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  • 30 Mar 2015 3:35 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    Last fall, GFCA launched a community-wide program to plant new white oak trees in local parks and at residents’ homes, churches and businesses. 17 large white oaks were planted at Colvin Run Mill, Lockmeade Park, the Great Falls Library, Smith Chapel United Methodist Church and a number of local homes. This popular program will resume this year in April, with a new batch of trees to be planted by May 1.

    If you would like to donate funds for a tree in one of our local parks, including Riverbend and the Old Schoolhouse, residents can send in a tax-deductible contribution of $466 to the Fairfax County Park Foundation, at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 404, Fairfax, VA 22035. Their telephone is 703.324.8582. Website is: www.fairfaxparkfoundation.org. Please mark checks with: "Great Falls Legacy White Oak Planting."

    If you would like to sponsor a white oak to be planted on private property, residents can have a 10’ white oak planted for $406 and, for an additional $150, have the tree watered every week throughout the spring and summer. For more information, please contact environment@gfca.org.


  • 30 Mar 2015 3:00 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    A range of environmental issues have been raised by residents, GFCA, and Fairfax County staff relating to the proposed development of Brooks Farm.  GFCA requested a two-month delay in the county’s consideration of this rezoning application so a more in-depth environmental review could be conducted.

    GFCA will be hosting a public forum on Tuesday, April 14 to learn more about the County's environmental evaluation of the proposal and answer questions from Great Falls residents.  The meeting will be held at 7:30 pm at the GF Library.

    GFCA has asked Fairfax County officials to address:

    • Department of Public Works and Environmental Services—storm water management, Resource Protection Areas (RPAs) and forest management    
    • Health Department—well and septic review    
    • Department of Planning & Zoning—other environmental reviews    

    Speakers will address both broad county environmental policies and specific considerations re: the Brooks Farm application.  The meeting is a joint initiative of the GFCA Land Use & Zoning Committee and the Environment, Parks & Trails Committee.    

  • 20 Mar 2015 7:25 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    At March's TownHall meeting, GFCA's Land Use and Zoning committee chair, Jennifer Semko, provided an update on review activities and progress in the evaluation of the proposed rezoning and cluster development on the Brooks Farm property.  

    As part of its continued fact finding and investigation of the pending application, GFCA's LUZ and Environment (EPT) committees will hold a public committee meeting on Tuesday, April 14, at the Grange.

    The Planning Commission hearing on the rezoning application has recently been postponed to June 10, 2015. Approximately two weeks before that hearing, Fairfax County staff will publish a report and analysis of the application. Final approval of the application rests with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, who will consider the application on a hearing date that is not yet scheduled. In the meantime, the LUZ Committee will continue its ongoing efforts to both communicate community concerns to the applicant and County staff, as well as provide an ongoing source of information for Great Falls residents.

    More information on specific activities, past and future, is available on the LUZ Committee newsblog here.

  • 03 Mar 2015 3:22 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    On Feb 5, GFCA's Land Use and Zoning Committee (LUZ) held a public hearing on the process for the County's consideration of the rezoning application and development proposal submitted by Basheer Development for the 50-acre Brooks Farm property between Springvale and Walker Road.  Five members of County staff answered questions and over 50 Great Falls citizens attended.  

    This hearing was a step in GFCA's and LUZ's investigation and exploration of the proposal for Brooks Farm, issues surrounding it (environmental, legal, and community impact), and the determination of a position on the matter.  The final decision will be taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, with the advice of County staff, most likely sometime this summer.  GFCA and LUZ are actively working on the review, which includes active dialog with both the County and the developer.

    GFCA has also posted information from the developer on the proposal, including plans for the cluster development.

    For a more detailed summary of the Feb 5 meeting, for status on GFCA's review process for Brooks Farm, or to obtain copies of the developer's plans, please go here.

  • 19 Feb 2015 10:26 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    Yesterday, an article appeared in the Great Falls Connection which covered the deer population problem in Great Falls, and the activities and discussions underway to find a solution. GFCA's Environment (EPT) Committee was featured.

    A copy of the article can be found here.  A section of our website has been devoted to Resources for residents of Great Falls, and we have created a subsection devoted to the deer population issue.  It can be found by visiting Resources > Great Falls Resources > Deer and Forest Management in the navbar above, or by clicking here.

  • 28 Jan 2015 4:10 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The GFCA Town Hall meeting on January 13, 2015 focused on deer management. 

    • Results of GFCA's 2014 survey of Great Falls residents on deer and forest health, lyme disease and deer/vehicle collisions were presented. 
    • Great Falls residents Lt. Col. Matt Allison, Jerry Peters and Catherine Sullivan discussed an innovative local program to encourage more deer hunting on private land in Great Falls.  Called "GreenFire", it promises to help reduce the deer herds that are denuding the forest undergrowth and the next generation of tree saplings. 
    • Excerpts of a science video were presented, demonstrating how trees and other species have returned to Yellowstone National Park through a deer and elk population control program.
    The survey results, GreenFire information, and a link to the video are available to the public in a new section of this website.  See Resources>Great Falls Resources>Deer Management in the navbar above, or click here.

  • 23 Jan 2015 8:24 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    As part of its continued fact finding and investigation of the pending rezoning application related to the Brooks Farm property in Great Falls, the GFCA Land Use and Zoning (LUZ) Committee will hold its next committee meeting on Thursday, February 5, at 7 pm at the Great Falls Library...

    More information can be found here Land Use & Zoning News

  • 09 Jan 2015 4:05 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    NPS is proposing an increase in entrance fees at Great Falls Park, and is seeking public comment. This would be the first entrance fee increase in nine years. The proposed changes would generate an additional $500,00 annually that would be used to improve park facilities, infrastructure and visitor services at Great Falls Park.

    A 3-day vehicle pass would increase from $5 to $15 (but for a 7-day pass). Annual Park passes would increase from $20 to $30 - still a comparative value compared to many recreation options. Motorcycle and Pedestrian pass fees would also increase.

    If you are interested in learning more or registering your opinion, please go to ParkPlanning.NPS.gov/GreatFallsParkFees

  • 01 Jan 2015 11:12 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The owners of the 52-acre property known as “Brooks Farm” in Great Falls and developer Basheer & Edgemoore have applied to Fairfax County to rezone the property from RA (Rural Agricultural District) to RE (Residential Estate District) and proposed developing the property with 23 new single-family detached homes as a cluster subdivision. On December 3, 2014, GFCA hosted a public meeting regarding this rezoning application. The meeting was to allow the developer to present to the community its development plans, and for community members to ask questions and raise concerns. Speakers at the meeting included representatives of the developer and Fairfax County staff, as well as several Great Falls residents with concerns about the proposed development and its potential effects on the community. Roughly 130 Great Falls residents attended, as did Supervisor John Foust.

    More information on the meeting, and GFCA plans to evaluate the Brooks Farm proposal, can be viewed here.

  • 26 Dec 2014 5:49 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    On December 2 the Transportation Committee and representatives from neighborhoods that border Route 7 met to discuss the Route 7 Widening project. As this will have a significant impact on the community, GFCA felt that it was important to ensure that residents were aware of plans and had an opportunity to let the committee and GFCA know their opinions and concerns before the VDOT design is completed. While information gathered at this meeting has been sent to VDOT for their review and consideration, GFCA has not taken a position on these issues pending further discussion.

    Further information and a summary of community feedback can be found here.

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