Quality of Life

Fairfax County’s established quality of life must not to be taken for granted. Only through balanced, deliberate, and gutsy governance did the Board of Supervisors protect residents from potentially devastating losses to community services and quality of life as a result of the Great Recession. Phil’s depth and breadth of experiences have prepared him to step in immediately to help protect and improve upon our quality of life, whether in good times or bad.

To protect and grow our quality of life, Phil will:

Champion public education.

  • Compensate Fairfax County Public Schools employees with competitive benefits and wages.

  • Be a proponent for early childhood education.

  • Promote partnerships that foster a fully integrated education system that will serve all ages and interests, from pre-K to lifelong learning opportunities.

  • Work with youth and adult sports leagues to enhance and construct recreational facilities.

Protect the environment.

  • Utilize regulatory, enforcement, and acquisition authorities to minimize damage to the environment, prevent groundwater run-off, and increase open space.

  • Advocate for pedestrian and bike-friendly public facilities.

  • Seek to reward innovation, particularly in relation to our most difficult challenges such as transportation.

  • More fully leverage the county’s relationship with the Smart Cities initiative to assess and deploy emerging transport technologies.

Expand affordable housing options.

  • Use land use planning tools to leverage density for increases in affordable housing and restore the “Penny for Affordable Housing” fund to help grow the county’s inventory.

  • Support health and other service programs and housing options that will allow elderly residents to age-in-place while also promoting assisted-living facility construction.

  • Investigate the use of public-private partnerships to build affordable units for both younger residents and seniors seeking to live independently.

Strengthen our commitment to the arts, parks, and recreation.

  • Promote the arts and increase the number of art venues.

  • Support the work of the Park Authority to broaden public access to parks and recreation facilities.

  • Explore public-private financing or options for shared use of public facilities, such as for performing arts centers and athletic fields.

Tackle the opioid epidemic

  • Support police as they seek to shut down illegal opioid and fentanyl distributors.

  • Ensure that opioid users are eligible for Diversion First consideration in order to be diverted to facilities with medical support capabilities.

  • Provide support services for at-risk youth and their families who have fallen victim to drug, alcohol and opioid addiction by coordinating services with the school system.


Smart Growth

With Tysons, Greater Merrifield, and Inova centers of business growth, development, and innovation, Providence District is the economic engine of Fairfax County, if not the Commonwealth. Phil will work to ensure these economic centers continue their dynamic and diversified growth where people can live, work and play. He will also promote the revitalization of aging neighborhoods, retail centers and outmoded suburban-style business parks.

Phil believes that continued investment of time, energy and resources into economic development has, and will continue to, pay dividends in jobs and an enlarged tax base. Economic development, however, must be balanced against the potential impacts experienced by neighbors and the environment. Fairfax County must continue to be smart and strategic in regulating land use and the investment in public facilities; and by planning for and even advancing 21st century design and technology options, such as autonomous transit vehicles.

To promote smart growth, Phil will:

  • Promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy technologies.

  • Promote deployment of advanced transit technologies between Tysons and Inova to get people out of their cars and off Gallows Road.

  • Encourage developers to make full use of urban center development authorities in the zoning ordinance, particularly as related to density around Metro stations.

  • Push for new construction that is energy efficient and employs renewable energy technologies where feasible.

  • Advocate for broad public access to WiFi in public spaces.

  • Promote student competitions and “hackathons” to generate innovative solutions to public policy issues, such as affordable housing.

  • Promote the adoption of best practices and willingness to learn from others.


Community

Providence is diverse in race, culture, age and income. This rich diversity is to be celebrated as a strength; our community is strongest when we all thrive. Phil embraces the County’s “One Fairfax” policy directing that all residents be given an equal opportunity to succeed, regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, income, ability, or where they live. County government and Fairfax County Public Schools must be inclusive and protective of all. Experiencing community is also dependent on the neighbors-helping-neighbors and the connectedness of people. Phil will promote strong neighborhoods and the use of technology to connect people to each other and to the County government.

To build community, Phil will:

  • Practice inclusion in the conduct of his office and in his appointments to committees and commissions.

  • Reach out to the full array of Providence’s diverse communities to both hear from them but to also tap their potential to help address problems.

  • Ensure that the diverse public is engaged in Fairfax County strategic planning processes.

  • Follow-up on all complaints he receives regarding access to County services.

  • Visit neighborhoods, HOAs, and other community groups to both listen, but to also promote connecting neighbors and neighborhoods.

  • Promote the development of County-managed digital apps for connecting neighbors with neighbors, and neighborhoods with public services.

  • Call for full implementation of the Diversion First program -- including mobile units -- that moves the mentally ill into treatment and not jail.

  • Seek to partner with the School System to ensure services are coordinated in support of at-risk youth and their families who have fallen victim to drug, alcohol and opioid addiction.

  • Fight for common sense gun control measures and close dangerous loopholes.


Good Governance

Phil will work energetically to ensure that our County provides responsive and quality services for all Providence residents — from public safety to safe drinking water — at the lowest effective cost. The best way to maintain broad community support for schools and county services is to perform well and be accountable. Phil will advocate with the Virginia General Assembly that it unlock revenue-generating options to relieve the homeowner’s property-tax burden. As Providence Supervisor, constituent support for solutions to problems will be his highest priority, whether they be Route 66 hot lane construction, potholes, snowplowing, or trash pickup. He will work to ensure that a safety net remains in place to support our residents’ most basic needs.

To build high quality, responsive and efficient public services, Phil will seek to:

  • Institute best Board governance practices and promote communication and cooperation among Supervisors in support of their respective districts and the County at large.

  • Review the processes by which the performances of the County Executive and leadership team are assessed and rewarded. Ensure that the focus is on continuous improvement and adoption of national best practices.

  • Promote consolidation of County and School System “backroom” business processes, such as payroll and accounting services.

  • Promote the formation of an independent digital management agency that will protect sensitive law enforcement data, while also assuring the privacy of members of the public. Examples of such digital data are police use of dashboard and body-worn cameras, and forthcoming multiple-agency use of drone-mounted cameras.

  • Seek to deploy digital platforms to promote civic engagement in the formation of County policy.

  • Seek provisions within the Capital Improvement Program that direct County agencies and the school system to give priority to redeveloping or re-purposing existing County properties to meet demand for public facilities.

  • Convene regular “town hall” sessions and invite Providence residents to come listen and/or speak their mind.


Partnerships and Collaboration

Phil believes that none of his professional successes, and those as a community volunteer, were the result of his efforts alone. Similarly, he believes that constituents will be best served by a leadership style that builds partnerships and collaborates with others. Momentum for collaboration among the Board of Supervisors and School Board is stronger now than in a decade. As a former School Board member and Chairman, Phil will push to keep this relationship moving in this very constructive direction.  Phil will also advocate building other partnerships with the the federal government, the Commonwealth, neighboring governmental entities, and the private and non-profit sectors.

To build partnerships and collaborate with others, Phil will seek to:

  • Partner with fellow supervisors where adjacent or overlapping jurisdictional issues will be best addressed by working together

  • Continue the partnership with FCPS by continuing to build a mutual understanding of each other’s constraints and opportunities, particularly as related to budget and service demands.

  • Strengthen inter-jurisdictional cooperation in solving regional problems. Traffic volume on Highway 270 and 495 will not be relieved until an additional crossing of the Potomac is built. The Metro is funded by multiple jurisdictions, each with unique views on how to regain reliability and affordability and effectively manage the system.

  • Promote job-building partnerships between NOVA businesses and southern Virginia communities to meet business workforce demands and directly link Southwest Virginia to Fairfax economic success. These partnerships will also help motivate the General Assembly to address Fairfax County’s need for the same revenue diversification options available to the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.


The Environment

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The Greater Good

Providence District and Fairfax County exist within a progressively larger global geography and ecosystem. Phil will promote the understanding that the County and its residents are contributors to the protection of the global environment and all its integrated components. In short, Phil believes the County must do its part, within its authorities and control, to – as examples -- reduce carbon emissions that drive climate change; push for building and transportation energy efficiency; protect air quality, streams and rivers; and the rich and biodiverse plant and animal life.

 To promote the greater good, within the County’s authorities and control, Phil will:

  • Seek to achieve County government carbon-neutral operation by 2030.

  • Commit to implementing the County’s Operational Energy Strategy and Energy and Climate Action Plan.

  • Ensure that applicants fulfill the County’s expectations about protecting air quality, streams and rivers and area tree canopy.

  • Strengthen transportation private sector demand management programs to incentivize people to leave their cars at home, use mass transit, walk, or ride bikes to their destinations.