Phase 2 - Site and Subdivision Plans Review


image showing the four phases of the land development process in Fairfax County

In this phase, construction plans are submitted to and reviewed by county engineers and other personnel for compliance with county ordinances and policies that govern land use, site development and environmental considerations. Through site plan review, the county strives to ensure that the environment and the health and safety of residents are adequately protected during the development process.

Virtually all proposed development in the county must proceed through the site plan review phase. Whenever any public improvements are to be constructed, such as storm or sanitary sewers, water mains, streets, curbs and gutters, or any land-disturbing activity is proposed, the work must be covered by an approved site plan, subdivision plan, public improvement plan or grading plan. Depending on the particular circumstances of the proposed development, such as whether a subdivision is proposed, other plan submissions may be required, such as preliminary or final subdivision plats.

The county reviews site plans for conformance to the county land development regulations. The major items evaluated during the site plan review process are:

  • Erosion and sedimentation controls;
  • Drainage and water quality provisions;
  • Curbs, gutters, streets, sanitary and storm sewers, water mains, water availability and fire protection access;
  • Integration with existing and future development;
  • Adequate tree cover and landscaping;
  • Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance and the Public Facilities Manual compliance; and
  • Compliance with special conditions, proffers, etc., required through Phase 1, Zoning.

The major steps in the site and subdivision plans review phase are:

  1. Plan submission: In general, a project proceeds through the subdivision and/or site plan process with specific plan submissions depending on the nature and location of the project.
  2. Bonds and Agreements: If a development project includes any public improvements, the developer must enter into an agreement with the county to construct the improvements specified in the plans and must post a bond to cover the cost of completing the improvements.
  3. Permits: After the necessary bonds and agreements are finalized, construction and utility permits must be obtained before site work can begin.

View a chart of the Site and Subdivision Plans Review process.

Proceed to the Phase 3 - Building Permits and Inspections.


Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Technical Questions: Web Administrator

ADA Accessibility | Website Accessibility
Awards | FOIA | Mobile | Using this Site | Web Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Get Adobe Reader
Official site of the County of Fairfax, Virginia, © Copyright 2013

Website Feedback Website Feedback    Globe with various flags representing Web site language translations   Language Translations

Return to Graphic Version