Public Hearing on Community Development Authority Ordinance Scheduled for Sept. 8

Aug. 6, 2008

News Highlights 

  • Ordinance would permit county board to consider petitions for community development authorities (CDAs).
  • CDAs are a funding mechanism to assist developments through special taxes or special assessments.
  • Response to changing development climate.

More Information 

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. during its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, on the adoption of an ordinance to permit the county to consider petitions for the creation of community development authorities (CDAs). The public hearing will be held in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Information on public hearings and how to register to speak is available online.

A CDA is a flexible tool that can address a broad range of infrastructure needs, as well as services, and can cover varied areas such as a single shopping mall, a mixed-use development or a downtown redevelopment area.  A petition to the Board of Supervisors to establish a CDA must come from a majority (51 percent) of landowners within a proposed area; the CDA is then governed by board appointees. Either land area or assessed value can be used to determine the 51 percent.  A CDA can be funded through special taxes or special assessments negotiated with the owners of property within the district

Petitions for a CDA will be evaluated against “16 Principles for Public Investment in Support of Commercial Redevelopment,” which were adopted by the Board of Supervisors on July 21 to advance revitalization and reinvestment opportunities within the county. The board will hold a public hearing on any petition submitted to establish a CDA.  

The 16 principles were developed by Fairfax County in collaboration with the Community Revitalization and Reinvestment Advisory Group. The advisory group was established by the Board of Supervisors in March 2007; its membership includes community, business and county government representatives. The principles respond to the county’s changing development climate. By 2030, Fairfax County is projected to add 245,000 jobs and 290,000 new residents. 

The 16 principles are available online.



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