New Planning Commissioner Appointed to Hunter Mill District Seat

by Fatimah Waseem December 6, 2017 at 10:15 am 6 Comments

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins appointed a new member to the Fairfax County Planning Commission to represent the district.

John Carter will replace Hunter Mill District Planning Commissioner Frank de la Fe, whose term expired this year.

The Board of Supervisors appointed de la Fe in December 2001 and reappointed him two years later. He was named vice chairman in January 2013.

According to the Fairfax County Planning Commission’s website:

Commissioner de la Fe worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the 1960s. From 1969 to 1971, he helped create the Illinois State Bureau of the Budget. He then returned to Federal service to establish the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention. In 1974, he moved to the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. He completed his federal career in 1994 when he retired from the Office of Personnel Management.A long-time community activist, since moving to Reston in 1971, Commissioner de la Fe has served in a variety of leadership positions, including serving on the boards of the Reston Association and Reston Interfaith.

Hudgins said Carter was a good fit for the program. He holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of
Virginia; a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from Arizona State University. Carter was also the former Chief of Community-Based Planning in Montgomery County.

“Mr. Carter has lived in the Hunter Mill District for over 44 years and has extensive community involvement. I believe Mr. Carter is an excellent choice for this position,” Hudgins said.

  • cRAzy

    Mr. Carter also served as a community representative on the Reston Master Plan Task Force and, based on Robert Simon’s original vision, wrote the expanded Reston vision and planning principles that lead off the current Reston plan.

    In contrast to his predecessor, he will fully consider community interests–not just those of developers–in addressing proposals before the Planning Commission.

    • 40yearsinreston

      Lets hope he hasn’t been captured by the developers

  • Chuck Morningwood

    But can he say “No.”?

  • Mike M

    These people should have to wear the logos of their “sponsors” on their suits when they show up at meetings. You know, as in NASCAR, or European soccer.

    They are all connected to, if not rooted within the development industry.

    • Tom Wyland

      That would work for our representatives in Congress, too.

  • dudewe

    If Carter served as a community representative on RMPTF he did not represent the Reston community well. A primary cause of all the almost unbridled development and massive traffic congestion occurring in Reston is because of the recommendations of this developer heavy task force.


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