Fairfax Forward - Present Public Participation Opportunities
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:
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, .
Other ways to participate include: