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About the Study

About the StudyThe Board of Supervisors adopted guidance for the Fairfax Center Area in the county's Comprehensive Plan in 1982, establishing a vision for the area. Since the plan's adoption, the area has evolved from greenfields into a community of neighborhoods, retail, and employment. The Fairfax Center Area Study provides an opportunity to assess where the Fairfax Center Area is now and how it will continue to evolve in the next 20-30 years

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 staff report and adopted text for Phase I are available on the Documents page.

Phase II, 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 working group 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 Process - Phase II

April-May 2015

June-July 2015

  • Formation of areawide working group to review Area-wide Recommendations and Suburban Center land use guidance
  • Working group eduational sessions

September-October 2015

  • Examination of future vision for Fairfax Center Area - How should the vision be revised to make it accurate and forward-thinking for the next 20-30 years?

November 2015-March 2016 (dependent upon transportation evaluation)

  • Development of land use scenarios and for proposed Plan changes and updated Area-wide Recommendations, informed by submissions
  • Impact analysis of proposed Plan changes

Spring-Summer 2016

  • Final working group recommendations for proposed Plan changes
  • Publication of Phase II staff report with final staff recommendations

Summer-Fall 2016

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

Fairfax Center Area Study - Past Milestones

October 2013 - November 2013

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

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