From his work as an environmental professional in Arlington to his time on the Fairfax County Planning Commission, Walter Alcorn has followed his values — integrity, commitment and fairness.
Since moving into the area during the 1980s, Walter has experienced first-hand the transformation of Northern Virginia. He has seen development outpacing infrastructure and the need for more citizen involvement in solving local problems, and that motivated him two decades ago to become involved in the community.
For 16 years, he served on the Fairfax County Planning Commission where he led several groundbreaking achievements, including:
- Chesapeake Bay. Developed the first Fairfax County policy on reducing impervious surfaces for new development to help protect our streams and the Chesapeake Bay
- Infrastructure. Established the first comprehensive requirement for all new residential development to offset their impact on public facilities – especially our public schools
- Affordable Housing. Created the first requirement that new high-rise development include affordable housing
- Growth Management. Brought in the Town of Vienna and interested citizens as equal partners in the replanning of Tysons Corner through an open, transparent planning process – and achieved consensus on a viable path forward
Walter is committed to making Hunter Mill District a place where all are welcome, and all have the opportunity to live, work, play, and thrive. He is an enthusiastic supporter of One Fairfax championed by outgoing Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.
Most recently, Walter led the effort to make the Fairfax County land use process more accessible to citizens, served on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and Affordable Housing Opportunities Mean Everyone (AHOME) board, and was president of the Herndon High School PTSA.
Walter’s work in the community puts people first and provides a voice to residents who need one, as demonstrated by numerous awards and recognitions.
Walter began his career as an aide to Providence District Supervisor Kate Hanley where he learned the county budgeting process and saw first-hand the catastrophic damage an underground oil leak had on hundreds of families in Mantua and Stockbridge.
It was this experience that launched Walter’s environmental career. And for the past 20 years he has advocated for responsible sourcing, supply chain sustainability and electronics recycling at the Consumer Technology Association and National Center for Electronics Recycling.
Walter is a graduate of the University of Virginia and lives in Reston with his wife, Kristina, and two children — Ryan and Delia. Apart from serving his community, Walter has lived out his passion for baseball by coaching little league through Reston Youth Baseball.
In the community
Service and Recognition
- Fairfax County Planning Commission, 1997 – 2013. Chaired re-planning of Tysons Corner with a consensus result, including an unprecedented transportation financing plan. Effected improvements to land use information accessibility, initiated policy to reduce impervious surfaces, and coordinated countless other land use policies/proposals with citizens, developers, elected officials and county staff.
- Board of Directors, Fairfax County Park Authority, 9/15 – 12/17. FCPA owns 9% of the land in Fairfax County, employs more than 400 employees and has an $87 million annual budget.
- Chair, Fairfax County Community Council on Land Use Engagement, 1/17 – 7/17.
- Chair, Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Land Use Issues Group, 1/16 -5/17.
- President, Herndon High School PTSA, 5/15 – 7/17.
- Board Of Directors, Affordable Housing Opportunities Mean Everyone (AHOME), 2013-2016.
- Hunter Mill Democratic Committee Martha Pennino Community Service Award, 2017
- Katherine K. Hanley Award for Public Service, Leadership Fairfax, 2013
- Fairfax County Citizen of the Year, Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations, 2011.