Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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Staff Reports for Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments Scheduled for Public Hearing

The Code of Virginia requires localities to review their Comprehensive Plans at least once every five years. The Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan is evaluated more frequently to manage the dynamic changes in the County and to conduct Plan maintenance.  Plan amendments are initiated by a motion by the Board of Supervisors. In order for an amendment to be adopted, it must be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. See the Planning Commission's Meeting Calendar for information about currently scheduled Planning Commission public hearings. The Board of Supervisors must vote to adopt the amendment in order to change the Plan.  Staff reports for the proposed amendments scheduled for public hearing are listed below. Click on the Plan amendment number that precedes the name of the amendment to review the staff report. Staff reports are in portable document format (PDF). You will need Adobe Reader version 6.0 or greater installed on your computer to view these files.   

This page contains only Plan amendments for which staff reports have been published.  Please visit the Fairfax Forward page to view other Plan amendments currently being reviewed.   

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2016-CW-1CP:  Public Schools -On March 1, 2016, the Board of Supervisors authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to develop locational and character criteria for public schools for inclusion in the Public Facilities section of the Policy Plan. This Plan Amendment will consider vertical school design, co-location of new educational facilities on existing sites, adaptive reuse of existing buildings for educational facilities and alternative educational facilities.

Planning Commission public hearing: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:15 P.M.;  Public hearing deferred to Thursday, July 28, 2016.   *Decision only deferred to Thursday, September 29, 2016*
Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 5:30 P.M.

2013-CW-8CP:  2015 Heritage Resources Plan Update - On December 7, 2009, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the creation of an annual process to amend the Comprehensive Plan to update information on heritage resources throughout the county. This Plan Amendment proposes to update the Inventory of Historic Sites tables and maps, and to revise language in the Area Plans related to heritage resources to reflect changes which have taken place since the last update. Those changes will include the addition of four sites to the Inventory.

Planning Commission public hearing: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:15 P.M.
Board of Supervisors public hearing:
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:00 P.M.

2016 Fairfax Forward Process Evaluation: The 2016 Fairfax Forward evaluation focuses on whether the new process for amending the Comprehensive Plan, which replaced the Area Plans Review (APR) process, has resulted in a better approach to land use planning in the county. The evaluation recommends modifications to Fairfax Forward to improve the process.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:15 PM.  ***On May 25, the Planning Commission deferred decision indefinitely.***
Board of Supervisors action item on process changes:  New date to be determined.  

2015-IV-T1 - Newington Road - On July 28, 2015, the Board of Supervisors (Board) authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment for Newington Road in the Springfield Planning District, Mount Vernon Magisterial Supervisor District. The adopted Plan for this area recommends widening Newington Road to 4 lanes, from Loisdale Road to Cinder Bed Road (including improving an existing one-lane underpass under the CSX railroad tracks) and upgrading the existing 2-lane segment, from Cinder Bed Road to Telegraph Road, to meet current safety and design standards. Improvements could include widening existing lanes, reducing curves, adding sidewalks, bicycle facilities, turn lanes, or some combination, where necessary. The existing plan does not include adding lanes to this section of Newington Road. The Board requested that staff consider the removal of all planned transportation improvements, identified in the Comprehensive Plan and policy documents, for the segment of Newington Road located between Cinder Bed Road and Telegraph Road.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM.  ***The Planning Commission has deferred this item indefinitely.***
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  This public hearing has been deferred.  New date to be determined.

For More Information

Contact the Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380, TTY 711, for more information about the planning process.


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