GFCA has dropped its opposition to the proposed rezoning of the Gulick Group's project on the Hill's Nursery property. In a letter sent today to the County Planning Commission, GFCA observed that all significant concerns expressed in our letter of June 28th have been satisfactorily addressed (often with revision) by the applicant and that the number of homes have been reduced from 10 to 9. We commend Gulick for working well with the GFCA and local residents to react constructively to the concerns and issues raised in this process.
However, in the letter GFCA President Bill Canis raised stronger concerns in general about continued development in Great Falls. Canis said:
"GFCA board members and general members are growing increasingly concerned about future rezoning and development efforts and believe the criteria the county employs to evaluate rezoning and Special Exception applications are outdated, insufficient and not representative of the unique nature of this area within the Dranesville district. We feel this is a critical long-range issue for the community and believe a serious review and revision of the county andlor state standards is merited to better reflect expected future trends in the decades ahead. We hope to engender the support of the Planning Commission as we study these issues and improve the standards for the betterment of all county residents."
The full text of the letter can be found here.