Fairfax Forward - 2015 Evaluation

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The Board of Supervisors 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 will focus 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 2: The second part of the evaluation will review the schedule and order of studies on the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program. Part 2 will also determine whether new studies should be added to the work program. The work program is central to Fairfax Forward as the means to organize planning studies over a three year period.

Evaluation Schedule

As shown on the schedule , the first part of the Fairfax Forward evaluation (tasks in blue) precedes the review of the work program (tasks in green and italic font). As a result, any changes made to the process can be factored into the changes to the work program. The formal evaluation of Fairfax Forward is scheduled to begin in July 2015.

July 2015: Staff evaluation of Fairfax Forward process begins (Part 1)
Fall 2015:  Preliminary staff report published on process evaluation; public outreach begins (Part 1)
Early 2016:  Final staff report published on process evaluation (Part 1) Staff review of proposals to amend the Plan and work program begins (Part 2)
Spring 2016:  Planning Commission public hearing and Board of Supervisor endorsement on process evaluation (Part 1) Planning Commission workshop held on changes to work program (Part 2) Final staff report published on changes to the work program (Part 2)
Summer 2016:  Planning Commission public hearing and Board of Supervisors' endorsement for changes to the work program (Part 2)

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

Work Program Review (Part II of the Evaluation)

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