Fairfax Forward/Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process

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Fairfax Forward The Comprehensive Plan is a guide used for making land use decisions for Fairfax County.   Fairfax Forward is the regular process for Comprehensive Plan review and includes community engagement. The Comprehensive Plan provides long-range guidance for land use, transportation, public facilities and services, parks and recreation, housing, heritage resources, and the environment. The process strives to identify the latest planning trends related to current issues, ensuring that planning language and policies are up to date and relevant to decision makers. Fairfax Forward seeks to expand public participation by integrating contemporary outreach methods in the planning process.

On July 9, 2013 the Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on Fairfax Forward.  The Board acted to:

  • Adopt the revised Comprehensive Plan review process, as outlined in the Fairfax Forward Staff Report dated February 20, 2013, subsequent Addendum dated April 3, 2013, and Board item dated July 9, 2013, and the Pilot Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program as a formal test of program operations,  
  • Direct staff to measure the efficiency, effectiveness, accessibility, and impact of the new process and the Pilot Work Program after two years of program operations,
  • Direct staff to develop a formal process to gather proposals received outside of the work program, and 
  • Rescind a number of  outstanding Board-authorized amendments (Plan Amendment S11-CW-5CP also was rescinded). 

Read the July 9, 2013 News Release

For detailed information about the ongoing Fairfax Forward Process go to the Fairfax Forward Website.

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