50+ Action Plan: Plan Today for a More Aging Friendly Community Tomorrow

The communities we plan and build, and those we revitalize, must be livable communities for all ages. 

Community design affects how we live. Good design provides opportunities to know and help our neighbors and the pleasure to safely walk to grocery stores, service providers, and recreation sites. It gives us transportation options when we cannot or choose not to use our cars. It provides for affordable housing that adapts to our changing needs.

It also facilitates access to technology that enhances our lives and improves our health. While older communities are being revitalized, plans for new developments are underway and more are expected.

This presents Fairfax County opportunities to create livable communities for all ages.



  • Create and revitalize communities that enable us to live independently as we age. Apply lessons from the basic Reston design concept, and from other best practices nationwide, that integrate community planning elements including access to a full range of options for transportation, services, recreation, health care, technology and housing.   
  • Adopt county planning and development guidelines that ensure integration of key elements of community design for all ages. Provide technical assistance and incentives to individuals and developers to promote use of these guidelines. Identify and remove county restrictions that may inhibit use of the guidelines. 

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