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About the Study

About the StudyThe Board of Supervisors adopted new guidance for the Fairfax Center Area in the county's Comprehensive Plan in 1982 and established a vision for the approximately 5,500 acre area. Since its adoption, the area has evolved into a thriving employment center within the county with a diverse community. Through the use of an incentive-based implementation strategy, the Plan continues to achieve its vision of a high-quality mix-of-uses suburban center.

The Fairfax Center Area study will evaluate the Comprehensive Plan for the area to verify that factual information is current and that recommendations remain consistent with current policy and practice. There are two main phases to the study. Each phase will involve collaboration with community members and other stakeholders. The first phase, completed in December 2014, examined the peripheral edges of the study area, designated as Low Density Residential Areas and Suburban Neighborhoods on the Concept for Future Development. The second phase, which began in 2015, evaluates the central portion of the study area, designated as the Suburban Center on the Concept for Future Development. Staff will work with an areawide task force to gather input and discuss proposed Plan changes. The study will likely include editorial updates, an evaluation of land use recommendations for certain portions of the study area, and other additional changes. Below is a timeline highlighting important milestones in the study. Factors such as additional public outreach or the complexity of proposed changes may influence timing.

Fairfax Center Area Study Milestones - Phases I and II

October 2013 - November 2013

Phase I

January 2014 - April 2014

  • District-level Phase I outreach meetings held to solicit public feedback
  • Publication of Community Outreach Reports within each supervisor district to summarize feedback received through public outreach process
  • Follow-up meetings with district working groups or committees to refine potential Plan changes (including editorial updates)

May 2014

  • Impact analysis on proposed Plan changes conducted by staff

June 2014 - July 2014

  • Presentation of impact analysis results to district working groups or committees; working group recommendations made

September 4, 2014

  • Publication of Phase I staff report with final staff recommendations

November 12, 2014 (deferred from October 22, 2014)

  • Phase I Planning Commission public hearing

December 2, 2014

  • Phase I Board of Supervisors public hearing

December 2014

  • Adopted Text available

Phase II

Early to Mid-2015

  • Formation of Areawide Task Force to review proposed Plan changes in Phase II
  • Solicitation of ideas for land use changes
  • Begin evaluation of areawide guidance and editorial updates

Mid- to Late 2015

  • Task Force review of Suburban Center and Area-wide Recommendations
  • Impact analysis of proposed Plan changes

Early 2016

  • Final Task Force recommendations for proposed Plan changes
  • Publication of Phase II staff report with final staff recommendations


  • Phase II Planning Commission public hearing
  • Phase II Board of Supervisors public hearing
  • Adopted text available

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