DPWES Letters to Industry

Land Development Services
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
703-324-1780, TTY 711

May 2, 2003

Compliance with the State's Minimum Standards for Controlling Erosion and Sedimentation


The Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual (PFM), Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (Chapter 104 of the Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia [County Code]) and Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook (VESCH) set forth guidelines and requirements for implementation of the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law (VESCL) that governs all land development activities in the County. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) periodically reviews all local erosion and sediment control (ESC) programs to assess their effectiveness.

In a recent review of Fairfax County's ESC program, DCR acknowledged the exemplary nature of the County's ESC program and its many positive and innovative aspects; however, in their review of a sample of approved site construction plans, DCR identified deficiencies.

ESC Checklist:

The current ESC program has been evolved and established in collaboration with the land development industry, and strict adherence to its provisions will meet the requirements of the VESCL. Based on the requirements of the PFM, VESCH, County Code and the Minimum Standards, staff has developed a comprehensive checklist for ESC to assist designers and reviewers in ensuring that plans are in accordance with applicable requirements.


Effective June 2, 2003, submitting engineers and surveyors will be required to include a completed, certified checklist with every first submission subdivision, site, public improvement, infill and bonded grading, and rough grading plan submittal and the plan reviewers will verify that the items on the checklist are addressed. A single copy of the checklist as an attachment to the plans is all that is required. The checklist need not be incorporated in every plan set. A copy of this checklist will be made a part of project records.

It is expected that the completed checklist will result in more effective designs and faster approval of qualifying plans.

If you have any questions concerning the checklist or need additional information, please contact Qayyum Khan, Chief Stormwater Engineer, Environmental Facilities and Review Division at 703-324-1720, TTY 711.

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