The county expects substantial growth in the coming decade . . . comparable to the county's explosive growth of the 1970s. During those 10 years, the population of the Commonwealth of Virginia grew by 15 percent. Fairfax County's rate of growth was 32 percent. . . .
At present, when existing county development is compared with our existing land use master plan, the county is only 58 percent developed. In terms of future population, the county now estimates that we will move from 599,901 persons in 1980 to slightly more than 780,000 in 1990. . . . The president . . . has spoken of plans to reduce the rate of growth of the federal government, and I believe that all Americans -- including federal employees -- wish him success in that endeavor.
I do not believe, however, that such success would sharply affect Fairfax County's growth rate. The administration is committed to strengthening the U.S. defense establishment, which makes it unrealistic to expect any significant curtailment of the growth in mililtary and civilian defense personnel in Northern Virginia. Furthermore, the kinds of research and development and other "think tank" firms that abound in Fairfax County will continue to grow in a period of defense build-up, as will the retail and service sectors of the private economy that are a very signficant part of our local economy. In short, we do believe our growth rate will remain high and significantly exceed that of Virginia as a whole.