Fairfax County Zoning

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Política de comentarios en las redes sociales de Fairfax County: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/politica-de-comentarios-en-las-redes-sociales-de-fairfax-county

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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...

Fairfax County Climate & Energy
02/23/2021

Fairfax County Climate & Energy

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

We're looking for two members for the Board of Zoning Appeals. Additional details are included below:
02/08/2021
Fairfax County Land Use Planning

We're looking for two members for the Board of Zoning Appeals. Additional details are included below:

Fairfax County is looking for two new members for the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Members meet weekly and duties include making decisions on zoning cases, special permit applications and more. One position will be effective until April 15, 2023, and the other will be effective for a full five-year term. Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 1 2021. For more information visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicaffairs/fairfax-county-seeks-two-members-board-zoning-appeals-apply-march-1

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.

Interested in proposed changes to the Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) Policy Plan Amendment? Learn more at these virtual o...
12/07/2020
Fairfax County Land Use Planning

Interested in proposed changes to the Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) Policy Plan Amendment? Learn more at these virtual open houses!

Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes to the Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) Policy Plan Amendment! Join us for virtual open houses tonight at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. and participate in a Question and Answer session with staff. Details at:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/workforce-dwelling-unit-policy-plan-amendment

Yesterday, the Board authorized public hearings for the new zMOD Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Commission hearing is sc...
12/02/2020

Yesterday, the Board authorized public hearings for the new zMOD Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for January 28th, and the Board is scheduled for March 9th.

Check out our latest Public Hearing draft on our website:https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/sites/planning-development/files/assets/documents/zmod/proposed-ordinance-annotated.pdf

Fairfax County Land Use Planning
11/30/2020

Fairfax County Land Use Planning

Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes to the Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) Policy Plan Amendment! Join us for virtual open houses on Monday, November 30 at 7 p.m., Monday, December 7 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. and participate in a Question and Answer session with staff. Details at:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/events/2020/wdu-policy-plan-amendment-open-house-nov30

Join Supervisor Smith and the zMOD Team for a virtual Sully District Town Hall! The event will take place on December 9t...
11/20/2020
A Conversation About the Zoning Ordinance Modernization (zMOD) Project

Join Supervisor Smith and the zMOD Team for a virtual Sully District Town Hall! The event will take place on December 9th at 7 pm.

Please use this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-about-the-zoning-ordinance-modernization-zmod-project-registration-129894208073

Join Supervisor Kathy Smith and county staff for a presentation and Q&A session on the Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project (zMOD)

09/28/2020
Providence Supervisor Dalia Palchik

Providence will be hosting a community outreach meeting on the zMOD Consolidated Draft this Wednesday! Join us virtually using the link below.

Join the virtual community outreach meeting to learn, ask questions and provide feedback on the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Modernization (zMOD) Consolidated Draft. The proposed ordinance changes are intended to modernize the ordinance in order to better serve residents.

When: Wednesday, September 30th, 7:00p.m.
Where: https://zoom.us/j/94507194778?pwd=cXhWcWE4cXpBZTE3ZXR1cjcyN0YxQT09
Password: 164169

Or Telephone:
USA 602 333 0032
USA 8882709936 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 262409
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Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik will be hosting this virtual event with Planning and Development staff to review the zMOD Consolidated Draft and to answer your questions including but not limited to:

• What is an Accessory Living Unit (ALU)?
• Will it be easier for residents to establish a home based business in their home?
• What can I build in my back yard?

Submit your questions to [email protected]
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Additional zMOD Resources:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zmod
•https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/sites/planning-development/files/assets/documents/zmod/accessory-dwelling-units-faqs.pdf

We still want to hear from you about our zMOD project! Check out our website and different ways to stay involved.
09/15/2020

We still want to hear from you about our zMOD project! Check out our website and different ways to stay involved.

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

Fairfax County Land Use Planning
08/24/2020

Fairfax County Land Use Planning

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

08/05/2020
2019 South County SSPA Update for Mason District at Meeting #2

Interested in the Site-Specific Plan Amendment process? Watch this video to learn about about the SSPA update in Mason District:

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

We want to hear from you! Next week, we will have three different meetings on the zMOD Consolidated Draft. Find out more...
07/14/2020
Fairfax County Seeks Public Input on Proposed Modernized Zoning Ordinance | Public Affairs

We want to hear from you! Next week, we will have three different meetings on the zMOD Consolidated Draft. Find out more information in the press release below:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/publicaffairs/fairfax-county-seeks-public-input-proposed-modernized-zoning-ordinance

Fairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax County seeks public input on a proposed, new modernized Zoning Ordinance that will be considered for adoption in winter 2020.

07/06/2020
www.fairfaxcounty.gov

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

Thanks for all of your survey responses! Outreach continues on the zMOD project and we still want to hear from you – ple...
06/03/2020
zMOD - Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project | Planning Development

Thanks for all of your survey responses! Outreach continues on the zMOD project and we still want to hear from you – please comment here or email us any comments on accessory dwelling units, home-based businesses, or any other zMOD topic at [email protected]

Please note: although the names start with the same letters, accessory dwelling units are not the same as Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs), which are created under specific Ordinance provisions to provide affordable housing.

Fairfax County, Virginia - zMod - Modernization of Fairfax County's Zoning Ordinance

05/12/2020
Agritourism Presentation - Hunter Mill Land Use Committee

This video presents the materials originally planned for discussion at the Hunter Mill Land Use Committee meeting next week on May 19th. Our presentation on the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment regarding Agritourism has been postponed at this time. The presentation provides a voice over by staff describing the proposal.
Please contact staff with any questions or concerns using the contact information found on our dedicated Agritourism webpage here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/zoning-ordinance/agritourism?fbclid=IwAR0NnUHNGlZOuvuZobY0DdLwVSPRVB3oRp_P15BRRg4ZxxPv9fhmvBi9oKs

Don't forget to tune in tonight!
05/07/2020
Fairfax County Zoning

Don't forget to tune in tonight!

The zMOD draft proposal on Accessory Dwelling Units and Home-Based Businesses will be discussed with the Planning Commission's Land Use Policy Review Committee meeting next Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m. This is not a public hearing, but if you would like to listen into the discussion, tune into Channel 16 or livestream the meeting via the Channel 16 website:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer/channel-16/live-video-stream

Don’t forget - we want to hear from you! Two informational videos and corresponding surveys were created to receive comm...
05/06/2020
zMOD - Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project | Planning Development

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

Fairfax County, Virginia - zMod - Modernization of Fairfax County's Zoning Ordinance

The zMOD draft proposal on Accessory Dwelling Units and Home-Based Businesses will be discussed with the Planning Commis...
04/30/2020
Channel 16 Live Video Stream | Cable and Consumer Services

The zMOD draft proposal on Accessory Dwelling Units and Home-Based Businesses will be discussed with the Planning Commission's Land Use Policy Review Committee meeting next Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m. This is not a public hearing, but if you would like to listen into the discussion, tune into Channel 16 or livestream the meeting via the Channel 16 website:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer/channel-16/live-video-stream

Fairfax County, Virginia - Channel 16 Live Stream

Good news! The Department of Planning and Development is now accepting online payments for applications and permits that...
04/22/2020
DPD Online Payments | Planning Development

Good news! The Department of Planning and Development is now accepting online payments for applications and permits that cannot be paid online through the County’s FIDO platform.This new payment option, available through the County’s online payment system Velocity, provides an easy way to pay for applications and permits without having to mail or drop off paper checks at the Herrity Building Drop Box.

Learn more about what applications are eligible and how to pay fees online here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/online-payments

Fairfax County, Virginia - The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is now accepting online payments for applications and zoning permits that cannot be paid online through the County’s FIDO platform.

04/21/2020
Fairfax County Proposes New Home-Based Business Regulations

The zMOD team is looking at ways to consolidate the approval process for home-based businesses and create a more equitable system. Watch this video to learn about the proposed changes for home-based businesses.

Then provide submit your feedback by taking the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/homebasedbizfeedback

The county is looking at ways to consolidate the home-based business approval process and create a more equitable system. The proposed regulations will allow...

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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
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!!!