DPWES Letters to Industry

Land Development Services
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035-5503
703-324-1780, TTY 711

March 13, 2006

Zoning Application Revised Checklist/Sheet Index

Fairfax County has a Revised Checklist/Sheet Index (PDF) for the Submission of Zoning Applications (rezoning, special permit, special exception and development plan applications).

Letter to Industry 05-03, dated February 2, 2005, provided information pertaining to the checklist/sheet index form that is used to evaluate whether the required stormwater information has been incorporated in development plans and plats submitted in association with rezoning and special permit and special exception applications. That letter also provided guidance for meeting the outfall submission requirement for those cases.

Effective April 3, 2006, the Department of Planning and Zoning will begin using a revised checklist/sheet index (PDF) to evaluate applications for compliance with submission requirements relating to storm drainage information. Applicants are requested to incorporate (i.e. “sticky back”) the checklist entitled “Minimum Stormwater Information for Rezoning, Special Exception, Special Permit and Development Plan Applications” with the revision date of February 21, 2006, onto development plans and plats submitted with rezoning, special permit and special exception applications. Compliance with this request will facilitate both the timely acceptance of these applications and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services review of the stormwater information.

Revisions to the checklist/sheet index include clarification of Item #9 with respect to discussing known changes to drainage areas (i.e. drainage diversions) in the required description of the site’s compliance with the adequate outfall requirements of the Public Facilities Manual. It is understood that diversions may not be known or identified at the zoning application stage, since it is unlikely that the proposed development has been fully engineered. To the extent the need for diversions are known; however, they should be identified in the outfall description. As part of its review of the storm drainage aspects of the application, DPWES staff will provide general comments on the diversion to the extent that any issues are able to be identified. In general, a definitive recommendation on the diversion will not be provided due to the limited information available (e.g. lack of computations for a detailed outfall analysis). Applicants are strongly encouraged to give consideration to diversions to the extent possible during the zoning application process to avoid the need for amendments to the applications due to problems with diversions during site/subdivision plan processing.

We would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention an issue experienced frequently with regard to Item #8 on the Checklist. Pursuant to this Item and the associated submission requirements in the Zoning Ordinance, a description of the existing conditions must be provided for each watercourse into which drainage from the property is discharged. The extent of the description of downstream review for zoning cases is required to be downstream from the site to a point which is at least 100 times the site area or which has a drainage area of at least one square mile. Failure to provide this information with the initial submission of the zoning application may result in delays to acceptance and review of the application.

Please contact Land Development Services at 703-324-1780, TTY 711, with any questions or concerns.

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