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Community Report
February 3, 2010
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Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us. —Richard I. Winwood
1st Thursdays Coming Soon (Save the date)

March 4 --
Local Foods and Sustainable Agriculture with
Hui Newcomb

April 1 --Rattlesnakes, Racers and Other Cool Snakes - Who Lives in Northern Virginia?
with Paul Petersen, Naturalist, Prince William Forest Park

May 6 --
Managing Deer in the Suburbs with
Charles Smith, Natural Resource Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority

The Gaia Theory - 1st Thursday Speaker Series

Mourning DoveWhen: Thursday, February 4, 7:30 pm

Where: Bull Run Unitarian Church,9350 Main Street, Manassas

Speaker: Martin Ogle, Chief Naturalist, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

Wow, with all the snow and more on the way, tomorrow night looks like our big chance to get out and about! We hope you can join your conservation-friendly friends for a great presentation and lively conversation.

The Gaia Theory is a scientific way to view the Earth as a single living system. It is taught as Earth System Science in many universities, but sometimes still dismissed as New Age religion by some.

Join Martin Ogle to learn about this tantalizing idea as he explains, in layman's terms, the science, history and societal implications of Gaia Theory.

  Update on the Comprehensive Plan
Tufted TitmouseLast night the Board of Supervisors approved new Transportation and Land Use Chapters of the Comprehensive Plan.

Although the public hearing was closed, some citizens shared their views at Citizens Time. Mid-county SRR communities were well represented, showing strong support for the draft text intended to better protect the Occoquan Reservoir.

However, after Citizens Time was closed, Chairman Stewart and Supervisor Jenkins proposed substantive changes to the drafts, including one that removes public hearing requirements for the addition of lights at ball fields countywide.

Other amendments targeted the Mid-County SRR district, where the majority of Supervisors rejected draft text intended to increase protection for environmental resources in close proximity to our public drinking water supply, including creation of an Occoquan Reservoir Protection Overlay Zone.

Instead, most Supervisors voted to maintain a business-as-usual approach, negating input provided by citizens over the last two years.

Citizens were not provided with an opportunity to read or review the amended text. There was little discussion on most amendments, making it is difficult to understand or assess what was being proposed.

In the end, Supervisors approved the Transportation Chapter by unanimous vote. The Land Use Chapter was approved by a 7-1 vote, with Supervisor Mike May standing alone in advocating for a transparent process and a more positive Comprehensive Plan.

Share your views on our blog here.