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We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites. We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff resources (your tax dollars), we generally only monitor comments and postings during regular business hours. Social Media Comments Policy: ht

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Tonight's the night to enjoy the dark skies! ✨ Join us in turning off your outdoor lights from 9 to 10pm in honor of Int...
04/22/2022

Tonight's the night to enjoy the dark skies! ✨ Join us in turning off your outdoor lights from 9 to 10pm in honor of International Dark Sky Week.

🌟 Happening today (4/22) 🌟 On Earth Day today, you can celebrate Fairfax County Park Authority's first annual One Dark Hour event from anywhere! Simply turn off your outdoor lights between 9 and 10 p.m. tonight. While the lights are out, look up at the sky and see what you might have been missing. Tell your neighbors to magnify the effect and help control light pollution with responsible outdoor lighting.
🌟 You can also consider visiting Observatory Park at Turner Farm today (4/22), for their free viewing and observance of One Dark Hour.
🌟 Learn more about dark skies on our featured topics webpage: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/topics/dark-skies
#earthday #idadarksky #IDSW2022 #discoverthenight
#DarkSkyWeek #fairfaxparks #fairfaxcounty

Mark your calendars!
04/11/2022

Mark your calendars!

Celebrate International Dark Sky Awareness Week by participating in the first One Dark Hour on April 22. Dark skies are important to wildlife and plant resources that we all depend on for a healthy ecosystem. Here’s how to join from home or at Turner Farm. https://bit.ly/3tE6E3U

Share your thoughts on a vision for the Lorton area!
01/28/2022

Share your thoughts on a vision for the Lorton area!

LORTON UPDATE! 📣 A community survey for the Lorton Visioning Study’s is now open for the public to share their vision for the Lorton area. Please take a few minutes to be part of the study, share the survey with your neighbors and submit your feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L8QFDHB (available in Spanish here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCJ9C68).

Learn all about the study: fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/lorton-visioning.

Mark your calendar! The Resilient Fairfax team is hosting a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, February 1 at 6:30 PM. Jo...
01/26/2022
Resilient Fairfax Virtual Public Meeting | February 1, 2022 | Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

Mark your calendar! The Resilient Fairfax team is hosting a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, February 1 at 6:30 PM. Join this meeting to learn about possible climate resilience strategies for Fairfax County. Climate risks are a real concern and we need strong strategies to address them. More info:

Fairfax County, Virginia - Information about the February 1, 2022 Resilient Fairfax virtual public meeting.

The Parking Reimagined project's community engagement period kicks off *next week* with a series of virtual town halls. ...
11/03/2021

The Parking Reimagined project's community engagement period kicks off *next week* with a series of virtual town halls. Learn more and find out how you can participate: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/parking-reimagined-project-kicks-virtual-town-halls

We are embarking on a new initiative, called Parking Reimagined, to assess regulations for off-street parking and loading in neighborhoods and commercial areas of the county. While some changes to off-street parking and loading regulations have occurred over the years, overall rates and regulations have not been comprehensively reviewed since 1988. The Parking Reimagined project aims to create modernized parking and loading requirements for current and future land uses.

Learn more and view the schedule for the upcoming virtual town hall meetings: https://bit.ly/3GQrly6

You’re invited to a Resilient Fairfax virtual public meeting on October 14 at 6:30 PM. Resilient Fairfax is the county’s...
10/07/2021
Resilient Fairfax Virtual Public Meeting: Oct. 14, 2021 | Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

You’re invited to a Resilient Fairfax virtual public meeting on October 14 at 6:30 PM. Resilient Fairfax is the county’s formal effort to address climate adaptation and resilience and to reduce climate risks to county residents, businesses, and infrastructure. Come learn where and how we are vulnerable to threats like flooding, extreme heat, and more. Share your thoughts on how we can best address these risks in your neighborhood. More info: https://bit.ly/3AeL5XY

Fairfax County, Virginia - Information about the October 14, 2021 Resilient Fairfax virtual public meeting.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Zoning Ordinance Amendment that gives the Architectural Review Board addi...
09/16/2021
Fairfax County Officials Put Additional Protections Around River Farm

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Zoning Ordinance Amendment that gives the Architectural Review Board additional overview in the newly created Wellington Historic Overlay District.

https://alexandrialivingmagazine.com/news/fairfax-county-officials-put-additional-protections-around-river-farm/

The owner, the American Horticultural Society, is trying to sell its large property overlooking the Potomac for $32 million.

Happy Monday! Our new Zoning Ordinance was featured on the County Conversation Podcast. Tune in to hear about the modern...
08/30/2021
New Countywide Zoning Ordinance - County Conversation Podcast

Happy Monday! Our new Zoning Ordinance was featured on the County Conversation Podcast. Tune in to hear about the modernization effort:

https://soundcloud.com/fairfaxcounty/new-countywide-zoning-ordinance-county-conversation-podcast?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

The County Conversation is a podcast featuring employees and subject matter experts from the Fairfax County Government discussing programs, services and items of interest to residents of Fairfax Count

Calling all Makers! Do you make a tangible, reproducible product in Fairfax County? Whether your business involves texti...
07/26/2021

Calling all Makers! Do you make a tangible, reproducible product in Fairfax County? Whether your business involves textile, hardware, woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, food/beverage or other products – join the Made in Fairfax Network, supporting small, local maker businesses, with the goal of increasing the visibility of locally-made products, and connecting makers to each other and to other resources for education, collaboration, and assistance. There is no cost to belong to this network. Learn more about the program at https://www.fcrevite.org/made-fairfax

Questions? Email [email protected]

Interesting in learning more about the new Planning and Land Use System (PLUS)? Join us for upcoming training opportunit...
07/07/2021

Interesting in learning more about the new Planning and Land Use System (PLUS)? Join us for upcoming training opportunities!

Do you need help using the County’s new Planning and Land Use System (PLUS)? Several training opportunities are available this month and there are also training videos, and user guides available for you to learn how to create an account, submit applications, make payments, and more. Check it out and sign up for a training session: fairfaxcounty.gov/plan2build/plus.

Fairfax County’s new modernized Zoning Ordinance is effective July 1. The Board of Supervisors approved the updates to t...
06/16/2021

Fairfax County’s new modernized Zoning Ordinance is effective July 1. The Board of Supervisors approved the updates to the 42 year old Zoning Ordinance in March. Some notable changes include new regulations on accessory living units, home-based businesses and accessory structures. A new website launching this summer will help everyone access zoning regulations in a simple format. Learn more here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod

T-minus 30 days until our new Zoning Ordinance becomes effective! New regulations on accessory living units, home-based ...
06/01/2021

T-minus 30 days until our new Zoning Ordinance becomes effective! New regulations on accessory living units, home-based businesses, accessory structures, and more go into effect on July 1st.

Learn more on our zMOD website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a new Historic Overlay District, the Wellington at River Farm HOD. This over...
04/14/2021
Fairfax County tightens regulations to preserve history of George Washington’s River Farm

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a new Historic Overlay District, the Wellington at River Farm HOD. This overlay district adds new regulations emphasizing the protection of existing historic features.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/04/13/george-washington-river-farm-preserved/

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has adopted new regulations to protect the historic nature of a property that was once part of Mount Vernon. Historians say the site is rich in importance that goes beyond the first president, including archaeological traces of indigenous people, little explor...

Last night, the Board of Supervisors adopted the new and modernized Zoning Ordinance (known as the zMOD project). Learn ...
03/24/2021
Modernized Zoning Ordinance (zMOD) Approved; In Effect July 1, 2021 | News Center

Last night, the Board of Supervisors adopted the new and modernized Zoning Ordinance (known as the zMOD project). Learn more about the project here, and stay tuned for additional educational materials to be posted soon!

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/modernized-zoning-ordinance-zmod-approved-effect-july-1-2021#sthash.jd5YNlrU.dpbs

On Tuesday, March 23, the Board of Supervisors approved the modernization project which goes into effect on July 1, 2021.

We want to know what you think about the proposed countywide strategic plan. Help shape the future of Fairfax County by ...
03/08/2021
Shaping the Future: 5 Things to Know About the Proposed Countywide Strategic Plan | News Center

We want to know what you think about the proposed countywide strategic plan. Help shape the future of Fairfax County by taking a short survey. Learn more here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/shaping-future-5-things-know-about-proposed-countywide-strategic-plan

Following a year of pause and then refinement due to COVID-19, County Executive Bryan Hill unveiled his proposed strategic plan to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 23. The strategic plan lays out a community-based vision for the next 10 to 20 years and features nine priority areas to advance that vi...

02/23/2021

Not one, not two, but three brief surveys are now online to capture your feedback on climate planning in Fairfax County. Can you spare five minutes to share your opinion? It will help build a climate plan that works for you for years to come. Surveys are open until March 14: https://bit.ly/3dwa0ON

For all Hollin Hills residents who may be interested in the potential Hollin Hills Historic Overlay District, please see...
01/12/2021

For all Hollin Hills residents who may be interested in the potential Hollin Hills Historic Overlay District, please see the upcoming January 25th meeting details included in this post:

Calling all in the Hollin Hills area! You are invited to a community meeting, next Monday, January 25th at 6:30pm to learn about the potential Hollin Hills Historic Overlay District.

County staff will share findings from the Hollin Hills HOD Community Work Group, including the potential boundary of the HOD (shown in the photo), preliminary determination for contributing and non-contributing properties of the HOD, draft HOD design guidelines and more.

More information and instructions to join the meeting are available here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/plan-amendments/hollin-hills-hod.

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Can fairfax county zoning help with residents who have parking removed by HOAs and the result is that parking does not meet Fairfax County standards. A townhouse cluster should have 2.3 parking spaces per unit. My HOA has reduced my cluster to .76 parking spaces per unit and they will not allow me to park in clusters across the street via aggressive towning. Why have parking standards to build if a HOA can remove them with no oversight?
So… is anybody as frustrated as I am with how things are going with the building permitting process in Fairfax County? It’s almost a year since they closed their offices to the public and they have been asking for patience while they implemented the online process since then… but the timeframe for processing a permit is sometimes truly appalling!!! A walk-thru permit that use to take a day can now take 2-3 weeks!! I have a permit for a deck stuck in zoning, and they are telling me that they are more than 2 weeks behind in their reviews!! Frankly, I think they have had more than enough time to streamline the process and adapt in order to provide appropriate service during the current pandemic. Overall, I think they are doing a below-average job… but who do we complain about this? Who oversees their service to the public? #fairfaxcounty
Today was exercise day! Our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was full of county departments and agencies, state agencies, non-profits, and private sector partners to test and validate our recently updated Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP). The four hour discussion based exercise involved a tornado scenario requiring extensive recovery operations in the county. In addition to validating the plan, many areas of improvement were identified that will help us finetune the plan. Next step ➡️ functional exercise this spring! We plan together, we train together! Thanks to all who participated! 👏🏼 Fairfax County Government, Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Environment, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Fairfax County Health Department, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Volunteer Fairfax, American Red Cross, National Capital Region, Official Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce,Fairfax County Park Authority, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Fairfax County Transportation, Fairfax County Zoning, and Fairfax County Housing
Will you be holding zMOD community meetings in each of the 9 magisterial districts in Fairfax? With a county of 1.2 million people and 400 square miles, it would be good to hold more sessions to make sure you're reaching all interested parties. I'm in Hunter Mill District, where much of the new development is ongoing, and my community would like to hear from you. Thanks!
Fairfax County Zoning totally rules!!!