Supes Line Up to Add Proposals to Budget

Members of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors are lining up with proposed additions to the new budget presented on Monday by County Executive Anthony H. Griffin.
Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) wants $600,000 to improve the county's ability to enforce promises made by developers to limit traffic. In exchange for approval of projects, companies often agree to offer workers parking discounts, encourage car and van pooling, and subsidize Metro or VRE fares, all in the name of what planners call "transportation demand management" (TDM).
But Fairfax County has done little to enforce these agreements, which have proliferated in recent years. Smyth said there are currently 140 TDM "proffers," or promises from developers, that need monitoring. She wants $177,638 to fund two positions in the county Department of Transportation for officials to scrutinize and enforce TDM commitments. She also wants spend $250,000 a year for marketing and outreach consultants to help businesses in congested areas develop and implement TDM programs for their employees. Another $100,000 would go toward brochures and marketing materials fo promote TDM.

Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) is pushing for approximately $300,000 to continue operating mid-day bus service on the Reston-Falls Church route (505) at 15 minute intervals. Since 2004, the service has been funded largely by a transportation proffer, but the money has been spent
The board will discuss these and other "budget consideration items" in the coming weeks. Final adoption of the budget scheduled for April 30.

--Bill Turque

By Bill Turque |  March 1, 2007; 10:44 AM ET
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