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Advisory: Panel to Develop Community Engagement Plan for Fairfax County

WASHINGTON, DC (April 20, 2017) – On April 26-27, ULI Washington will host its first Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) as part of its new Regional Fellows Program. The purpose is to assist Fairfax County in the development of a community engagement process and communications plan in order to effectively engage local stakeholders on land use issues, and to include recommendations that can be used as a template for future community outreach and engagement.   

After interviews with various stakeholders and a strategy and brainstorming session, the fellowship team, led by Honorary Fellow and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, will hold an open press presentation of its findings, the details of which can be found below: 

Who: Urban Land Institute Washington Regional Fellows Program; Sharon Bulova, Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

What: Initial panel findings and recommendations to Fairfax County on Broadening the Effectiveness of Community Outreach and Engagement in Fairfax County

Where: Fairfax County Government Center, Herrity Building, Park Authority Board Room: 9th Floor, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035

When: Thursday, April 27; 4:30-6:00pm 

Fairfax County is the largest jurisdiction in Virginia with over 1.14 million residents and containing over 406 square miles.  The County is divided into nine magisterial districts, each represented by an elected member of the Board of Supervisors, and by the Chairman of the Board who serves at-large.  

As with many jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, Fairfax County is experiencing an increasing need to engage with a broader array of citizens on land use topics.  While the County is shifting towards a more paper-less means of communicating with its citizenry, it has continued to employ traditional outreach methods to engage the various segments of the population on land use issues. These traditional methods of engagement may not facilitate opportunities for the changing population of Fairfax County to actively and continuously engage with County staff and decision makers on matters related to planning and development.  

To begin to address this issue, Fairfax County as a Member of the inaugural class of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington Regional Fellows Program, is participating in a TAP that will advise the County on ways to enhance its community outreach and engagement.

The ULI Washington Regional Fellows Program is modeled after the Daniel Rose Fellowship, a program jointly operated by ULI and the National League of Cities. For the inaugural year of the program, ULI Washington has invited three jurisdictions in the Metropolitan Washington region to participate-Montgomery County, Maryland; Fairfax County, Virginia; and the city of Alexandria, Virginia. A fellowship team from each jurisdiction has identified and will further study a land use challenge that warrants further study. The final findings will be released in a report later this year. To learn more about the Regional Fellows program, click here.

Technical Assistance Panels are volunteer groups of experienced individuals who have been assembled by Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington for their relevant expertise. For more information on ULI Washington’s Technical Assistance Panels, click here. 

To RSVP for this event please contact ulipress@millennialdc.com or 202-417-8605.

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