Attachment J


Proposed Changes from Mr. Boyd








Duties/Function:                       As listed in the attached Charge and Outline of Tasks.



Length of Term:                        Initial appointments will include four three four-year appointments, four three three-year appointments, and four three two-year appointments. Thereafter, appointments will be for four years. These initial staggered terms will be divided equally among the three categories identified under Membership/Qualifications below.



Frequency/Meeting Times:      Monthly



Membership/Qualifications:     The Board of Supervisors shall appoint ten to twelve nine members. Six will be selected by district and three at-large. All applicants’ need not must be County residents and those representing magisterial districts must live in those districts However, total committee membership should consist of some County residents.  The Committee should include a minimum of at least three members with expertise or background in one or more of the following fields, to support the Committee’s role as a technical advisory group:


•           natural history (including those with detailed knowledge of local wildlife, plants, and other resources);

•           terrestrial, aquatic, and landscape ecology;

•           biological conservation and conservation planning;

•           population genetics;

•           forestry;

•           geology and soils;

•           geographic information systems for conservation;  Don’t we have staff expertise?

•           science education (adult and youth).


The group should also include local landowners and citizens with interests in biodiversity conservation, farming and forestry, and conservation-oriented rural and urban development.  If possible, these general citizen representatives should be residents of the County.


Three members of the committee should be County landowners who are actively involved in farming, forestry, or some other form of agribusiness and three members should be individuals who are actively involved in conservative oriented rural and/or urban development.



Copy of App’t Letter to:            Scott Clark, Community Development Department









The Natural Heritage Committee is an advisory committee that maintains the County’s Biodiversity Assessment; advises the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and County staff on applying biodiversity information to land-use decision-making; and supports biodiversity education in the County.




A. Input on and oversight of the maintenance, expansion, updating, and evaluation of the ongoing Biodiversity Assessment begun by the Biodiversity Work Group, and development of a protocol for assessing changes in the state of biodiversity (with reference to planning goals).


B. Assistance in staff development of an action plan that specifies detailed steps for achieving protection of biodiversity as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.


C. Advise the staff in the development of policy recommendations to the Board in response to biodiversity issues and information gathered from the Biodiversity Assessment. The Committee should be consulted on programs, regulations, and Comprehensive Plan changes that may affect biodiversity protection.


D. Development of educational materials and programs on biodiversity.


E. Provision of periodic reports to the Board of Supervisors on the state of biodiversity in the County.


F. At the request of the staff, Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors, and without impacting the overall lifecycle of a project, review selected development proposals for biodiversity impacts, and provideing comment regarding the such impactsand potential mitigation measures,. and/or alternative approaches to the development.






1.         Officers


A.        ChairmanAt its annual meeting, the Committee shall elect a Chairman who, if present, shall preside at the meeting and at all other meetings during the year for which elected.


B.         Vice-ChairmanAt its annual meeting, the Committee shall elect a Vice-Chairman, who, if present, shall preside at meetings in the absence of the Chairman and shall discharge the duties of the Chairman during his absence or disability.


C.         SecretaryAt its annual meeting, the Committee shall elect a Secretary, who, if present, shall record the proceedings of the meeting.


D.        Term of OfficeThe Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected for one‑year terms; but either or both neither may be re‑elected for one or more additional two consecutive terms. 


E.         Absence of Chairman and Vice-ChairmanIf the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are absent from any meeting, a present member shall be chosen to act as Chairman.


2.         Meetings       


A.                 Annual Meeting.  The first meeting in January of each year shall be known as the annual meeting. At the annual meeting, the Committee shall establish the day, time, and place for regular meetings of the Committee for that year, and shall elect the chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary.


B.                 Regular Meetings.  The Committee shall meet in regular session at the time and place and on the day or days established for regular meetings.  The Committee may subsequently establish a different day, time, or place to conduct its regular meetings by passing a resolution to that effect.


If the Chairman, or the Vice-Chairman if the Chairman is unable to act, finds and declares that weather or other conditions are such that it is hazardous for Committee members to attend a regular meeting, the meeting shall be continued to the next regular meeting date.  This finding shall be communicated to the members of the Committee and to the press as promptly as possible.


Without further public notice, a regular meeting may be adjourned from day to day or from time to time or from place to place, not beyond the time fixed for the next regular meeting, until the business of the Committee is complete. 


C.                 Attendance.  Two unreported absences from regular meetings shall be considered grounds for dismissal from the Committee.



3.         Order of Business


A.        Establishment of Agenda.  The agenda for each regular meeting shall be established by staff in consultation with the Chairman.


B.         Organization of the Agenda.  The agenda of each regular meeting shall be organized in substantially the following order, subject to change at the request of the Chairman and with the consensus of the other members of the Committee:


(1)                Call to order

(2)                Announcements

(3)                Scheduled presentations

(4)                Discussion Items

(5)                Subcommittee Updates

(6)                Other business

(7)                Adjourn


C.         Deferrals.  The Committee may defer any matter at the request of a member of the Committee or County staff.  The request may be either oral or in writing, and may be made at any time prior to the vote on the matter.  The person making the request shall state the reasons therefor.  A motion to defer shall either specify the date to which the matter is deferred or defer the matter indefinitely. 


4.         Quorum


A simple majority of the appointed members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for any meeting of the Committee.  If, during a meeting, less than a majority of the members of the Committee remains present, no action requiring a vote can be taken except to adjourn the meeting.  If, prior to adjournment, a quorum is again established, the meeting shall continue with voting power reestablished.


5.         Voting Procedures


A.        Approval of Motion by Majority.  Except for a decision on a motion of the previous question, each decision of the Committee shall be made by approval of a majority of the members present and voting on a motion properly made by a member and properly seconded by another member.  Any motion that is not seconded shall not be further considered.


B.         Manner of Vote.  The vote on a motion pertaining may be either by roll call vote or voice vote, in the discretion of the Chairman; provided that a roll call vote on such a motion shall be required if requested by a member of the Committee.  For each roll call vote, staff shall record the name of each member voting and how the member voted on the motion.  For each voice vote, staff shall record the result of the vote.


C.         Tie Vote.  A tie vote shall defeat the motion voted upon. 


D.        Abstention.  If any member abstains from voting on any motion, he shall state his abstention.  The abstention shall be announced by the Chairman and recorded by staff.


E.         Motion to Amend.  A motion to amend a motion before the Committee shall be discussed and voted by the Committee before any vote is taken on the original motion unless the motion to amend is accepted by both the members making and seconding the original motion.  If the motion to amend is approved, the amended motion is then before the Committee for its consideration.  If the motion to amend is not approved, the original motion is again before the Committee for its consideration.


6.         Amendment of Rules of Procedure


These Rules of Procedure may be amended by a majority vote of the Committee at the next regular meeting following a regular meeting at which notice of the motion to amend is given.


7.         Suspension of Rules of Procedure


These Rules of Procedure may be suspended by the majority vote of the members of the Committee present and voting.  The motion to suspend a rule may be made by any member of the Committee.  Upon a proper second, the motion may be discussed and voted.  The effect of the motion to suspend a rule, if approved, is to make that rule inapplicable to the matter before the Committee; provided, however, approval of a motion to suspend the rule shall not permit the Committee to act in violation of a requirement mandated by the Code of Virginia, the Constitution of Virginia, or any other applicable law.


8.         Rules of Procedure not Covered by These Rules of Procedure


Any rules of procedure not covered by these Rules of Procedure shall be governed by the current Robert's  Rules of Order



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