By John Lovaas Thursday, July 07, 2011Click here for the rest of this commentary.
Three weeks ago, I attended a full public meeting of the Reston Master Plan Task Force. After having faithfully attended nearly all Task Force and Task Force subcommittee meetings—over 100 in total—during 2010, I had concluded this wasn’t the best use of my time. Thus, my top New Year’s resolution for 2011 was to stop doing so. I kept that resolution until I stepped into the room on June 14. This was my first Task Force meeting in over six months.
But, lo, it was as though I had entered a time warp. The 20 Task Force members and Fairfax County Planning staff present were having a discussion nearly identical to ones I had heard in Task Force meetings in the summer of 2010, a full year ago. But, now they were not as far along in reaching conclusions about recommendations for the areas proximate to the three Metro-stations-to-be as they had been at the last meeting I attended! For the Task Force time stood still! . . .