Fairfax Forward - Present Public Participation Opportunities



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The draft evaluation criteria for the review of Fairfax Forward measuring the efficiency, effectiveness, accessibility, and impact of the new Plan review process and the Pilot Work Program are now available.

The evaluation focuses on progress made on the schedule, approach to planning studies, and public participation. The criteria also establish a benchmark for future evaluations. The review of Fairfax Forward is proposed to formally begin in July 2015, two years after its adoption.

The formal public comment period on the draft evaluation criteria took place from October 7, 2013 through November 25, 2013. If you would still like to comment or have questions, please email us. You can also mail a letter to the Department of Planning and Zoning, Attn: Fairfax Forward Evaluation, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730, Fairfax, VA 22035.

Community input and stakeholder feedback remains invaluable for the new planning process, as proposed in Fairfax Forward, to succeed.  Expanding community input in planning studies is one of the main goals of Fairfax Forward.  A public participation toolkit has been drafted to offer a variety of ways community outreach, participation, and education may occur during planning studies.  During land use studies, it is envisioned that the community will be involved in:

  • setting the parameters of the study through a visioning process,
  • the review and evaluation through a task force or other advisory body, and
  • the public hearings with opportunities to speak to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors about the study. 

On May 6, 2013 a focus group, representing community groups from various parts of the county, gathered at the Government Center to discuss public participation in planning.  The group discussed the notification process for planning studies and measurements that could be used during the evaluation of Fairfax Forward.  Review suggestions about improving the notification process or submit your own comments.

Many suggestions were offered at the meeting as represented in this word cloud.  These ideas can be explored as outreach strategies for planning studies are developed, .

Notification Word Cloud

Other ways to participate include:

  • reviewing the staff report and recommendations for Fairfax Forward online.  
  • reviewing the Planning Commission recommendation or watch the Planning Commission public hearing (March 27, 2013 meeting) and the decision-only (April 3, 2013 meeting).
  • attending or speaking at the upcoming Board of Supervisors public hearing: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  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. The public hearings will take place in the Board Auditorium, Ground Level, Government Center Building, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia. Sign up to speak by calling the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors - (703) 324-3151.
  • submitting comments or questions to the email address or call the Department of Planning and Zoning, Planning Division at (703) 324-1380. 

 

 

 


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