Staff Reports for Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments

Zoning Ordinance Amendments
The following proposed amendments to the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance are scheduled to be authorized or have been authorized for advertisement of public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Please note that hearing dates and times may be subject to change.

For the convenience of the public, copies of the Staff Reports for the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments are available for review in portable document format (PDF) by clicking the amendment title below. In order to view these documents, you will need to have the free Adobe Reader Version 6.0 or higher installed on your computer. Some attachments to the Staff Reports may not be available in electronic format. If you are interested in viewing these documents, please contact the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314.

ADOPTED -- Planned Development Commercial (PDC), Planned Development Residential Mixed Use (PRM) and Commercial Revitalization Districts (CRD) and Other Related Modifications

The Zoning Ordinance Amendment provides the regulatory tools needed to implement the comprehensive plan in Transit Station Areas, Commercial Revitalization Districts and Community Business Centers.  The amendment will:  (a) allow for a higher floor area ratio (FAR) in these selective areas when the increase is in accordance with the comprehensive plan recommendations; (b) require that cellar space not used for mechanical equipment or certain accessory uses count toward the maximum FAR in the PDC and PRM Districts; (c) clarify existing parking provisions and include residential uses in parking reduction requests for properties in a CRD; (d) add certain uses currently not permitted in these districts, subject to use limitations; and (e) make other related changes.

Planning Commission Public Hearing:  May 25, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
Planning Commission Decision Deferred:  June 15, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing:  June 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. - ADOPTED

Additional information regarding the ADOPTED changes can be found here.

Shape Factor in the R-C District; Increase in Residential Building Height; and Minor Lot Line Adjustment

The proposed amendment would: (a) Add a shape factor requirement in the R-C District; (b) When a lot is subject to a lot width waiver special exception approved by the Board, exclude the pipestem portion of such lot from the shape factor requirement; (c) Facilitate a more logical minor adjustment of lot lines between corner lots and contiguous lots when such lots do not meet the current minimum district size, lot area, lot width and/or shape factor requirements of the zoning district in which located, but such lots met the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance in effect at the time of recordation; and (d) Allow the maximum building height for single family detached dwellings to be increased in the R-C, R-E and R-1 Districts from 35 up to 45 feet, provided a minimum required yard of 50 feet is maintained from all lot lines for any dwelling with a height greater than 35 feet.

Planning Commission Public Hearing:  July 20, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
Planning Commission Deferred Decision: July 28, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing:  September 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.


Public Hearing Location

All public hearings are held in the Government Center at the following location:
Board Auditorium
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia

Speaker Information

Persons wishing to speak at the public hearings on these topics may call the Office of the Clerk to the Planning Commission, 703-324-2865, TTY 703-324-7951 and the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903, to be placed on the respective speakers' list or may appear and be heard.

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Planning Commission
Board of Supervisors 

For More Information

For confirmation of hearing dates and times or additional information regarding any of these issues, please contact the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

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