LAND USE COMMITTEE
Norman Myers, Chairperson
Mission: To improve land use regulations and practices in the five counties of the Friends program area (Loudoun, Clarke, Fauquier and Rappahannock in Virginia and Jefferson in West Virginia) so that they continue to preserve and enhance the Blue Ridge Mountains as a valued resource and treasured space for future generations. As chair of the Land Use Committee, Norman Myers represents FBRM on the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition. He participated on the SWAT Team (an advocacy group for the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan). He continues to participate in the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite (ZOR) Committee (advocation for Improving Cluster Design in the Rural Planning Area), and the Committee for addressing Loudoun County’s Unmet Housing Needs. As such, he serves as an advocate for maintaining the rural character and natural features of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as Western Loudoun, which is occupies approximately 3/5 of the entire in County. In addition, he has written position papers and lobbied on behalf of FBRM on issues concerning planning, zoning, performance standards for rural economy uses, subdivision design standards, and a leader in opposition to the AT&T data center on the Short Hill.
CELEBRATIONS, OUTREACH, AND COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Rebekka Prinz, Chairperson
Mission: To plan, coordinate and publicize events and activities that engage a variety of people from across the region in celebrating, preserving, and enhancing the Blue Ridge Mountains. To avail opportunities to introduce our mission and our work to a variety of audiences. To produce written and electronic materials on behalf of the organization and its activities as needed.
MEMBERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Peter Weeks, Chairperson
Mission: to expand the number of members for the purpose of ensuring that Friends maintains a strong financial base, providing volunteers for special projects and raising awareness of the need to safeguard the treasured Blue Ridge Mountains. To cultivate and seek major gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations as needed for special projects.
Patric Copeland, Chairperson
Mission: to highlight the value of stewardship practices in conserving the health of the Blue Ridge mountains to members and the public through Action, Education, and Outreach; and to help raise funds to assist members with on the ground stewardship projects.
Carole Napolitano, Chairperson
Mission: to promote awareness and appreciation of the importance of audiences through programs and initiatives that feature the mountains diverse resource and historic/cultural significance