Fairfax County Land Use Planning

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A new Comprehensive Plan amendment was initiated by the Board of Supervisors on September 15, 2020. Visit the web page f...
09/29/2020
Plan Amendment 2020-II-M1 | Planning Development

A new Comprehensive Plan amendment was initiated by the Board of Supervisors on September 15, 2020. Visit the web page for further information:

· 7700 Leesburg Pike, which will consider an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to allow for redevelopment with single-family attached dwellings at a density of 12-16 dwelling units per acre on a site that is currently planned for Office uses and developed with offices and a nursing college. The Board’s authorization also directed staff to review this this Plan Amendment concurrently with the review of an application to rezone the property, once such an application has been submitted:



https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/7700-leesburg-pike

Fairfax County, Virginia - Plan Amendment 2020-II-M1 - 7700 Leesburg Pike

Did you hear? A *NEW* program has been established to provide economic incentives to the private sector for the revitali...
09/22/2020
Fairfax County Establishes New Program to Encourage Economic Growth | Public Affairs

Did you hear? A *NEW* program has been established to provide economic incentives to the private sector for the revitalization and redevelopment of properties in select commercial areas in Fairfax County.

Learn all about the Economic Incentive Program in this announcement: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicaffairs/fairfax-county-establishes-new-program-encourage-economic-growth

Fairfax County, Virginia - Promoting economic growth in Fairfax County.

The Planning Commission’s public hearing on Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2019-III-FC1, regarding Fair Oaks Mall, was hel...
09/18/2020

The Planning Commission’s public hearing on Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2019-III-FC1, regarding Fair Oaks Mall, was held on September 16, 2020. 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. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on this item on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 4:00 PM.

The consideration of this Comprehensive Plan amendment for the Fair Oaks Mall property, was authorized on February 5, 2019 by the Board of Supervisors. The adopted Plan recommends mixed-use development up to an intensity of 0.65 floor area ratio (FAR) at the overlay development level, with additional Plan options up to 0.80 FAR or 1.0 FAR, subject to the availability of mass transit and other conditions. The amendment proposes a single overlay level recommendation for residential mixed-use development up to 1.0 FAR with no condition linking mass transit to the highest intensities, but with minor adjustments to the mix of uses and other conditions.

Learn more about this Plan amendment at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/fair-oaks-mall.

Do you live or work in the Reston area? If so, we invite you to stay informed about the Reston Area study currently unde...
09/15/2020
Reston Comprehensive Plan Study | Planning Development

Do you live or work in the Reston area? If so, we invite you to stay informed about the Reston Area study currently underway to review key elements of the Comprehensive Plan for Reston. There are a few ways you can get involved:

#1: Learn more about the study and get details on upcoming meetings: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/reston-area-study.

#2: Watch previous task force meetings: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWbX8rCIEBPIkdF-7QGKmdw.

#3: Sign up for email updates by visiting the county's email subscription page and selecting Reston Study & Plan Amendment News: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mailinglist/

Fairfax County, Virginia - Plan Amendment 2020-III-UP1 - Reston Area Study and Plan Amendment

1 out of 5 households in Fairfax County have not filled out the 2020 Census. What are you waiting for? Complete your cen...
09/09/2020

1 out of 5 households in Fairfax County have not filled out the 2020 Census. What are you waiting for? Complete your census RIGHT NOW! #BeCounted and bring resources back to our community! #FFXCounts
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census

When you picture Fairfax County in 50 years, what do you see? We see a clean, healthy, safe and prosperous community. To...
09/03/2020

When you picture Fairfax County in 50 years, what do you see?

We see a clean, healthy, safe and prosperous community. Together, let's ensure this vision becomes reality.
Development of the county's first Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan is underway and we want to hear your opinions and suggestions via a brief online survey, found here: https://bit.ly/3fW2cn8

09/01/2020
2019 South County SSPA Update for Mason District’s Meeting #4

Reminder! TONIGHT at 6:30pm the SSPA Mount Vernon Task Force will discuss three proposed land use changes and TOMORROW at 7pm our Mason Task Force will discuss two proposed land use changes.

Watch this video for an overview of the two proposed changes in the Mason District and tune in to the meetings to join the discussion and learn more.

For meeting details and an overview of each land use proposal (nomination) visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

Fairfax County staff provide an overview of two proposed land use nominations for the Mason District. These nominations were submitted through the 2019 South...

It's time to participate in the county's climate planning process! As Fairfax County develops a Community-wide Energy an...
08/28/2020

It's time to participate in the county's climate planning process!

As Fairfax County develops a Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a clean, healthy, prosperous future for Fairfax residents, we want to hear from you.

TAKE THE SURVEY to share how you think we can best achieve this goal:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/public-engagement-cecap

When you think about climate change, do you think about Fairfax County? It may seem like a distant problem, but we’re al...
08/24/2020

When you think about climate change, do you think about Fairfax County? It may seem like a distant problem, but we’re already feeling the impacts. The good news is, Fairfax County is developing its first-ever Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) and your input is needed!

Join one of three virtual public meetings and take a brief online survey to share your thoughts on potential climate change solutions. https://bit.ly/3fW2cn8

The county has made another environmental stride toward promoting native and sustainable plantings! A new Comprehensive ...
08/21/2020
Adopted Amendment No. 2017 P-09; Policy Plan Amendment 2018-CW-2CP | Planning Development

The county has made another environmental stride toward promoting native and sustainable plantings!

A new Comprehensive Plan policy, adopted on June 9, 2020, encourages county facilities to be designed, retrofitted and maintained in an environmentally-sensitive manner with a focus on natural landscaping. These sites will demonstrate how to minimize resource consumption, reduce stormwater runoff, increase habitat values, and increase soil and plant health.

For more information, visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/natural-landscaping.

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

There are FIVE days left to submit a superior work of architecture or site design for the County’s Exceptional Design Aw...
08/17/2020
Fairfax County Calls for Entries for Exceptional Design Awards Program | Public Affairs

There are FIVE days left to submit a superior work of architecture or site design for the County’s Exceptional Design Awards program! Learn all about the criteria for entries, the submission categories and how to submit your entry:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicaffairs/fairfax-county-calls-entries-exceptional-design-awards-program

Fairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax Count seeks submissions for its 2020 Exceptional Design Awards that honor superior residential or commercial architecture, landscaping or site design.

08/10/2020
2019 South County SSPA Nomination Overview: 6235 Brandon Avenue

The Lee District Task Force for our SSPA process is meeting tonight at 7pm to discuss three land use proposals for the area. Watch this video to learn about one of the proposals, located on Brandon Avenue, in Springfield: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4N-GsY1aug

Get task force meeting details and learn how you can participate in the SSPA process here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

This is an overview of the proposed land use nomination (PC19-LE-008) for 6235 Brandon Avenue, located within the Springfield Community Business Center in th...

08/04/2020
2019 South County SSPA Update for Mason District at Meeting #2

Do you know about the proposed land use changes in the Mason District for the current SSPA process? In preparation for tomorrow night's virtual meeting, Fairfax County's planning and development staff created an informational overview.

Watch now to learn more about the SSPA process for assessing proposed land use changes and hear the staff recommendations for two proposed changes near the Seven Corners part of Fairfax County: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yrUyHdzURw

The Mason District Task Force Meeting will begin at 7pm tomorrow night. Meeting details are available here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

This is an update on county staff’s preliminary considerations and recommendations regarding proposed land use nominations for the Mason District. Nomination...

07/28/2020
2019 South County SSPA Nomination Overview: Belle View Shopping Center

TONIGHT: The Mt. Vernon SSPA Task Force will meet virtually at 6pm to review two land use proposals the county received. One of them is for the Belle View Shopping Center. Watch this video for an overview of the proposal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiHSGatpwLs&feature=youtu.be

For information on how to join the meeting tonight and be apart of the SSPA process, visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

This is an overview of the proposed land use nomination (PC19-MV-007) is for Belle View Shopping Center. This nomination was submitted through the 2019 South...

The Lee District's SSPA Task Force meets virtually tonight at 7pm to discuss the SSPA process and review two land use no...
07/20/2020
2019 South County SSPA Nomination Overview: 5605 Oakwood Road

The Lee District's SSPA Task Force meets virtually tonight at 7pm to discuss the SSPA process and review two land use nominations. Watch this overview for one of the nominations.

For more information about the SSPA nominations being reviewed and meeting details, visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south/track-nomination

This is an overview of proposed land use nomination (PC19-LE-006) that is located at 5605 Oakwood Road in the Lee District. This nomination was submitted as ...

07/07/2020
Fairfax County Zoning

Did you hear? The county's proposed new Zoning Ordinance Draft is now available for public review. See more details from the Zoning team below.

The zMOD Consolidated Draft has arrived! The link below contains the proposed new Zoning Ordinance and includes a cover memo providing project background, an overview of the new structure and each of the new articles, and a summary of the proposed substantive changes from today’s Zoning Ordinance.

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/sites/planning-development/files/assets/documents/zmod/zmod-consolidated-draft.pdf

Time to mark your calendars! 📅 The dates have been set for our virtual SSPA (Site-Specific Plan Amendment) task force me...
07/06/2020

Time to mark your calendars! 📅 The dates have been set for our virtual SSPA (Site-Specific Plan Amendment) task force meetings in the Lee, Mason and Mt. Vernon Districts.

The SSPA process includes multiple ways to participate in the land use decision making process. Learn how you can get involved, find the upcoming meeting dates, and see what nominations are in your area: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south

Good news! 😄 Details are being finalized to begin virtual SSPA (Site-Specific Plan Amendment) task force meetings in the...
06/29/2020
2019 - 2020 South County SSPA Process | Planning Development

Good news! 😄 Details are being finalized to begin virtual SSPA (Site-Specific Plan Amendment) task force meetings in the Lee, Mason and Mt. Vernon Districts in the coming weeks. Meeting dates, agendas and more information will be announced next week.

In the meantime, you can learn more about this land use planning process and find out what SSPA nominations are in your neighborhood: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/sspa/south

The task force for the McLean Community Business Center is meeting virtually tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the drafted...
06/29/2020
McLean Community Business Center Study - Meetings | Planning Development

The task force for the McLean Community Business Center is meeting virtually tonight at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the drafted Comprehensive Plan text.

Everyone is welcome to join and the meeting will be recorded and share later if you can't make it. Check out the meeting information here: 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.

Phase 2 begins in a matter of minutes, and there are lots of local restaurants in Fairfax County making the most of thei...
06/12/2020

Phase 2 begins in a matter of minutes, and there are lots of local restaurants in Fairfax County making the most of their outdoor space to provide safe dining options.

Will you be eating outside this weekend? Share your favorite restaurants to do just that in the comments.

06/04/2020
Reston Today - Development & Reston's Future

Have you heard about the Comprehensive Plan Study for the Reston area? This video from the Reston Association shares a nice overview!

More details about the community task force and their upcoming meeting on Monday, June 8th can be found here:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/reston-area-study

Reston Today - Development & Reston's Future The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation in January 2020 by Hunter Mill District Superv...

Reminder! 🚩 Share your thoughts on proposed changes for accessory dwelling units and home-based business regulations by ...
05/29/2020
Fairfax County Zoning

Reminder! 🚩 Share your thoughts on proposed changes for accessory dwelling units and home-based business regulations by midnight on Sunday, May 31st.

Have you submitted your thoughts about the proposed regulatory changes for accessory dwelling units and home-based businesses in Fairfax County?

There are just a few days left to take the surveys and share your input! https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod

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)

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