Staff Reports for Proposed 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.

Noise Ordinance

The proposed amendments to the Fairfax County Code would: (1) add a new Chapter 108.1 (Noise Ordinance), (2) repeal the provisions of Chapter 108 (Noise), and (3) repeal the provisions of Article 6 (Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Areas and Dwellings Ordinance) of Chapter 5 (Offenses). Chapter 108.1 would prohibit certain sound producing activities (prohibitions); exclude certain activities from the Noise Ordinance (exceptions); and when not specifically prohibited or excepted, then subject activities or sources of sound to maximum decibel levels. The prohibitions, exceptions and maximum decibel levels may be further qualified by time, location and duration limitations.

Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing: May 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Board of Supervisors' Decision:  November 17, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Additional information regarding the proposed changes to the Noise Ordinance can be found here.

Minor/Editorial Revisions

The proposed amendment makes clarifying and minor revisions, as well as correcting inconsistencies and errors that have resulted from the adoption of previous Zoning Ordinance amendments under the topic areas of telecommunications facilities, farmers' markets, home child care facilities, metric dimensions, group residential facilities and the noise ordinance codification.

Planning Commission Public Hearing:     July 8, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing:    October 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Donation Drop-Off Boxes

The proposed amendment will add regulations to designate donation drop-off boxes as a specific accessory use and establish standards for placement and maintenance of such containers, including limitations on locations; number of containers per lot; dimensions of containers and restrictions on locations on-site; and requiring specific identification of operators and contact information.

Planning Commission Public Hearing:     July 8, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing:    October 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Alternative Lending Institutions

The proposed amendment will establish and define a new principal land use of Alternative Lending Institution to include payday and motor vehicle title lenders, as regulated by the Code of Virginia; to include such new use as a permitted use in the C-7 & C-8 Zoning Districts; and establish appropriate use limitations to include, among others, their prohibition in Commercial Revitalization Districts and Commercial Revitalization Areas, location requirements limiting the use to a shopping center, minimum separation distances from sensitive uses, permitted hours of operation, and a prohibition against onsite storage or sale of automobiles.

Planning Commission Public Hearing: October 21, 2015 at 8:15 p.m. at 8:15 p.m.
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing: November 17, 2015 at 4:30 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.

Sign up for the speakers' list online:
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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