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Review Frequently Asked Questions
On May 6th a focus group was held on public participation at the Government Center with community representatives from around the county. The group specifically talked about improving the notification process for planning studies, as well as how to measure public participation in planning. **COMING SOON: Review the notes from the focus group and try the exercises yourself.**
The Board of Supervisors public hearing has been rescheduled from April 30 to July 9.
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.
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.
Review comments received during the Fairfax Forward public comment period. The page duplicates the information from the staff report, dated February 20, 2013.
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. Find out how this input was gathered during past stages of Fairfax Forward and how there is still time to participate:
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 review schedule for all aspects of the Comprehensive Plan. The first three years of planning activities would be established on a Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program. Planning activities scheduled after the three year work program would be estimated and subject to review every two years, when the work program is evaluated. A status update of projects on the work program (including timeline of activities and the scope of work) would be provided to the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the public on a yearly basis.
Fairfax Forward proposes a new method to conduct planning studies that increases public participation and seeks more effective outcomes. The method capitalizes on the successful aspects of recent planning studies, particularly related to review and evaluation. Other improved features of the process include more focused study parameters, greater community outreach at the beginning, 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, depending of the nature of the amendment
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 hearings
April 2013: Board of Supervisors public hearings (March 2013 hearing date was deferred due to reschedule of the Planning Commission 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