Fairfax Forward - 2016 Evaluation

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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 will be divided into two parts.

Part 1: The first part of 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. Part 1 may result in modifications to the Fairfax Forward process. The staff report for Part 1 of the evaluation can be found here.

Part 2: The second part of the evaluation involves reviewing the schedule and order of studies on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program to determine whether new studies should be added to the work program. Part 2 will result in the adoption of a 2016 Plan Amendment Work Program. The work program is central to Fairfax Forward as the means to organize planning studies over a three year period.

Evaluation Schedule

The evaluation of the Fairfax Forward process (Part 1) precedes the review of the work program (Part 2) in order for any changes made to the process to be factored into the 2016 work program.

Part 1 Schedule - Fairfax Forward Process Evaluation

April 20 - Planning Commission (PC) hearing on proposed process changes (public comment)
May 25 - Planning Commission decision-only. *Anticipated to be deferred.*

June 7 - BOS Action item on process changes. *Anticipated to be deferred.*

Part 2 Schedule - 2016 Work Program Development

January 29, 2016 - End submission window for 2016 work program
February 29 - Publish submissions online, distribute to PC and BOS
April 13 - Distribute staff summary of submissions to PC including preliminary staff recommendations; publish online
April 27 - PC workshop on submissions for 2016 work program (public comment)
June 15 - PC hearing on 2016 work program (public comment) *Anticipated to be deferred.*
July 26 - BOS Action item to adopt 2016 work program *Anticipated to be deferred.*

 The Fairfax Forward Process Evaluation (Part I of the Evaluation)

Work Program Review (Part II of the Evaluation)

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