DPWES Letters to Industry


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

February 2, 2007
07-05

New Cover Sheet for Major Plans reflecting Updated Requirements for Stormwater Management (SWM)/ Best Management Practices (BMP) Facilities and Refuse and Recycling Collection


NEW COVER SHEET FOR MAJOR PLANS

All first submission Site Plans (SP), Subdivision Plans (SD) and Public Improvement Plans (PI) submitted on or after February 26, 2007, will require the new cover sheet (dated January 10, 2007). The new cover sheet reflects changes that are necessary to:

  • Facilitate tracking of stormwater management data for reports required by the county’s municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) permit. The block on the cover sheet pertaining to the stormwater statement has been revised to include the information outlined in Attachment A*. This information is further described below. The information regarding the number of stormwater detention facilities, the number of BMP facilities, and the number of private SWM facilities is no longer required on the plan.
  • Ensure notification of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) of projects requiring permits from the ACOE. If the development requires a wetlands/water permit, it must be indicated as required under the plan approval information item 24 and noted under the comments when it was sent to the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Identify plans proposing dams that require construction permits and operating and maintenance plans pursuant to the “Virginia Impounding Structures Regulations (Dam Safety).” If the development includes a dam that will be regulated by the state, indicate that it is required under the plan approval information item 25. The construction plan will not be approved until the permit is received (See Letter to Industry 07-01).
  • Facilitate review for compliance with revisions to FEMA maps. If the development entails a Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR), it shall be indicated as required under plan approval information and the date that the CLOMR is received shall be noted in the comment column.
  • Facilitate review for compliance with Chapter 109.1 of the Fairfax County Code regarding refuse and recycling collection.
  • Comply with proposed amendments to the PFM regarding vegetated roof notes. The vegetated roof notes will not be required unless and until the proposed amendment regarding vegetated roofs has been adopted by the Board of Supervisors. However, since the cover sheet was being revised, it seemed an opportune time to include this change to the cover sheet. If and when the vegetated roof amendment is adopted by the Board of Supervisors, and if a vegetated roof is included in the plan, it shall be noted as required under the plan approval information item 27 and the appropriate notes, which will be indicated in the adopted amendment, shall be added to the cover sheet.
  • Facilitate review for compliance with overlay district requirements in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance. Under plan approval information item 28, it shall be noted whether or not overlay district information is required and note under the comments column what type of overlay district is pertinent. The types of overlay district are commercial revitalization, historic, natural resource, airport noise impact, sign control, highway corridor, and water supply protection.

Information regarding rezoning, special permits and variances has been consolidated into items 19 through 23. In items 19 and 20, the comment field shall be used to indicate the zoning application number(s) and thereby identify whether the plan is associated with a rezoning, special exception and/or special permit. The appropriate clerk letter or resolution shall be indicated as required under item 20, and noted as to what sheet contains the letter or information in the comment block of item 20.

Copies of a mylar cover sheet or compact disc are available at the Cashier’s Office at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 236, Fairfax, Virginia 22035. Alternatively, the cover sheet may be downloaded free of charge from the Engineers Surveyors Institute’s (ESI) knowledge center at http://www.esinova.org/.

NEW REQUIREMENTS REGARDING STORMWATER MANAGEMENT (SWM) FACILITIES AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE (BMP) FACILITIES

As of January 1, 2007, the state requires that the county keep a record of certain information regarding SWM and BMP facilities that come on-line as part of the county’s municipal separate storm sewer (MS4) permit. On-line means facilities that are released from bond starting January 1, 2007. Although this information will be captured on new major plans that include the new cover sheet, this information must also be obtained for major plans and infill grading plans that are in the land development process and include a SWM and/or BMP facility. A template and description for the information is provided in Attachment A*.

The information shall be obtained as follows:

All Major Plans and Infill Grading Plans submitted prior to February 26, 2007 – A copy of Attachment A* must be included with the plan submission to Plan and Document Control.

Infill Grading Plans and Major Plans submitted on February 26, 2007 or later – The infill grading plans shall incorporate the information in Attachment A* onto the plans. Major Plans shall include the new cover sheet. The new cover sheet, which was described earlier in this letter, includes a block with the same information that is in Attachment A*. This information must be completed on the coversheet.

Major Plans and Infill Grading Plans that have been submitted, but have not been approved as of the date of this letter - In order for the plan to be approved, Attachment A* must be submitted to Plan and Document Control. A pre-approval condition will be placed on these plans regarding the MS4 information.

Major Plans that have been approved, but the associated bond has not been released as of the date of this letter - In order to be released from bond, Attachment A* must be submitted to Plan and Document Control. A post-approval condition will be added to the plan record. Attachment B* is a list of these plans sorted by design engineer.

Infill Grading Plans that have been approved, but the associated conservation escrow has not been released as of the date of this letter. In order to release the conservation escrow, Attachment A* must be submitted to Plan and Document Control.

New Requirements regarding Refuse and Recycling Collection

Fairfax County Code, Chapter 109.1, approved in July 2006, requires recycling of mixed paper and cardboard in all non-residential properties. Chapter 109.1 also requires recycling of cans and bottles in addition to mixed paper and cardboard in all multi-family properties built on or after July 1, 2007. New construction of either type of property must include locations for recycling these materials. Both site and architectural plans will be reviewed to ensure that recycling facilities are included in the design.

In order to ensure the requirements of Chapter 109.1 of the Fairfax County Code are met, the designer shall provide information on the coversheet of the plan under the block titled, Refuse and Recycling Collection Requirements.

Non-residential Properties, Including Businesses, Commercial Properties, Schools and Institutions (Effective July 1, 2007)

Effective July 1, 2007, designers shall submit a Waste & Recycling System Plan for any non-residential use to demonstrate that considerations for refuse and recycling collection are provided in the design. The designer must certify on the cover sheet that the plan has been submitted to accommodate recycling of mixed paper and cardboard, at a minimum. Details regarding the submission of the Waste & Recycling System Plan will be included in a letter to industry to be distributed in the future. Until July 1, 2007, this information is not required on the cover sheet.

Multi-family Properties, Including Condominiums and Apartments (Effective July 1, 2007)

Effective July 1, 2007, designers shall submit a Waste & Recycling System Plan for any multi-family dwelling developments to demonstrate that considerations for refuse and recycling collection are provided in the design. The designer must certify on the cover sheet that the plan has been submitted to accommodate recycling of mixed paper and cardboard and cans and bottles. Details regarding the submission of the Waste & Recycling System Plan will be included in a letter to industry to be distributed in the future. Until July 1, 2007, this information is not required on the cover sheet.

Area for Collection of Refuse and Recyclables (Effective January 29, 2007)

Designers of multi-family dwelling and/or non-residential facilities shall indicate the location of the area that has been dedicated to the collection of refuse and recyclables. To ensure that buildings and sites, which include all non-residential facilities and all multi-family properties, are designed to accommodate trash and recycling collection, building and site designers must certify that designs include locations on the property for the collection of refuse and recyclables and indicate where this dedicated space is located. The designer shall indicate if the dedicated space is located in the building, or on the plan. If the space is in the building, the designer shall mark the space labeled “building.” If the space is on the plan, the designer shall mark the space labeled “sheet number” and indicate what sheet number.

As stated above, some of the information regarding multi-family dwelling and/or non-residential facilities will not be required on the cover sheet until July 1, 2007. In anticipation of these future requirements, blocks concerning this information were added to the new cover sheet; however, until July 1, 2007, this information may be left blank on the cover sheet. Details regarding this information and its associated submission requirements will be provided in a future letter to industry. Any questions about refuse recycling and collection should be referred to the Fairfax County Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

Refuse Collection for Single Family and/or Townhouse Developments (Effective January 29, 2007)

Designers of single-family and townhouse developments shall certify whether or not the development is in a Sanitary District where refuse and recycling collection is conducted by Fairfax County. To determine whether or not your development site is in a Sanitary District, please call the Fairfax County Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

*Attachments

Attachment A - MS4 Requirements Form
Attachment B - BMP & SWM Facility Types
Attachment C - Receiving Waters by Watershed
Attachment D - List of Major Plans by Submitting Engineer

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Williams in Plan and Document Control at 703-324-1730, TTY 711.


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