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On May 5, 2016, Planning Commission Chair Pete Murphy (Springfield) announced an intent to defer the decision on revisions to the Fairfax Forward Comprehensive Plan Review Process originally scheduled on May 25, 2016.  Learn more about the 2016 Process Evaluation and read the staff report.

Fairfax Forward is the regular process for Comprehensive Plan review and includes community engagement. The Comprehensive Plan provides long-range guidance for land use, transportation, public facilities and services, parks and recreation, housing, heritage resources, and the environment. The process strives to identify the latest planning trends related to current issues, ensuring that planning language and policies are up to date and relevant to decision makers. Fairfax Forward seeks to expand public participation by integrating contemporary outreach methods in the planning process.

The 2013 Pilot Work Program lays out the review schedule for the Comprehensive Plan between 2013 and 2016 for activity centers, neighborhoods, site specific, and other policy guidance. Priority is given to amendments that advance major policy objectives, address emerging community concerns, and provide a platform to better implement the Concept for Future Development.

Studies and Plan Amendments
The links below provide Fairfax Forward Comprehensive Plan amendments and studies that are current and completed. The location of the studies and amendments can be viewed on this interactive map.

Current Plan Amendments:   Areawide   |   Site Specific or Other   |  Policy

Completed Plan Amendments

2016 Work Program Development
The 2013 Work Program was developed through a public process, and based on a longer term estimated review schedule. A similar process for drafting the 2016 Work Program is in progress. Proposals for consideration to amend the 2016 Work Program and Comprehensive Plan were submitted by January 29, 2016. You can review submitted proposals here.  Submittals received after the January 29, 2016 deadline will be saved for consideration on future work programs.   The 2016 Work Program review schedule is as follows:

March 31, 2014 - January 29, 2016:  Public submission period for ideas to amend the Plan Amendment Work Program.
April 27 and May 11 (carry-over), 2016:  Planning Commission workshop(s).
June 15, 2016:  Planning Commission public hearing. *Anticipated to be deferred.*
July 26, 2016:  Board of Supervisors action item. *Anticipated to be deferred.*

The deadline for submitting a proposal to amend the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program was Friday, January 29, 2016. Submissions received after this deadline will be saved for consideration on future work programs. Learn more about the process and review submissions.

2016 Process Evaluation
The Board of Supervisors (BOS) directed staff to evaluate Fairfax Forward two years after its authorization in July 2013 to assess the efficiency, effectiveness, accessibility, and impact of the new Plan review process. The evaluation focuses on whether the new process for amending the Comprehensive Plan (as a replacement to the Area Plans Review (APR) process) has resulted in a better approach to land use planning in the county, and may result in modifications to the Fairfax Forward process. The staff report for the evaluation can be found here. The review is scheduled as follows:

April 20 - Planning Commission hearing on proposed process changes (public comment)
May 25 - Planning Commission decision-only on proposed change. *Anticipated to be deferred.*
June 7 - Board of Supervisors Action item on process changes. *Anticipated to be deferred.*

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