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2016 Fairfax Forward Process Evaluation

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 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 the evaluation can be found here. The review is scheduled as follows:

April 20 - Planning Commission (PC) hearing on proposed process changes (public comment)
May 25 - PC decision only on proposed change - Deferred (An intermediate report on Fairfax Forward will be presented to the Planning Commission Land Use Process Review Committee on September 15, 2016.)
BOS Action item on process changes - Date to be determined

Submissions for the 2016 Work Program

The review of 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 is underway. The effort 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.  The review is scheduled as follows:

January 29, 2016 - End submission window for 2016 work program
February 29 - Publish submissions online, distribute to PC and BOS
Mid-April - 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 the 2016 work program - Deferred (On June 15, 2016, the Planning Commission indefinitely deferred the public hearing on the 2016 Plan Amendment Work Program and submissions that were proposed for inclusion on the work program until such time that any modifications to the Fairfax Forward process are decided. An intermediate report on Fairfax Forward will be presented to the Planning Commission Land Use Process Review Committee on September 15, 2016.)
BOS Action item to adopt 2016 work program - Date to be determined

Twenty-four proposals to amend the Work Program were received by the deadline date of January 29, 2016. Two have requested to be withdrawn. The proposals can be reviewed online either by using the clickable map or the list of submissions for consideration in pdf format, and can also be viewed by visiting the Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Zoning at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730, Fairfax VA 22035. View a  full report of the preliminary considerations and staff recommendations of the submissions. A Planning Commission Workshop to review the submissions is scheduled for April 27, 2016.

Public Participation Survey

A public participation survey is available to gather input on public meetings you attended for individual studies. Click here to fill out the survey.

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