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  • 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.

  • 01 Dec 2014 6:15 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The GFCA held a public discussion on cleanup plans for the Exxon groundwater contamination during our Town Hall meeting on November 11. About 60 residents and business leaders attended, and many questions were asked.

    Representatives of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Mr. Alex Wardle and Mr. Randy Chapman, presented.  As did representatives of Fairfax Petroleum.

    GFCA representatives reiterated our demand for a more robust and more complete cleanup.  On Dec 1, GFCA's President submitted formal comments asking that the plan be strengthened.

    For more information, go here.


  • 05 Nov 2014 8:09 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The public hearing on Basheer Redevelopment's rezoning request, to allow cluster development on a 50-acre farm site along Springvale Rd, has been moved.  It will now be held on Wed Dec 3, 7:30 p.m., at Forestville Elementary School.  A large audience is expected.

    More information here.

    Event details here.

  • 28 Oct 2014 4:35 PM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    The Board of Supervisors today approved a master plan which would add more than 1,000 miles of new cycling routes over the next 30 years - including major routes in Great Falls.

    For more information, click here.

  • 30 Sep 2014 11:56 AM | Phil Pifer (Administrator)

    On September 25, GFCA met with the owners of the contaminated old Exxon gas station site and reviewed their pending proposal for additional cleanup of the spreading underground water contamination created by the gasoline additive MTBE in groundwater. Here is the current contamination plume map.



    On September 30, GFCA sent a letter to the owners (Fairfax Petroleum) asking them to reevaluate a critical element of their proposal. The owners are proposing a single well for removing contaminated groundwater.  GFCA and its professional consultant believe that 3 wells, situated strategically at different points of the spreading contamination, will do a better job of eliminating contamination, and faster.

    More information can be found here.



  • 12 Sep 2014 1:06 PM | Philip Pifer (Administrator)

    GFCA's Second Annual Urban Tree Walk

    Join two local tree experts on a walk around the Great Falls Grange Park and down Innsbruck Avenue to learn about some of our finest local tree species. They'll show you the difference between a white pine and a Virginia pine, and a red oak and a red bud tree. This GFCA program is fun for adults and children alike! Wear some good walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and meet us in front of the Grange at 1 pm on Sunday, September 28.  See here for event information.  For questions, contact Bill Canis at bcanis@yahoo.com.

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