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  • 05 May 2016 5:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GFCA will hold an important Town Hall meeting on Brooks Farm on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 pm at the Great Falls Library.  The program will feature presentations by Great Falls residents who have been involved recently in the negotiations over certain issues arising from a proposal to rezone Brooks Farm as a cluster development;  these issues include storm water management, tree preservation and road access.  The developer, Basheer & Edgemoor, has revised its original development proposal several times in the past year in response to discussions with Fairfax County and Great Falls residents.  The Fairfax County Planning Commission held a hearing on the proposal on January 21, 2016 but has deferred a decision while several remaining issues are addressed.  These issues will be covered at this GFCA meeting.  

    GFCA continues to oppose approval of the current proposal.

    All GFCA members and Great Falls residents are encouraged to attend, both because of Brooks Farm’s importance and also because this meeting will provide a window into how the County evaluates rezoning and development proposals, and how the opinions of neighbors, HOAs, civic organizations and residents factor into their decision.


  • 31 Mar 2016 4:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The demolition of the old Exxon station was finally started today, promising the correction of a multi-year eyesore as the site is cleared for the eventual construction of a TD bank location.  The old Exxon station site has been the focus of groundwater contamination clean up efforts for the past few years.  Those efforts will continue at this site, as well as across Walker Road underneath the shopping center parking lot to which the contamination has spread.

  • 31 Mar 2016 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GFCA is seeking volunteers with an interest in our community who are willing to serve as Directors on the GFCA Executive Board for the term beginning July 1.  

    No previous board experience is needed – just an interest in serving Great Falls. 

    Candidates must be GFCA members and be present at our Town Hall meeting on May 10, 7:30 p.m.  GFCA elections will be held Jun 14, 7:30 p.m.  

    Contact Ed Phillips, Nominations Chair, at Nominations@gfca.org for more information or express interest.


  • 14 Mar 2016 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, plans were announced for the demolition of the old Exxon station, which has been an eyesore in Great Falls for the past few years complicated by the need to clean up groundwater contamination from past gasoline spills at the site.  The land is currently owned by Capital Petroleum, with plans to have a new TD Bank branch constructed there.

    In a meeting this morning with Supervisor Foust, TD bank representatives disclosed:

    • Although TD Bank has not taken possession of the site, they have now arranged with Capitol Petroleum to demolish and remove the building and canopy. Demolition efforts will begin around April 1 2016.

    • TD Bank’s site plan has been approved by Fairfax County. They expect to begin construction in August 2016 and complete in January 2017. They plan to open for business next February.



  • 27 Feb 2016 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In response to residents’ concerns about loss of tree canopy in Great Falls neighborhoods, community organizations have teamed up to present a public Tree Forum at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike. 

    The speakers will discuss preserving trees during the residential development process, particularly on in-fill lots, and how county officials, local residents, and developers can best work together. They can also address other tree related concerns, such as best care and planting of trees, tree trimming and removal along roads and utility lines, and the environmental benefits of trees.

    This program is open to the public and is sponsored by Supervisor John Foust, Fairfax County Tree Commission, Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA), Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division (UFMD), and Virginia Cooperative Extension.  The Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) will also be represented.

    Any meeting updates can be found on GFCA's Event calendar here



  • 27 Feb 2016 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On February 16, County Executive Ed Long released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017. The Board of Supervisors is currently conducting an extensive review of the Advertised Budget.

    On March 23, Supervisor John Foust will be holding a public meeting in Great Falls to present the budget and hear from residents.  School Board member Jane Strauss will also be present to discuss the proposed 2017 school budget.  County staff experts from the Office of Management and Budget will be part of the presentation and will answer questions.  

    The meeting will be held on Mar 23, at 7 p.m., at the Great Falls Grange.


  • 12 Feb 2016 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of our effort to provide feedback to FAA working groups studying noise from low flying aircraft in our area (see Jan 30 2016 post in Transportation News), GFCA's Transportation Committee is conducting a survey to determine whether aircraft noise is an issue for residents in any part of Great Falls.

    If you haven't already taken the survey, you can give us your opinion here:

    Take GFCA Aircraft Noise Survey here

  • 04 Feb 2016 8:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Feb 3, GFCA's President Eric Knudsen sent a letter to the Fairfax County Planning Commission  expressing continued concerns about the current proposed development on the Brooks Farm property.

    "The GFCA and its membership have been raising meaningful concerns for many many months about the proposed plans including the re-zoning, and while the developer has been responsive in some areas we believe the plan and proffers offered by the applicant are insufficient to address the numerous concerns expressed by the community", said Mr. Knudsen, explaining the reason behind the letter.

    The letter details GFCA's continued concerns about the Brooks Farm development:

    1. The application and Staff Report do not acknowledge or address the significant existing erosion and storm water damage to the Pond Branch Stream Valley

    2. Although the applicant purports to propose state-of-the-art storm water management techniques, GFCA is concerned about the long-term  maintenance of  these facilities

    3. The  proposed development's proximity to, and negative effect  upon, nearby Walker Lake is not being adequately addressed

    4. Proffers should be specifically allocated for funding the restoration of Pond Branch Stream Valley in Great Falls

    5. The County Staff réport has not given enough attention to the construction  effects on trees in the proposed conservation easement and adjoining  properties

    6. The County is relying almost entirely on HOA enforcement and maintenance of the proposed environmental control systems without HOA plans in place to do so.  The developer should be required to submit the  proposed HOA manual to the County for public comment three to four weeks before the Board of Supervisors considers this application

    7. Homeowners near the development remain concerned that their existing wells may be impacted. Some potential step such as indemnification by the developer for this risk should be put in place.


    The full text of Mr. Knudsen's letter can be found here.
  • 01 Feb 2016 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the recent battle to influence the development of Brooks Farm, another large parcel is up for sale and likely development. Marmota Farm is the largest still-undeveloped parcel in central Great Falls.  It is located on the north side of Georgetown Pike just east of the Old Schoolhouse.

    GFCA will host a TownHall meeting for residents interested in learning more about Marmota Farm.  It will be held Feb 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Great Falls Library.  GFCA’s Land Use & Zoning Committee will moderate the program; speakers will include representatives from the group 'Save Marmota Farm', the Fairfax County Park Authority, and Supervisor John Foust’s office.  The property owner's representative and residents from a nearby neighborhood may also speak.

    There will be a Q&A period for individuals at the end of the session and GFCA will provide short updates on other local land use issues.  The public is invited; please watch www.gfca.org for more information. 

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    Marmota Farm, located at 9800 Georgetown Pike, is privately-held, zoned residential, and currently for sale.  It could be subdivided for individual home lots and developed, on a by-right basis.  Many area stakeholders have raised concerns to GFCA about the fate of this property and what may become of it if it is sold.  A local group – 'Save Marmota Farm' – has proposed that the Fairfax County Park Authority purchase the property to preserve it as a semi-rural park.
  • 01 Feb 2016 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the county staff's recent recommendation to approve the development plan and zoning exception requested by the developer of Brooks Farm, two important community meetings were held.

    Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust hosted a public meeting at the Great Falls Elementary School, on January 19, to articulate the current facts about the application as well as address questions or concerns from audience members. The meeting was well attended, with nearly 100 residents in addition to members from the applicant's team and other county representatives, and lasted well over 2 hours. All interested residents were given an opportunity to speak and ask questions.

    Subsequently, on January 21, the Fairfax County Planning Commission held its public hearing on the matter at the main auditorium at the Fairfax County Government Center. After affirmation of the application and opening remarks from the developer's attorney, public testimony was heard. 14 pre-registered speakers addressed the Planning Commission, with some speaking as individuals and others representing larger groups such as HOAs. Eric Knudsen (Pres.) spoke on behalf of the Great Falls Citizen's Association. The Planning Commission deferred its formal vote and recommendation on the matter until 04 February, 2016.

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    Brooks Farm, a 50+ acre property located between Walker Road and Springvale Rd. in Great Falls, is currently under consideration for re-zoning and development. Basheer and Edgemoor Brooks, LLC has applied to Fairfax County to re-zone the property from R-A (Rural Agricultural) to R-E (Residential Estate) and develop in into 20 single family homes in a cluster subdivision. 

    The staff report and development plan can be reviewed here:  Planning Staff Report

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