The Holmes Runner Archives page has received a big update featuring scans of select old issues and a cover gallery including gems such as these:
In January 2020, the Board of the Holmes Run Acres Civic Association (HRACA) established the Holmes Run Acres Community Survey Committee. Its purpose was to conduct a survey of all adult Holmes Run Acres residents to gather some basic demographic information about the community and to obtain information about the areas of concerns for the community in order to establish some priorities for the Board of the HRACA to address. By the end of October 2020, a total of 273 responses were received with an estimated response rate of 38.9%. At the beginning of 2021 the survey responses were compiled and a summary report was created to present the results.
View the report here.
On Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:30PM, the Holmes Run Acres Historic Overlay District (HOD) Community Meeting was held virtually via WebEx. Nicole Brannan, Fairfax County Heritage Staff in charge of this project, reports that around 40 folks attended at the time of the WebEx meeting (plus Fairfax County staff. Supervisor Palchik also attended briefly), and 59 viewings have happened since the video was posted. The video is available online: search HRA HOD Community Meeting on fairfaxcounty.gov website.
At this time, Nicole is still preparing the Question and Answers from the Community Meeting, and we will post them here when she forwards them to us.
Learn more about the HOD here:
LURIA PARK STREAM CLEANUP
APRIL 24, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Please come out and help your neighbors keep
your neighborhood clean! Bags will be provided.
Meet at the bridge near the basketball court.
Please where a mask and follow social
For more information, contact Keith Peterson (I’m in the HRA directory and on the listserv!)
Click here for the flyer
Get ready for HRA's Eggcellent Adventure, a neighborhood-wide egg hunt!
Saturday, April 3, 10 am - 12 pm
Hi there. What a crazy weather week! Hopefully the sun is out to stay and everyone is ready to have a little fun tomorrow morning. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their yard and/or to help with egg hiding, we really appreciate it!
As a reminder, here are the details for tomorrow's egg hunt.
Eggs will be hidden throughout the neighborhood and in and around Luria Park in order to spread people out and keep safe distancing. Inside each egg is a 'ticket' which can be redeemed for prizes at 7805 Holmes Run Drive. There will be plenty of eggcellent photo opps there, too, to brighten the day even more.
Below is a map that highlights some of the areas where you can be sure to find eggs, but keep an eye out everywhere along the way! Please be mindful and not walk on or through people's yards - eggs will be hidden close to the street. There will also be chalk markings all around to make sure your little bunnies don't miss out!
The hunting will start at 10 am and you can visit 'headquarters' to snag prizes and feel festive until 12 pm.
You’re invited to the Holmes Run Acres HOD Community Meeting:
Monday, March 22, 2021 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Virtual WebEx Meeting
Call In Number: 1-844-621-3956
Access code: 129 039 6032
Join Fairfax County staff to learn more about the potential Holmes Run Acres Historic Overlay District.
Every household in HRA should have received a hard copy of this flyer in the mail:
HOD Community Meeting Flyer
For more information about the HRA HOD can be found here:
In February and March 2021, Fairfax County is conducting public outreach and seeking input from county residents and stakeholders on issues pertaining to the development of a Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan, or CECAP.
To capture public feedback on issues of particular importance, three different, short public surveys have been developed. The first relates to energy issues and topics, the second is dedicated to transportation, development, and waste-related issues, and the third includes open-ended questions to invite free-form feedback on the climate planning process in general.
In Fairfax County, energy use and transportation are the two greatest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The CECAP will address both issue areas, and with your input, we can ensure that the final plan reflects the needs of everyone in our community as we work to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
Take the energy survey
Take the transportation survey
Take the general survey
**All of the surveys will close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 14.**
Once you have completed the climate planning public surveys, we encourage you to also take a survey to help inform the countywide strategic plan. You can find the survey here.
The Virtual Providence Community Budget Town Hall
Co-hosted with the Providence District Council
When: Monday, March 8th at 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
How to Watch: Live Stream, Cable Channel 16, or Facebook Live.
Submit Questions: Email Providence@fairfaxcounty.gov or submit questions to
the Facebook Live Chat, or phone in (phone number provided day of event)
View the FY 2022 Advertised Budget Plan
View the Citizen's Guide to the Budget
Monthly Board Meetings
The next HRACA Board meeting is on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 8 pm. Should you like to attend, the link to the virtual meeting can be found on the HRACA Board Meetings and Documents page for members only. If you need to register for an account you can do so here.
HRACA 2020-2021 Budget
The proposed 2020-2021 budget for the HRACA can be also be found on the HRACA Board Meetings and Documents page. This proposed budget was approved at the August 2020 Board meeting. The effects of COVID-19 impacted the spending of the HRACA, especially when it came to planned social activities, both for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 budgets. Please take this into consideration when looking at the budget.
HRA 70th Anniversary
October 2021 marks the 70th Anniversary of HRA. A planning committee is being formed to begin working on ways we can celebrate this milestone as a community. If you are interested in helping, we welcome any and all assistance! The more volunteers the more we can do to celebrate. If you would like to help out, please let me know.
Fairfax County - Community-Wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP)
NOTE: The following text is directly from Fairfax County.
Fairfax County is in the midst of developing its first-ever Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan, or CECAP, and today, we would like to share some information with you about local climate action. Climate change occurs when greenhouse gases build up in our atmosphere and trap heat that might otherwise escape, causing shifts in global temperatures and weather patterns over time. The cars and trucks on our roads are one of the top two sources of greenhouse gases in Fairfax County.
In fiscal year 2020, Fairfax County residents owned and operated 933,452 vehicles. In a single year, that many vehicles consume more than 10.6 million barrels of oil. It would take 76 million trees ten years to counteract the carbon produced by these vehicles. It would be impractical to plant 76 million trees in Fairfax County, but we can take action otherwise. Addressing our greenhouse gas emissions now is a wise investment in our future – this problem will not go away on its own and we will end up paying for it one way or another. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
The Fairfax County CECAP is unique in that it is being developed by the community, for the community, with input from dozens of organizational, business, and civic leaders, as well as individual residents. The CECAP will outline greenhouse gas reduction goals for the community and will include recommended strategies and actions community members can take on a voluntary basis to help achieve the goals.
We encourage you to learn more about climate action in Fairfax County. Later this month, online surveys will be available, and the county will host public meetings to gather community input on climate change mitigation strategies and actions.
We have added a new page to the site about the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project (zMOD):