At GFCA's TownHall on May 12th, the membership voted overwhelmingly in opposition to the current development plans for the Brooks Farm property. The following is a summary of the meeting.
- Over 100 people were in attendance (not counting speakers), and 91 members of GFCA were present.
- A summary of GFCA’s outreach efforts in regard to Brooks Farm was given and the resolution to be voted on (download here) was presented. The question was whether the association’s members were in favor of, or opposed to, the resolution. Those in favor of the resolution would be expressing their opposition to the requested rezoning and cluster development as currently proposed, which calls for rezoning from Rural Agricultural to Residential Estate and the construction of 20 private residences on approximately 52 acres. The resolution endorses a belief that the property should be developed as a five-acre subdivision, perhaps in the Fairfax County Residential-Conservation (“RC”) zoning category. Finally, the resolution calls for development controls during construction, restoration of environmental damage, protection of the common area, and state-of-the-art storm water management on every lot.
- Representatives from the developer, Basheer & Edgemoore, provided an update on the proposed plans and number of changes that have been made.
- Melonie Sullivan and Phil Whitworth, representatives from “The Heart of Great Falls”, spoke about the community’s concerns.
- Questions and comments were then taken from the floor.
- The vote was called. The resolution passed: 79 in favor; 9 opposed; 3 abstentions.