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  • 21 May 2015 5:44 PM | Phil Pifer


    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.
  • 20 May 2015 8:26 AM | Phil Pifer

    At the June 9th GFCA TownHall meeting, 3 by-laws revisions approved by the Executive Board in February will be presented to the membership for approval.  These are largely technical and procedural corrections to certain membership procedures reflecting best practice and technology improvements. 

    More information, and the text of the proposed revisions, can be found on the Membership newsblog, here

  • 19 May 2015 4:07 PM | Phil Pifer

    The Friends of the Great Falls Freedom Memorial will host Great Fall's annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial on Monday May 25, at 11 a.m.

    This year's activities will include a Taps bugler, patriotic songs By the St. Thomas a Becket Choir, remarks by retired Marine Corps Lieutenant General Arthur C. Blades, a reading of the names of each of the 25 Great Falls residents who have fallen in service to our country, wreath-laying by local dignitaries, and a raising of the flags by local Boy Scout Troop 55.

    The proceedings will conclude with the dedication of a White Oak tree to the memory of the founder of the GF Freedom Memorial, the late retired Marine Corps Colonel Pete Hilgartner.

    This ceremony is open to all and ample parking is available the the Library parking lot.  In case of rain, the ceremony will move into the Library's meeting room.

    For more information, see the Event calendar

  • 29 Apr 2015 9:54 PM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    On April 14th, GFCA held the third in a series of public meetings on the proposed rezoning and development of Brooks Farm. Part of the association’s fact finding and investigation of the pending application, the discussion focused on environmental issues associated with the proposed development that have been raised by the community.

    In response to concerns expressed at each of GFCA’s public meetings as well as ongoing dialogue with local residents over the last several months, the GFCA Executive Board moved a resolution opposing the rezoning application to be voted on by the general membership. The vote will occur at the May Town Hall meeting on May 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Forestville Elementary School, 1085 Utterback Store Road.

    While the public is welcome at the meeting, only GFCA members will be allowed to vote on the resolution.  The status of your membership can be found by logging into to this website (at the upper right).  All members in good standing (dues paid and current) on May 12 will be able to vote.  Renewal payments can be made on gfca.org.

    The resolution can be downloaded here.  For further information, see Land Use & Zoning News

  • 28 Apr 2015 11:47 AM | Pam Grosvenor (Administrator)

    The Nominations Committee will be presenting the slate of candidates for the GFCA Executive Board at the town hall meeting on May 12th. Members in good standing who are willing to serve on the Board can also be nominated from the floor at the May meeting provided that the nominee(s) consent in person or in writing.

    On the ballot are four officer positions as well as eight director positions. To learn about the responsibilities associated with these positions, see Article 4 of the GFCA Bylaws (gfca.org/GFCA-ByLaws). Members who are interested in running for the Executive Board should email the Nominations Committee: nominations@gfca.org and/or plan to attend the May meeting.

    The slate of candidates as of April 28 is shown below. Bios for these candidates will be posted on the GFCA website before the election in June.

    • President: Eric Knudsen
    • Vice President: Bill Canis
    • Secretary: TBD
    • Treasurer: TBD

    Board of Directors:

    • Ruth Carver
    • Wayne Foley
    • Torsten Kracht
    • Ed Phillips
    • TBD (4)

  • 13 Apr 2015 5:15 PM | Philip Pifer

    Elections for Board and Officer positions are being sought, for our annual elections which will be held this June.  

    Candidates must be members in good standing who will be effective leaders and contributors to GFCA's activities and who are supportive of our Mission.  

    Members may send nominations to the Nominations Committee by email.  See here for more information.

  • 09 Apr 2015 8:00 AM | Philip Pifer

    In a letter sent April 8, GFCA President Eric Knudsen provided reactions to the proposed budget being considered by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  Ralph Apton, chair of GFCA's Long Range Planning committee, presented oral comments at the BOS Budget public hearing on April 8. 

    GFCA is requesting a list of budget changes, enhancements, and assurances relating to a list of local priorities such as the Grange and Old Forestville School (as a community center for Great Falls), parks and library funding, transportation (especially Rt 7 widening), Trails enrichment, and the Resident Curatorship program essential to protect and preserve historic structures like the Turner Farmhouse. 

    More information, and the text of the GFCA letter to the Board of Supervisors, is available here.

  • 30 Mar 2015 5:06 PM | Phil Pifer

    The GFCA Long Range Planning & Development Committee (LRP) will hold a meeting to discuss local community priorities to be presented verbally and via letter at the Fairfax County FY 2016-17 Budget Public Hearing on April 7-9.

    The meeting will be held on Thu Apr 2 at 7:30 pm, at the Old Forestville Schoolhouse (at the Grange).

    For more information and a detailed agenda, see here.

  • 30 Mar 2015 3:35 PM | Phil Pifer

    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

    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.    

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