Environmental sustainability was a hot topic Wednesday night at the final meeting of the county's 'Evolution of Fairfax' series.
The future prosperity of Fairfax County lies in environmental consciousness, alternative energy and “transitional thinking,” said architect Doug Carter during Wednesday night’s final installment in the Evolution of Fairfax lecture series.
“Collectively, we are messing up our planet,” said Doug Carter, a forward-thinking architect who has lived and worked in the area for 40 years. “I happen to think that global warming is real and a very imminent danger to all of us. We need to change the way we do things, and we need to generate new alternative energy sources.”
Carter was one of three speakers who capped off a series of panel discussions that covered Fairfax County’s past, present and future. . . .Why isn't this kind of creative, environmentally and community friendly thinking being applied in the ongoing DPZ leadership of the Reston Planning Task Force?
Instead, the Reston task force is being led by the County's Planning Staff to ever higher density of office development based on unrealistic forecasts of future growth, unrealistic oversized assumptions about how much space is needed for employees and residents and undersized assumptions about space for recreation, education, nature, & transportation, and absolutely no consideration of the implications for this growth on the sustainability, livability, mobility, and aesthetics of what was a planned community.
And, yes, the key Board culprits who are moving Reston in this direction, Chairman Bulova and our Supervisor Hudgins, were there to cheer lead this set of panel discussions. Now they are back to work cramming as much development into Reston (and Tysons) as they can. And when push comes to shove and the Board is given the opportunity to reject the outlandish plan that DPZ is preparing, we all know how these two will vote. They are of the "more is better" school of government.
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