Staff Reports for Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments



Zoning Ordinance AmendmentsThe 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.

Food Trucks

The proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment establishes a new use of a food truck as any readily movable mobile food service establishment, to include vehicles that are self-propelled, pushed or pulled to a specific location. The food truck use would be permitted as an accessory use on private property in any commercial or industrial district, in the commercial portions of a P district, or on any construction site with an active building permit and on-going construction activity, subject to compliance with applicable regulations. These regulations include a requirement to submit a food truck permit application with a $100 filing fee on a one-time basis for property owners who wish to have food trucks on their property and annually for food truck operators. The application would require compliance with proposed use limitations which include limitations on the location, duration and number of food trucks permitted on a property. The amendment also prohibits food trucks from parking in residential areas and may not be the principal use on the lot.

Planning Commission Public Hearing: July 30, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing: September 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Residential Studios

The proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment establishes a new use of Residential Studios that will consist of efficiency (zero bedrooms) multiple family dwelling units of not more than 500 square feet in size and for not more than 75 units in a development, or as further limited by the Board. The residential studio use would be allowed with the approval of a special exception in most of the residential, commercial and industrial districts or as part of a rezoning or by approval of a special exception in all of the planned development districts. The amendment proposes a number of additional standards to address factors related to the operation of the development and compatibility of the use at the specific development site, among others. Staff's August 27, 2013 memorandum outlines the details of the Planning Commission's review of the proposed amendment. Additionally, answers to some frequently asked questions can be found here.

Planning Commission Work Session #1: September 25, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. (See August 27, 2013 Memorandum)
Planning Commission Work Session #2: October 2, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. (See August 27, 2013 Memorandum)
Planning Commission Committee Meetings: (See Planning Commission website for details.)
        10/28/2013 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Government Center, Conference Rooms 4-5
        11/20/2013 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Herrity Building, Conference Rooms 106-107
        12/9/2013 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Government Center, Conference Rooms 4-5 - CANCELLED
        1/6/2014 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Government Center, Conference Rooms 4-5
        1/22/2014 -- 7:00 p.m. -- Government Center, Conference Rooms 2-3
Planning Commission Public Hearing: To be determined
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing: To be determined

Public Entertainment Establishments

The proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment: 1) Revises the eating establishment definition to clarify that entertainment provided for the enjoyment of the patrons that is deemed by the Zoning Administrator to be clearly accessory and incidental to the principal dining function may be permitted; (2) Requires the submission of a dimensioned floor plan prior to the issuance of a Non-Residential Use Permit for an eating establishment; (3) Adds a new public entertainment establishment use requiring special exception approval by the Board of Supervisors (Board) in the C-6 through C-9 Districts and in the P districts when depicted on an approved development plan or by special exception approval by the Board; and (4) Adds a new banquet/reception hall use requiring special exception approval by the Board in the C-6 District, by right in the C-7, C-8 and C-9 Districts, and permitted in the P districts when depicted on an approved development plan or by special exception approval by the Board.

Planning Commission Public Hearing: To be determined
Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing: To be determined

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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