The Fairfax Center Area Study - About the Study
About the Study
The 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
January 2014 - April 2014
June 2014 - July 2014
September 4, 2014
November 12, 2014 (deferred from October 22, 2014)
December 2, 2014
Early to Mid-2015
Mid- to Late 2015
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