Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process

The Comprehensive Plan is a guide used for making land use decisions for Fairfax County. The Area Plans Review (APR) process is an opportunity for anyone to submit a nomination for consideration as an amendment to the Area Plan volumes of the Comprehensive Plan. Nominators and any interested parties can review the nominations that have been submitted; attend Task Force meetings; review the Department of Planning and Zoning staff report on each nomination; and testify at public hearings (or in writing) before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Action by the Board of Supervisors is required to amend the Comprehensive Plan.

Fairfax Forward

What is the future of the Area Plans Review process?  Fairfax Forward is an ongoing effort to propose a new means to review and manage the Comprehensive Plan, as a replacement for the APR 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  • Rescind a number of  outstanding Board-authorized amendments (Plan Amendment S11-CW-5CP also was rescinded).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 more information call or visit:

The Planner of the Day
Department of Planning and Zoning
Planning Division
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035-5505
703-324-1380 (TTY 711, Virginia Relay)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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