2016 March – Fairfax Forward

Moving Fairfax Forward
Land Use Planning & Citizen Engagement
March 22, 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Guest Speakers

Kenneth A. Lawrence
Providence District Planning Commissioner

Marianne Gardner
Director, Planning Division, Dept. of Planning and Zoning

Meghan Van Dam
Chief, Policy and Plan Development Branch, Dept. of Planning and Zoning

In 2013 Fairfax County adopted a new way to regularly review and update its land use plan. Called “Fairfax Forward,” the new process expands public participation, allows for a more systematic and geographically logical review of the county’s land use plan, and provides a more focused approach to future planning studies.
How is Fairfax Forward working? We’ll find out from those who have been most closely involved in developing and implementing these new planning and citizen engagement tools. Anyone interested in land use issues and the future of their communities is sure to find this an informative session.

Amphora Restaurant
377 Maple Avenue, West  Vienna, VA 22180
Dinner Cost:  Members – $39  Non-Members – $49
Please state your meal with your RSVP by Saturday, March 20
Fish, Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Networking: 7:00 – 7:30 PM
Dinner:  7:30 – 8:00 PM
Program:  8:00 – 9:00 PM

Seating is only guaranteed with an advance RSVP to info@fairfaxcommittee100.org

About the speakers:

lawrenceKenneth A. Lawrence has been the Providence District Planning Commissioner since January 2004. In addition to handling Providence District land use applications, Commissioner Lawrence serves as a member of the Planning Commission’s Transportation Committee and as an alternate member of the Policy and Procedure Committee.

Commissioner Lawrence is an active member in various community organizations. He has chaired the Briarwood Citizen’s Association Land Use Committee and served as the Briarwood representative on the 2001 Area Plan Review task force. He also chaired the work group on the Fairlee out-of-turn plan amendment in the Providence District. In addition, Commissioner Lawrence is a member of the Northern Virginia Family Services’ Training Futures Advisory Council and an active volunteer with the American Lung Association of Virginia, serving as a member on the Government Relations Committee.

Commissioner Lawrence retired in 1998 from a 40-year career in private industry and the federal government. He began his career conducting training device design and human factors research, which ultimately led to a focus in instructional design.

MarianneGardnerpicMarianne Gardner serves as Planning Division Director in Fairfax County’s Department of Planning and Zoning, and also as an assistant department director. The Planning Division maintains and updates the adopted Comprehensive Plan and evaluates all proposed amendments. The division director since 2011, Marianne has almost thirty years of planning experience, much of which was gained in Fairfax County after beginning as one of county’s first revitalization planners.  Marianne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Science in Community Development from Georgia State University.

MVD headshotMeghan Van Dam, AICP serves as Chief to the Policy and Plan Development Branch within the Planning Division of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning.  The primary functions of the branch include managing Fairfax Forward, the Comprehensive Plan review process; reviewing major planning studies and other proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan; and administering the Comprehensive Plan online, project websites, and the Fairfax County Land Use Planning Facebook page. Meghan joined Fairfax County in 2004 after completing her Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning and Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.


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