Information Session on Amendment to Planned Development Districts Zoning Ordinance


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Sept. 13, 2004

 

Information Session on Amendment to Planned Development Districts Zoning Ordinance

On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, the Department of Planning and Zoning will host a public information session to introduce the draft st ff recommendation for the Planned Development District Zoning Ordinance Amendment. The public is invited to attend the information session which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 106 and 107 of the Herrity Building, located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request by calling 703-324-1334, TTY 711.

Planned development districts are zoning districts that have few specified requirements and are intended to encourage creative development and provide greater flexibility than conventional districts. All planned development districts allow a mixture of uses, pipestem lots and the use of private streets. In addition, planned development districts have no minimum lot size or minimum yard (setback) requirements and require the provision of recreational facilities in residential areas and open space. Planned development districts include the PDH, Planned Development Housing District, the PDC, Planned Development Commercial District, the PDM, Planned Residential Mixed Use District, and the PRC, Planned Residential Community District.

The proposed amendment is in response to the Infill and Residential Development Study recommendations adopted by the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 21, 2001, as well as concerns expressed by staff, the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors and others. Based upon these recommendations and concerns, Department of Planning and Zoning staff believes that more details should be provided by the applicant at the time of submission of a PDH district rezoning application.

A review of recent PDH district rezoning applications acted upon by the Board of Supervisors reveals that virtually all PDH applications were submitted as a combined conceptual/final development plan rather than a separate conceptual development plan and final development plan approved through a two step process. Based on this review, staff concluded that it would be appropriate to require the submission of a single development plan in the PDH district that encompasses all the data reflected on both the conceptual development and final development plans, along with additional information. Pursuant to this new proposal, more detail would be required at the time of PDH district rezoning application submission.

As part of staff's evaluation of this issue, it became apparent that, since the application submission requirements and review processes are currently the same for the PDH, commercial and mixed use districts, it would be appropriate to have the same submission requirements and review processes in each of those districts. The proposed new PDH, commercial and mixed use district rezoning application review process involves the submission of a detailed development plan, known as a planned district plan, and public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. The proposed new review process is similar to the rezoning process for conventional districts with proffered generalized development plans.

The use of this new review process will be phased in, allowing PDH, commercial and mixed use developments currently under review to be processed using the old system. However, staff believes that a proposed amendment to an existing PDH, planned development commercial or planned development mixed use development that is not in substantial conformance with the approved conceptual development plan should require board approval of a planned development plan under the new process. The new planned development plan is intended to capture all the information presently depicted on the conceptual development plan and final development plan, plus some additional details typically sought to address compatibility with surrounding properties and within the new development such as: architectural elevations, building envelopes and building footprints for single family dwellings, and location of all parking spaces and parking structures.

For more information, call Diane Johnson-Quinn or Lorrie Kirst of the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314, TTY 711. Written comments may be forwarded to the Zoning Administration Division, Department of Planning and Zoning, Suite 807, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035.


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