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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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2015-III-FC1: Fair Lakes, Fairfax Center Land Units G, H and I -  On June 23, 2015 the Board of Supervisors authorized the consideration of a Plan amendment for the Fair Lakes area extending west of West Ox Road and Monument Drive to Stringfellow Road, and north of Interstate-66, in the Fairfax Center Area, Springfield Supervisor District. The Board requested that staff consider allowing greater flexibility in development and location in this area to enable a quicker response to market demands. This Plan amendment considers redistributing development potential currently planned on specific sites as options at the Overlay level within the subject area across the entire subject area of this amendment.

Planning Commission public hearing: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 8:15 P.M.
Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.

2016-I-B1: Baileys Crossroads Community Shelter - On July 26, 2016 the Board of Supervisors authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment for 5914 Seminary Road (Tax Map Parcel 61-2 ((20)) 7) and a 15 foot strip of land adjacent to the northern boundary of the parcel dedicated as public right-of-way for Seminary Road. The subject property is located south of the Leesburg and Columbia Pike interchange, in the Baileys Planning District, Mason Supervisors District. The Plan amendment considers public facility use as a community shelter at a maximum intensity of .70 floor area ratio for the subject property.

Planning Commission public hearing: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:15 P.M.
    Link to the Planning Commission's Verbatim and recommended Plan text .
Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.

2013-III-FC1(B) [Fairfax Center Area Study, Phase II:  Suburban Center and Areawide Guidance] and 2016-III-FC1 [Fairfax Center Area, Sub-Unit O1]: Plan Amendments (PA) 2013-III-FC1(B)and 2016-III-FC1 propose revisions to the Comprehensive Plan recommendations for the Fairfax Center Area. The Fairfax Center Area comprises the area generally extending west of the City of Fairfax to Stringfellow Road, from Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50) to Lee Highway (Route 29). The revisions would ensure consistency with current countywide policy and practice, reflect implementation, and make editorial and organizational changes, including reorganizing the land units and illustrating the baseline land use recommendations on the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Map. The amendment also would revise the implementation strategy for the Fairfax Center Area to remove the Intermediate development level and Development Elements. Several site-specific land use and intensity recommendations are proposed to be amended within the Suburban Center portion of the Fairfax Center Area. If you are having trouble locating the proposed site-specific land use and intensity changes within the staff report, click here for a table of proposed changes.

Planning Commission public hearing: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8:15 P.M. ***Decision only deferred to Wednesday, November 16, 2016*** 
    Link to the Planning Commission's Verbatim and recommended Plan text.
Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 4:30 P.M.
Adopted on December 6, 2016.  Adopted text coming soon!

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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