Fairfax Forward proposes a new approach to Plan review and community engagement in planning activities. If adopted by the Board of Supervisors, the effort will replace the Area Plans Review process.
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Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: July 9, 2013 at 4:00PM in the Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
If you wish to speak at the board's public hearing, call the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 771, or fill out the online speakers sign-up form. The public hearings will take place in the Board Auditorium, Ground Level, Government Center Building, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia. Questions may be directed to the Department of Planning and Zoning, Planning Division at (703) 324-1380.
Community Focus Group: May 6, 2013
On May 6, 2013 a focus group, representing community groups from various parts of the county, gathered at the Government Center to discuss public participation in planning. The group discussed the notification process for planning studies and measurements that could be used during the evaluation of Fairfax Forward. Many suggestions were offered at the meeting. These ideas can be explored as outreach strategies for planning studies are developed.
Planning Commission Public Hearing and Recommendation
On April 3, 2013, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on Fairfax Forward. The Planning Commission public hearing was held on March 27, 2013. Watch the March 27th and the April 3rd Planning Commission meetings.
The effort resulted from the 2011 Area Plans Review Retrospective, an evaluation of the regular cycle of Comprehensive Plan review (the Area Plans Review process). The results indicated minor changes to the existing process would not address recurring issues and a more substantial change should occur.
Goals of Fairfax Forward
In general, the new approach seeks to:
Community Outreach and Participation
Community input and feedback from other stakeholders remains invaluable for the effort and future planning studies to succeed. A public comment period on the proposed process and pilot work program was held from December 15, 2012 through January 18, 2013. Find out how input was gathered during past stages of Fairfax Forward, what you can do to participate now, and what outreach and participation opportunities are envisioned in the future:
Summary of Recommendations
The following summarizes the final staff recommendations as expressed in the staff report. Staff recommendations are based on community input, input from county staff, and other stakeholders.
Fairfax Forward proposes a revised review schedule for the Comprehensive Plan (the Area Plans and Policy Plan). Planning studies for the next three year period will be established on a Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program. Activities after this time will be estimated. The initial work program for years 2013-2015 is considered a pilot program. After the first year, a status update of studies on the work program will be provided to the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the public; after the second year, an evaluation of the process and the pilot work program will be completed.
Fairfax Forward proposes a new method to conduct planning studies that increases public participation and seeks more effective outcomes. The method will capitalize on the successful aspects of recent planning studies, particularly related to review and evaluation. Other improved features of the process will include more focused study parameters and a more organized approach to the overall Plan review.
A number of indefinitely deferred Plan amendments and Area Plans Review items that have had no action in two years or more are recommended to be rescinded by the Board of Supervisors or the Planning Commission.
The schedule for Fairfax Forward as as follows:
Spring 2012: Initial meetings with Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors; development of preliminary recommendations
Summer/Fall 2012: Public outreach meetings
December 2012-January 2013: Publication of preliminary recommendations; public comment period
February 2013: Final staff recommendations
March 2013: Planning Commission public hearing
June 2013: Board of Supervisors' Development Process Committee meeting
July 2013: Board of Supervisors public hearing
A number of other planning activities were completed as part of Fairfax Forward and used to inform the final recommendations:
State of the
for Future Development Update
Land Use Plan Map Update