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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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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]

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

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

Interested in climate adaptation and resilience? Join the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination tonight at the...
06/15/2021

Interested in climate adaptation and resilience? Join the
Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination tonight at their public meeting! Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlcu6qqzkiG9R1aRbGHCmwJ6Pqfy-ZNje2

More information can also be found on their website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/public-engagement-resilient-fairfax

Interested in climate adaptation and resilience? Join the
Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination tonight at their public meeting! Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlcu6qqzkiG9R1aRbGHCmwJ6Pqfy-ZNje2

More information can also be found on their website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/environment-energy-coordination/public-engagement-resilient-fairfax

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.

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.

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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!
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