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Proposed Changes to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process (Formerly Fairfax Forward)

In 2013, the Board of Supervisors (Board) directed staff to evaluate Fairfax Forward, the county's Plan review process, two years after its authorization to assess the efficiency, effectiveness, accessibility, and impact of the new Plan review process. The evaluation focused 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. An intermediate report on Fairfax Forward was presented to the Planning Commission (PC) Land Use Process Review Committee on September 15, 2016 and available here, following the PC deferral of the Fairfax Forward Process Evaluation on May 25, 2016 and the 2016 Plan Amendment Work Program on June 15, 2016.

Click here to review the proposed changes in a short presentation.

Click here to review an information flyer on the proposed changes.

The intermediate report describes suggested modifications to the process that draw from components of the Area Plans Review (APR) process, Fairfax Forward, and suggestions by the PC and the public. The modifications suggest that the process remain structured around a Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program that schedules county-wide, area-wide, and site-specific amendments including Board-authorized amendments; but the review process for the work program would be modified to incorporate a 4-year, North and South County review cycle for citizen-initiated amendments, called the Site Specific Amendments Process.

Public hearings on the proposed changes are scheduled for:

Planning Commission: April 19, 2017 at 8:15 PM   ***Decision only deferred to Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:15 P.M.***
Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
    The Planning Commission's recommendation can be viewed here, and the public hearing verbatim can be viewed here.

Board of Supervisors: May 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM  ***The Board public hearing was deferred to Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 3:30 P.M.*** 
Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax

The staff report for the proposed modifications to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process that was published on April 5, 2017 can be viewed here.

Public comments to proposed modifications:

- NAIOP letter, June 15, 2017
- Mount Vernon Council of Citizen's Associations, June 20, 2017

Contact the Planning Commission at (703) 324-2865 or the Board of Supervisors at (703) 324-3151 to sign up to speak at the public hearings.

Ongoing Public Outreach

Staff is currently discussing the proposed changes to the process with community groups through January. Please plan to attend one of these community meetings for additional details of the proposed changes. The dates and location of these meetings will be updated on this website as they are scheduled.

    October 24, 2016: Springfield Land Use Committee - 7:30 PM, Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 1255 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA
    November 21, 2016: Mason District Land Use Committee - 7:30 PM, Glasgow Middle School, 4101 Fairfax Parkway, Lincolnia, VA
    November 29, 2016: McLean Citizens Association - 6:15 PM, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA
    November 30, 2016: Mount Vernon Council of Citizens' Associations - 8:00 PM, Mount Vernon Governmental Center, 1255 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA
    January 3, 2017:  Joint Sully District Council Land Use and Transportation Committee and WFCCA Land Use Committee - 7:00 PM, Sully District Governmental Center    
         Front Meeting Room, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA
    January 11, 2017:  Providence District Council - 8:00 PM, Providence District Governmental Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax VA 
    February 1, 2017:  Hunter Mill District Community Meeting - 7:00 PM, Hunter Mill Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA  
    February 9, 2017: NAIOP/NVBIA Joint Meeting, 8:30 AM, Herrity Building, Rooms 106/107, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
    March 6, 2017: Lee District Land Use Committee Meeting - 7:00 PM, Lee District Governmental Center, 6121 Franconia Rd, Franconia, VA
    March 15, 2017:  Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) meeting - 5:00 PM, Fairfax County Government Center , Conference Rooms 4 and 5, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
    March 22, 2017:  Great Falls Citizen Association meeting - 7:00 PM, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA
    May 9, 2017:  Board of Supervisors Development Process Committee meeting - 3:00 PM, Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 10 and 11, 12000 Government Center parkway, Fairfax VA
If your group is not listed, please contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at (703)324-1380 to speak with staff, or review the presentation and send comments via email.

Check back with us soon as more information will be provided here as they become available.

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