Jill G. Cooper Appointed as Executive Director of the Fairfax County Planning Commission


June 4, 2013

News Highlights

  • Jill G. Cooper begins her duties as the executive director of the Planning Commission starting July 1.
  • She has worked for 15 years as a professional planner in both the private and public sectors.
  • The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on development proposals and changes to the county's land use plan, among other responsibilities. Commission members are appointed by the board.

 

At its June 4, 2013, meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors supported the county executive’s appointment of Jill G. Cooper as the executive director of the Fairfax County Planning Commission. She will begin her duties on July 1.

As executive director, she will oversee staff support of the Planning Commission.

Prior to her appointment, Cooper served as a senior assistant to the zoning administrator in the Zoning Administration Division of the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning.  In that capacity, she participated in the interpretation and administration of the county’s Zoning Ordinance, represented the county in appeals before the Board of Zoning Appeals, served as staff coordinator for amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, and coordinated the department’s annual review of proposed state legislation.

Cooper has worked as a professional planner for over 15 years, including experience as a land use planner in the private sector and as a senior associate in community outreach with the Urban Land Institute. 

She earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She will receive an annual salary of $88,363.

The Planning Commission advises the Board of Supervisors on all matters related to the orderly growth and development of land in Fairfax County. This includes the location, character and extent of all public facilities in the county; amendments to the county's Comprehensive Plan; any amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, the Public Facilities Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance; rezoning and special exception applications filed; and approvals of final development plans. Where deemed necessary, the commission may also forward recommendations to the Board of Zoning Appeals on variances, special permits, and appeals filed before that body.

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Photo of Jill G. Cooper, new executive director of the Planning Commission

 Photo of Jill G. Cooper


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