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For week three of National Building Safety Month the focus is Resiliency, Sustainability and Innovation. The Land Develo...
05/22/2020
Building Safety Month - Week 3: Resiliency, Sustainability and Innovation | Land Development Services

For week three of National Building Safety Month the focus is Resiliency, Sustainability and Innovation. The Land Development Services team shares what these three principles mean for building safety.

Find out here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/landdevelopment/building-safety-month-week-3-resiliency-sustainability-and-innovation

Fairfax County, Virginia - Land Development Services Building Officials Blog Building Resiliency

The county's zoning team would like your feedback on two proposed regulatory changes for dwellings. Check out the videos...
05/20/2020
Fairfax County Zoning

The county's zoning team would like your feedback on two proposed regulatory changes for dwellings. Check out the videos for an overview and then take the survey to submit your thoughts.

Don’t forget - we want to hear from you! Two informational videos and corresponding surveys were created to receive community feedback on proposed regulatory changes for accessory dwelling units and home-based businesses.

Learn about the proposed changes by watching the videos. Then, submit your feedback by completing each survey. Check out the videos and surveys here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod

The Planning Commission’s public hearing on Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2018-CW-2CP was held on May 14, 2020 and the co...
05/18/2020
Plan Amendment 2018-CW-2CP | Planning Development

The Planning Commission’s public hearing on Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2018-CW-2CP was held on May 14, 2020 and the commissioners recommended that the Board of Supervisors adopt the plan amendment. The verbatim and decision can be viewed at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planningcommission/verbatims-2020.

Plan Amendment 2018-CW-2CP proposes adding an objective and related policies to the Public Facilities element of the Policy Plan so that public facilities and sites would be designed, retrofitted, and maintained in an environmentally-sensitive manner with a focus on natural landscaping. Additionally, a definition for Natural Landscaping would be added to the Glossary of the Comprehensive Plan.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on this item on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 4:00 PM.

You can find more information on this Plan Amendment at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/natural-landscaping.

Fairfax County, Virginia - Plan Amendment 2018-CW-2CP (Natural Landscaping at County Facilities)

May is a popular time to work on home improvement projects and this year it's even more common with the stay-at-home ord...
05/14/2020
Five Ways to Celebrate National Building Safety Month in May - Fairfax County Government NewsCenter

May is a popular time to work on home improvement projects and this year it's even more common with the stay-at-home orders.

Check out the county's resources for following local, state and national guidelines in the latest post for National Building Safety Month.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/five-ways-to-celebrate-national-building-safety-month-in-may/

May is Building Safety Month, and there are five tips you can follow to keep you and home safe all year.

05/13/2020
Reston Comprehensive Plan Task Force Meeting: May 11

The newly formed Reston Community Task Force kicked off earlier this week. In conjunction with county staff, the Task Force will study elements of the Reston Comprehensive Plan and propose amendments.

You can watch the meeting on the Fairfax County YouTube channel and learn more about the Reston Study online: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/reston-area-study

This is the first meeting of the Reston Comprehensive Plan Study Task Force that was held on May 11, 2020. For information about this study, visit: https://w...

Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? If not, there is still time! Fairfax County staff uses Census data for planning and ...
05/08/2020

Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? If not, there is still time!

Fairfax County staff uses Census data for planning and land use recommendations. It's also estimated that Northern Virginia loses $1,200 in potential annual funding for every resident who does not respond to the census.

Be counted and take the questionnaire now: https://my2020census.gov/

May is Building Safety Month! To share helpful building and home safety tips, the Land Development Services department i...
05/06/2020
Building Safety Month - Week 1: Disaster Preparedness | Land Development Services

May is Building Safety Month! To share helpful building and home safety tips, the Land Development Services department is crafting weekly blog posts.

This week the focus is on disaster preparedness. Check out the post for helpful information and find out if you're well prepared: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/landdevelopment/building-safety-month-week-1-disaster-preparedness

Fairfax County, Virginia - Land Development Services Building Officials Blog Building Resiliency

Community Business Partnership
04/24/2020

Community Business Partnership

Are you a small Fairfax County business needing a loan of up to $20,000?
CBP has partnered with Fairfax County Government to create a microloan program for you!
To learn more, check out two upcoming webinars. To register, go to www.cbponline.org and see the webinars on the "Featured Classes" listing on our home page.
#smallbusiness #economicdevelopment #fairfaxcounty

Did you know that Hollin Hills is working to become a Historic Overlay District? Fairfax County's Heritage Resource Plan...
04/22/2020
Hollin Hills Working to Enhance its Historic Pedigree

Did you know that Hollin Hills is working to become a Historic Overlay District?

Fairfax County's Heritage Resource Planner Laura Arsenau shares an update on the process and what this means for current and future homeowners in Hollin Hills.

https://patch.com/virginia/greateralexandria/hollin-hills-working-enhance-its-historic-pedigree

One of your neighbors posted in Neighbor Posts. Click through to read what they have to say. (The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.)

Here's an interesting idea to tackle crowded trails in our area. Would you like to see streets in your neighborhood open...
04/17/2020
Could some streets in Tysons and other areas in Fairfax County be repurposed for recreational use?

Here's an interesting idea to tackle crowded trails in our area. Would you like to see streets in your neighborhood open to pedestrians?

The novel coronavirus has made crowded trails dangerous, parks forbidden, and taken most traffic off the roads. Could Fairfax County and VDOT open streets to pedestrians in Tysons and surrounding areas to provide a safer alternative for people who need physical activity?

Our zMOD friends released new informational videos and surveys for feedback on potential changes to regulations for home...
04/13/2020
Fairfax County Zoning

Our zMOD friends released new informational videos and surveys for feedback on potential changes to regulations for home-based businesses and accessory dwelling units. Check it out!

As the zMOD team continues to modernize the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance, we want to hear from you about proposed changes for two specific regulations – accessory dwelling units and home-based businesses.

Click below to watch the videos & learn more about the proposed changes. Then, take the surveys to submit your thoughts and feedback.

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod

03/27/2020

UPDATE: All SSPA task force meetings have been postponed through April 23rd due to the COVID-19 situation. All meetings will be rescheduled once County buildings re-open and social distancing restrictions are lifted.

There are plans for a new development in walking distance to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. Take a look and le...
03/25/2020
Apartments-retail development planned for Springfield, Va., in 2023

There are plans for a new development in walking distance to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.

Take a look and learn more! https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/03/18/apartments-retail-development-planned-springfield-va-2023/

TOWN SQUARE | Developers anticipate the area to become a high-growth area with the renovation of Springfield Town Center and a new TSA headquarters coming to the area, as well as its proximity to the new Amazon headquarters.

Tonight's Planning Commission public hearing for Plan Amendment 2019-II-M1 (9439 Leesburg Pike) has been tentatively res...
03/18/2020
Select Calendar - Public Calendar - Fairfax County, Virginia

Tonight's Planning Commission public hearing for Plan Amendment 2019-II-M1 (9439 Leesburg Pike) has been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

As concerns surrounding the Coronavirus continue to evolve, you can check the public meetings calendar for the latest information on Planning Commission meetings: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/Calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx.

If you are interested in getting updates through RSS, access the calendar's RSS feed using the icon after the calendar name. Be sure to also check out the list of all Fairfax County RSS feeds.

The Mount Vernon District SSPA Task Force Kick-Off meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Mount Vernon D...
03/16/2020
2019 South County SSPA Process - Track a Nomination | Planning Development

The Mount Vernon District SSPA Task Force Kick-Off meeting scheduled for March 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Mount Vernon District Government Center is cancelled due to concerns of COVID-19.

Agenda items will be moved to the next meeting, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Gerry Hyland Center, 2nd Floor, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA, 22309. Additional details will be posted on the website as we have more information: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

Fairfax County, Virginia - 2019 South County SSPA - Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process Track a Nomination

03/06/2020
Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process: Comprehensive Planning 101

Did you know?

The Site-Specific Plan Amendment (SSPA) process was created to give the public a way to propose changes to Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides land use decisions.

Watch this video to learn more about the process: https://youtu.be/IR0GS9NEgLc

This video explains comprehensive planning in Fairfax County. The county's site-specific amendment process is way to make land use changes to specific proper...

The kick-off SSPA Task Force meeting in the Mason District is this Thursday, March 5, 2020. Click below for Task Force m...
03/03/2020
2019 South County SSPA Process - Track a Nomination | Planning Development

The kick-off SSPA Task Force meeting in the Mason District is this Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Click below for Task Force meeting information and find details for each of the nominations in the Mason, Lee, and Mount Vernon Districts: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

Fairfax County, Virginia - 2019 South County SSPA - Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process Track a Nomination

The McLean CBC Task Force will meet on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the McLean Governmental Cent...
03/02/2020
McLean Community Business Center Study - Meetings | Planning Development

The McLean CBC Task Force will meet on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the McLean Governmental Center, Community Room, 1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA.

The task force will continue to discuss the first sections of the draft Comprehensive Plan Text. The sections included describe the main principles, vision, character of development, zones, implementation, and the parks concepts.

Additional information regarding task force meetings can be found on the McLean CBC Study meetings webpage.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/mclean-cbc-study/meetings

Fairfax County, Virginia - The McLean Community Business Center Study is a land use planning study that will review recommendations for future land uses, development intensities, transportation, public facilities and urban design standards within the CBC.

What matters to you? Schools? Transportation? Housing? Healthcare? Data from the U.S. Census Bureau helps inform plannin...
02/10/2020
Fairfax County Government

What matters to you? Schools? Transportation? Housing? Healthcare? Data from the U.S. Census Bureau helps inform planning efforts in Fairfax County for all these important community resources.
To learn how census data impacts you and your community, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census
#FFXCounts #BeCounted #2020Census

What matters to you? Schools? Transportation? Housing? Healthcare? Data from the U.S. Census Bureau helps inform planning efforts in Fairfax County for all these important community resources.

To learn how census data impacts you and your community, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census
#FFXCounts #BeCounted #2020Census

Following the public nomination period, twenty-two (22) nominations were accepted into the South County Site-Specific Pl...
02/04/2020
2019 South County SSPA Process - Track a Nomination | Planning Development

Following the public nomination period, twenty-two (22) nominations were accepted into the South County Site-Specific Plan Amendment (SSPA) process in the Mason, Mount Vernon, and Lee Supervisor Districts. The nominations are available to view on the “Track a Nomination” webpage.

SSPA is now entering the Screening Phase, during which the Supervisors representing these districts will appoint community task forces to review the nominations for inclusion on the Comprehensive Plan Work Program. The public is invited to attend the Task Force meetings, which are anticipated to take place in March and April 2020. The Task Force meeting dates will be posted to the South County SSPA webpage once they have been scheduled.

SSPA is the process that allows anyone to nominate site specific land use changes to the Comprehensive Plan, the guiding document for land use and development decisions in Fairfax County. Community involvement is key in the SSPA screening, including participating in the community task force review, submitting comments to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, or speaking at the Planning Commission public hearings to ensure that Fairfax County continues to be an attractive, safe, and sustainable area for generations to come.

For more information on the SSPA process or to view the nominations, visit the South County SSPA webpage or contact the Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Development at 703-324-1380, TTY 711.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

Fairfax County, Virginia - 2019 South County SSPA - Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process Track a Nomination

To find creative affordable housing solutions, Fairfax County and the George Mason University School of Business are hol...
01/29/2020
2020 Housing Challenge Seeks Innovative Policy Solutions to Increase Affordable Housing - Fairfax County Government NewsCenter

To find creative affordable housing solutions, Fairfax County and the George Mason University School of Business are holding a policy hackathon on Wednesday, March 11, called the 2020 Housing Challenge.

We’re seeking new ideas from residents, students, housing advocates, industry professionals and policy experts, and this event aims to come up with innovative policies to:
✅Enhance public awareness and support for affordable housing.
✅Engage employers and non-traditional partners to provide affordable housing.
✅Facilitate faith communities to participate in the affordable housing solution.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/2020-housing-challenge-seeks-innovative-policy-solutions-to-increase-affordable-housing/

Fairfax County is at a crossroads when it comes to affordable housing — particularly for low- or moderate-income households. The number of people spending more than 30% of their monthly income on housing is growing: more than 44% of renters and about 23% of homeowners. Rents are also rising at a f...

The McLean CBC Task Force will meet on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Governmental Center, Community R...
01/10/2020
McLean Community Business Center Study - Meetings | Planning Development

The McLean CBC Task Force will meet on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the McLean Governmental Center, Community Room, 1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA.

The task force will discuss residential use in the General Zone and site-specific submissions for land use change.

Additional information regarding task force meetings can be found on the McLean CBC Study meetings webpage.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/mclean-cbc-study/meetings

Fairfax County, Virginia - The McLean Community Business Center Study is a land use planning study that will review recommendations for future land uses, development intensities, transportation, public facilities and urban design standards within the CBC.

The future is now! State delegate Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon) has introduced a bill that could change if the state pass...
01/03/2020
Virginia is looking at changing single-family zoning. Home builders are one step ahead.

The future is now! State delegate Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon) has introduced a bill that could change if the state passes a new bill that would legalize duplexes, cottages, and accessory apartments across the Commonwealth, including anywhere that zoning only allows single-family homes.
"Delegate Samirah’s bill, or any bill that tries to legalize different kinds of houses, isn’t a radical departure from how people live. It actually looks a lot more like how people live, or how they’d like to live, than we may want to admit."
https://ggwash.org/view/75383/virginia-is-looking-at-changing-single-family-zoning-homebuilders-are-one-step-ahead

Like many places in the United States, in much of Virginia, if you have a piece of land it’s illegal to build anything but a single house on it. That could change if the state passes a new bill that would legalize duplexes, cottages, and accessory apartments across the Commonwealth, including anyw...

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