Great Falls Citizens Association Calls Vote on Brooks Farm Development

Great Falls Citizens Association Calls Vote on Brooks Farm Development

More than 1,400 residents have petitioned to oppose the rezoning, according to Great Falls Citizens Association.

The Board of the Great Falls Citizens Association have called for its membership to vote on a resolution to oppose the Brooks Farm rezoning.

"We have not been convinced enough is being done to prevent damage to neighboring homes and pond," said GFCA president Eric Knudsen.

"Brooks Farm is an environmentally-sensitive area and the source of the headwaters of Pond Branch Stream watershed," he said. “GFCA has extensively studied the rezoning plans and discussed them in depth with Fairfax County staff, weighing arguments both for and against the Brooks Farm development. The resolution reflects the results of this inquiry into density, stormwater erosion and possible impact on water pressure in neighboring properties."

The resolution will be presented to the GFCA membership for action at the next general meeting on May 12, 2015, at 7:30 pm at Forestville Elementary School.

"GFCA has studied this application for many months, and public interest has remained high throughout the process. The input the committee has received from residents is that the current proposal does not sufficiently address their concerns," said Jennifer Semko, chair of GFCA's Land Use and Zoning Committee.

The GFCA resolution also calls for state-of-the-art stormwater management on every lot and in common areas, with development conditions, proffers and covenants imposed to ensure that sensitive environmental areas will be cared for during construction and well into the future, said Knudsen.