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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-III-P1 :  Workhouse Road Area - On September 20, 2016, the Board of Supervisors (Board) authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment for 18.6 acres of property along Workhouse Road in the Pohick Planning District, Mount Vernon Magisterial Supervisor District. The adopted Plan for this area recommends residential uses at a density of .2-.5 dwelling units per acre (du/ac). The Board requested that staff consider revised land use recommendations, not to exceed 2-3 du/ac.  Public hearings have not been scheduled for this Plan amendment.

Proposed Modifications to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process: Modifications are being proposed to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process, known as Fairfax Forward. The new process would retain the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program that schedules county-wide, area-wide, and any Board-authorized amendments and adds a new four-year, nomination-based review cycle known as the Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process (SSPA).

Planning Commission public hearing:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 8:15 PM
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Submission DSC-J-1 (Commonwealth Centre) of the Dulles Suburban Center Study (Plan Amendment 2013-III-DS1) - On July 9, 2013, through the approval of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Work Program, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Board) authorized Plan Amendment (PA) 2013-III-DS1 for consideration of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Dulles Suburban Center. As a part of the Dulles Suburban Center Study, submissions to suggest potential changes to the Dulles Suburban Center section of the Comprehensive Plan were received, including submission DSC-J-1 (Commonwealth Centre). The subject site [parcel 44-1((1))6 part] is approximately 39 acres located north of Westfields Boulevard and east of the Newbrook Drive loop road in the Dulles Suburban Center, Sully Magisterial Supervisor District. The adopted Plan for this area recommends office, conference center, hotel, industrial/flex and industrial uses at an average .50 FAR as well as private open space and public park uses. The submission proposes to add an option for residential and retail uses up to .50 FAR.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 8:15 PM
    The Planning Commission meeting verbatim and recommendation can be viewed here.
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Submission DSC-E4-1 (Pohanka) of the Dulles Suburban Center Study (Plan Amendment 2013-III-DS1) - On July 9, 2013, through the approval of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Work Program, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Board) authorized Plan Amendment (PA) 2013-III-DS1 for consideration of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Dulles Suburban Center. As a part of the Dulles Suburban Center Study, submissions to suggest potential changes to the Dulles Suburban Center section of the Comprehensive Plan were received, including submission DSC-E4-1 (Pohanka). The subject site is located south of Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy (Route 50) and east of Walney Road in the Dulles Suburban Center, Sully Magisterial Supervisor District. The adopted Plan for this area recommends community-serving retail at a maximum overall FAR of .25 for Parcels 34-4 ((1)) 49, 50, 50A, and 51. Additional retail or auto-oriented uses are not planned for and are not appropriate. Parcel 34-4 ((1)) 53 is planned for retail up to .20 FAR. The building height for this parcel should not exceed 35 feet. As an option, expansion of existing auto dealerships located along Route 50 may be appropriate for this parcel. The submission proposes to revise the Plan language to consolidate recommendations for all of the parcels to reflect the existing auto dealerships and increase the maximum FAR to .30 FAR and increase the building height for Parcel 53 to 4 stories.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 8:15 PM *** Decision only deferred to Wednesday, April 19, 2017 ***
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM

2017-CW-1CP:  Mobile and Land Based Telecommunications Policy Plan Amendment -  On January 24, 2017 the Board of Supervisors authorized a Comprehensive Plan amendment to the Mobile and Land-Based Telecommunications Services portion of the Public Facilities section of the Policy Plan. This Plan amendment brings Policy Plan objectives for feature shown and administrative review of telecommunications facilities into compliance with the Spectrum Act (codified at 47 U.S.C. §1455) and with the 2015 adoption of the Federal Communications Commission's report and order.

Planning Commission public hearing: Wednesday, March 29 15, 2017 at 8:15 PM  *** Public hearing deferred to Wednesday, April 26, 2017.  It is anticipated that the Planning Commission public hearing will be deferred again to Wednesday, June 21, 2017. ***
Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM ***It is anticipated that the Board of Supervisors public hearing will be deferred to Tuesday, July 25, 2017. ***

2016-II-TY1: Tysons-Workforce Housing and High-rise Condominiums - On July 26, 2016 the Board of Supervisors authorized a Comprehensive Plan amendment to consider changes to the Workforce dwelling unit (WDU) recommendations in the Tysons Plan as they apply to high-rise condominium developments as recommended by the Tysons High-rise Condominium WDU Advisory Committee. This Plan amendment will only apply to the Tysons Urban Center, within the Providence and Hunter Mill Supervisor Districts.

Planning Commission public hearing: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:15 PM. ***Decision only deferred to March 2, 2017*** 
   The Planning Commission's meeting verbatim can be viewed here, and the Motion to Recommend Approval can be viewed here.  
Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM.  *** Adopted on April 4, 2017.  Adopted text coming soon! ***

S13-II-TY1 (link to staff report) and link to staff report addendumTysons Implementation - On March 5, 2013, the Board authorized an amendment to the Tysons Comprehensive Plan to reconcile the text and maps with the studies and planning activities that have been completed since 2010. The Plan amendment involved updates to reflect implementation, as well as the land use (including the Plan's Initial Development Level for office uses) and urban design sections, transportation recommendations, parks, public facilities, and other updates as determined necessary through the amendment process.

Planning Commission public hearing: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 8:15 PM   ***Decision only deferred to Thursday, March 2, 2017***
   The Planning Commission's meeting verbatim can be viewed here.  
Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM  *** Adopted on March 14, 2017.  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, 2016 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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