Fairfax Forward - 2013 Pilot Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program 

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Review the Pilot Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program (Adopted July 9, 2013, Amended through November 17, 2015)

Fairfax Forward establishes a new  schedule to review the county's Comprehensive Plan: the Area Plans, Policy Plan and Land Use, Transportation and Trails Maps. Review of the Area Plans will occur through Activity Center Planning and Neighborhood Planning studies, based on the classifications of the Concept for Future Development. As adopted on July 9, 2013 and amended through November 17, 2015, the Pilot Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program schedules the first three years of activity.  The work program recognizes:

  • Planning studies that were authorized prior to July 9, 2013 and will continue through 2013,
  • New planning studies that are anticipated to commence between 2013 through 2016 and authorized through the adoption of the work program
  • Any amendments authorized by the Board of Supervisors, following the work program adoption on July 9, 2013,
  • Any completed amendments acted upon by the Board of Supervisors after July 9, 2013.  

The Estimated Long-term Schedule for Review approximates when areas that are not scheduled on the pilot work program will be reviewed.  

Work Program Criteria

The order and timing of new studies listed on the work program was established through intensive public outreach and applying a set of criteria. The criteria seek to:

  • Address emerging community concerns;
  • Respond to actions by others, such as Federal, State, or adjacent jurisdictions;
  • Advance major policy objectives, such as promoting environmental protection, fostering revitalization of designated areas, supporting economic development, preserving open space, providing affordable housing, or balancing transportation infrastructure and public facilities services with growth and development;
  • Better implement the Concept for Future Development;
  • Reflect implementation of Comprehensive Plan guidance through zoning approvals; and/or
  • Respond to or incorporate research derived from technical planning or transportation studies.

The schedule will ensure that guidance is up-to-date and relevant based on current and future needs.  Study timing also will be influenced by the availability of staff and community resources.

2015 Evaluation

The adopted work program is considered pilot.  The process and schedule will be evaluated after two years of operation. The evaluation will focus on progress made on the schedule and the approach to planning studies and public participation. The evaluation also will establish a benchmark for future evaluations.  The review will formally begin in July 2015. 


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