Committees - Planning Commission


At the present time, the Planning Commission has two standing committees and seven special committees. Unless otherwise announced, Planning Commission Committee meetings are held in the Board Conference Room (located behind the Auditorium) in the Government Center. The dates and times of specific committee meetings are noted below and placed in the Weekly Agenda.

Committee members are annually appointed by the Planning Commission Chairman. Each committee elects its own Chairman at its first meeting of the calendar year.

 

For more information about a specific Planning Commission Committee, click on the links below. 

Standing Committees

Special Committees

Personnel & Budget Capital Improvement Program
Policy & Procedures Environment
  Parks
  Housing
  Land Use Process Review
  Schools
  Transportation
  Tysons Corner
  Telecommunications
  Public Entertainment Establishment
    Residential Studios

 

 

View All Committee Minutes 2004 to Present

Personnel & Budget Committee

Next Meeting: None scheduled

One of two standing committees of the Planning Commission, the Personnel and Budget Committee meets on an as-needed basis to review the budget of the Planning Commission Office. In addition, the Committee reviews the status, performance and workload of the Commission staff and forwards recommendations on personnel and budget matters to the Planning Commission for action.

2014 Committee Members:

  1. Frank de la Fe
  2. Janet Hall
  3. John Litzenberger
  4. Peter Murphy
  5. Tim Sargeant
  6. (Alternate: James Migliaccio)

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Policy & Procedures Committee

Next Meeting:

December 11, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

 

In January of 1985, the Planning Commission unanimously voted to consolidate its Policy Review Committee and Procedures Committee into one committee. Since that time, the Policy and Procedures Committee has conducted studies and forwarded recommendations to the Planning Commission on a number of issues, including:

  1. Policies and procedures for management of hazardous wastes and toxic materials (1985);
  2. Implementation of a "feature-shown" determination process for public facilities (1985);
  3. Procedures for the Comprehensive Plan Review cycle (1986, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008-2009, 2009-2010)
  4. Created an instruction manual for Comprehensive Plan amendments (1986, 1994, 1996);
  5. Developed screening criteria for out-of-turn Plan amendments (1986);
  6. Refined procedures for the Policy Review year of the revised APR cycle (1986, 1987; 1988)
  7. Developed"A Citizen's Guide to the Plan Review Process" (1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
  8. Revisions to Article 19-100 (Boards, Commissions and Committees) of the Zoning Ordinance (1987, 1988);
  9. Revisions to the Planning Commission Bylaws and Procedures (1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000)
  10. Procedures for timing, availability & distribution of staff reports (1989)
  11. Procedures requiring applicants to reaffirm affidavits (1989, 2002)
  12. Policies for late submission of revised proffer statements (1989, 1990)
  13. Approval of procedures for Phase I of the Fairfax Planning Horizons (1990)
  14. Public hearing and markup procedures for Phase II of Fairfax Planning Horizons (1991)

The Policy and Procedures Committee forwarded recommendations to the Planning Commission on the yearly Work Plan for Zoning Ordinance Amendments and revisions to the Comprehensive Plan Review process for Area Plans and Public Facilities.

2014 Committee Members:

  1. Earl Flanagan
  2. James Hart
  3. Ken Lawrence
  4. John Litzenberger
  5. James Migliaccio
  6. (Alternates: Janet Hall, Tim Sargeant, Janyce Hedetniemi)

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Capital Improvement Program

Next meeting:  None scheduled

The Capital Improvement Program Committee was first established as a special committee of the Planning Commission in January of 1991. Prepared annually and submitted to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, the Capital Improvement Program is a compilation of the proposed development, replacement, and/or modernization of public programs/projects proposed by County agencies over a five year period. Submitting agencies prioritize each project and provide the estimated cost and expected financing method. As noted in the introduction to the most recent Capital Improvement Program: "Programming capital facilities over time can promote better use of the County's limited financial resources and assist in the coordination of public and private development."

The following program elements are included in the Capital Improvement Program: 

Schools Fairfax County Park Authority Human Services
Libraries Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority Community Development
Public Safety Facilities Management and Maintenance Housing Development
Criminal Justice Solid Waste Management Sanitary Sewerage System
Water Supply Neighborhood Improvement & Commercial Revitalization Transportation

Each year, the Capital Improvement Program Committee reviews hundreds of programs and then invites selected agencies to appear before the Planning Commission to describe and justify all or some of the project elements. Committee recommendations on the Capital Improvement Program are forwarded to the Planning Commission for consideration.

2014 Committee Members:

  1. Frank de la Fe
  2. Nell Hurley
  3. John Litzenberger
  4. James Migliaccio
  5. Peter Murphy
  6. Tim Sargeant

 

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Environment Committee

Next scheduled meeting:

December 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

January 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

February 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

The three member Environment Committee was first established by the Planning Commission in 1991 to serve as a liaison between the Planning Commission and the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council.

During its first year, the Environment Committee monitored the Commission's work program on the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance amendments and later met with citizen and industry representatives to discuss problems associated with implementing the proposals. The recommendations of the Environment Committee were forwarded to the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors and the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board.

In addition to its ongoing focus on water quality, other issues addressed by the Environment Committee in subsequent years have included stormwater and floodplain management, stream protection and restoration; and enforcement of the Soil & Water Conservation Ordinance. Subjects currently under review by the Environment Committee include tree preservation, sidewalks and trails, and proposed amendments to the environmental policy section of the Comprehensive Plan.

 

Building Energy Technology Recommendations to Fairfax County

The Planning Commission’s Environment Committee has been reviewing a report from the MITRE Corporation entitled “Building Energy Technology Recommendations to Fairfax County.”  The report was prepared per a proffered commitment from MITRE to the performance of sustainability-related work for the benefit of the county.  This is the second of two reports that MITRE has provided to the county; the first was the report addressing electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which the Planning Commission Environment Committee is continuing to review.  Like that first report, the building energy technology report was referred by the Board of Supervisors to the Planning Commission for its review and recommendation.  The committee has met on several occasions to discuss this report and to engage county staff in discussions regarding staff’s perspectives on the report’s recommendations.  Most recently, the committee received presentations on: (1) EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool for measuring/tracking energy and water consumption; and (2) energy monitoring in county facilities that are managed by the county’s Facilities Management Department.

The Planning Commission Environment Committee is interested in your comments and recommendations in response to both the MITRE building energy technology report and the staff perspectives document.  The committee will consider all comments received at an as-yet unscheduled meeting.  Please provide any comments you may have on this report, by COB Friday, December 19, 2014, to the Planning Commission office at plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov


Electric Vehicle Charging

 

Green Building Comprehensive Plan Policy Review Strawman - December 3, 2012

This document has been prepared by staff of the Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Zoning as a working document intended to reflect Environment Committee guidance on the development of a draft Plan Amendment that would be advertised for further consideration through the public hearing process.

Green Building Policy Review Comment Matrix (.pdf format)

Stream Protection Tools Matrix (.pdf format)

 

This matrix presents a set of possible tools that would support stream protection. This document is in draft form, and should not be considered a final policy. The staff-prepared matrix was requested at the September 14, 2005 joint meeting between the Planning Commission Environment Committee and EQAC, and will continue to be the subject of discussion at future meetings of the Committee.

 

2014 Committee Members:

  1. James Hart
  2. Nell Hurley
  3. Tim Sargeant
  4. John Ulfelder
  5. Ken Lawrence
  6. (Alternates: Janyce Hedetniemi, Frank de la Fe)

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Housing Committee

Next scheduled meeting: None Scheduled

Established in January of 1989 to serve as a liaison between the Planning Commission and the Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Housing Committee consists of Planning Commission and Housing Authority members.

The Housing Committee forwards recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors concerning criteria for the assignment of appropriate residential development density and the cash contribution formula for proffers. This special committee routinely monitors applicable sections of the Comprehensive Plan to ensure continued use of the Housing Trust Fund, conservation of existing neighborhoods, rehabilitation of older neighborhoods, and provision of affordable housing in economically balanced communities.

2014 Committee Members:

  • Earl Flanagan
  • Frank de la Fe
  • John Litzenberger
  • Tim Sargeant
  • Nell Hurley

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Parks Committee

Next scheduled meeting: None scheduled

The Parks Committee was first established in 1996 as a special joint committee consisting of members from the Planning Commission and from the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations on park standards, the park classification system and Countywide park policies as delineated in the Comprehensive Plan. Other issues on the agenda have been park land acquisition shortages; park planning strategies; open space vs conservation dedication; and the inventory of park and recreational facilities.

2014 Committee Members:

  • Frank de la Fe
  • Earl Flanagan
  • James Migliaccio
  • Nell Hurley
  • John Ulfelder
  • (Alternate: Janyce Hedetniemi and James Hart)

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Land Use Process Review Committee

Next scheduled meeting: None Scheduled

Established in November 2007, the Land Use Process Review Committee was formed to review Fairfax County's current land use process timeline and address possible implications and needed changes with staff and representatives from the development and business communities.

2014 Committee Members:

  1. Pete Murphy
  2. Earl Flanagan
  3. Ken Lawrence
  4. John Litzenberger
  5. Tim Sargeant
  6. (Alternates: James Hart and Nell Hurley)

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Schools Committee

Next scheduled meeting: None scheduled

The School Facilities Committee was established in November, 2000 to serve as a liaison between the Planning Commission and the Fairfax County School Board on mutual issues of interest.

Holding its first meeting in March 2001, this committee discussed such issues as: major housing projects already approved or in the pipeline; impacts of the current evaluation process on community schools; school needs for construction and their impacts on the Capital Improvement Program; the possible use of cash proffers or a formula for designating funding for schools during the revision of the residential development criteria in 2002; and other such pertinent issues.

2014 Committee Members:

  1. Tim Sargeant
  2. Nell Hurley
  3. John Litzenberger
  4. (Alternate: Frank de la Fe)

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Transportation Committee

Next scheduled meeting: None Scheduled

The Transportation Committee was established on January 31, 1990 to serve as a liaison between the Planning Commission and the newly created Transportation Advisory Commission. In the intervening years, the Committee has proposed that the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors adopt corridor study criteria and procedures to implement the transportation recommendations contained in the Comprehensive Plan. The Committee also reviewed the transportation elements of the studies submitted by the Tysons Corner Task Force and the Fort Belvoir Engineer Proving Ground Task Force.

Working with the Transportation Advisory Commission, the Transportation Committee reviewed proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance designed to help reduce traffic congestion, increase the use of public transit, and satisfy requirements of the Clean Air Act. The Committee continues to receive reports from the Transportation Advisory Commission on transportation issues related to the Comprehensive Plan as well as the Capital Improvement Program.

2014 Committee Members:

  1. Frank de la Fe
  2. James Hart
  3. Ken Lawrence
  4. Janyce Hedetniemi
  5. Tim Sargeant
  6. (Alternates: Nell Hurley, James Migliaccio, )

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Tysons Committee

Next scheduled meeting:

January 22, 2015 at 7:0 p.m.

February 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

Effective October 16, 2008, this committee was established on a recommendation by Commission Chairman Peter F. Murphy, to discuss land use procedures in the Tysons area. Archived materials, committee minutes and presentations for the Committee can be found on the Tysons Corner Committee Information page.   

2014 Committee Members:

  • Janyce Hedetniemi
  • Frank de la Fe
  • John Ulfelder
  • Ken Lawrence
  • James Migliaccio
  • (Alternate: James Hart)

Telecommunications Committee

Next scheduled meeting: TBD

Effective July 28, 2010, the Planning Commission established the Telecommunications Committee to discuss the growing demand for applications and trends for telecommunications facilities in Fairfax County.

2014 Committee Members:

  • Janet Hall
  • Peter Murphy
  • John Litzenberger
  • James Migliaccio
  • Earl Flanagan
  • (Alternates: James Hart, Ken Lawrence, Nell Hurley, Tim Sargeant)


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Public Entertainment Establishment Committee

Not meeting at this time

The Public Entertainment Establishment Committee met several times in the Spring of 2012 at the request of the Board of Supervisors to discuss a possible Zoning Ordinance Amendment regarding properties that double as eating establishments and entertainment venues for adult customers. Following those initial meetings, the matter has been deferred indefinitely by the Board's Development Process Review Committee pending a review by County staff of possible administrative solutions.  

Committee Members:

  • James Hart
  • Ken Lawrence
  • Nell Hurley
  • James Migliaccio
  • (Fairfax County Staff: Eileen McLane, Lorrie Kirst, Michael R. Congleton, Jack Reale)
  • (Private and Professional Representatives: David Norton, Gary Mann, Roni Robins, John McBride, Douglas E. McKinley)

Residential Studios Committee

Not meeting at this time.

 

Effective October 2, 2013, the Planning Commission established this committee to ensure a more in-depth dialogue on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment. More information can be found on the Planning Commission’s RSU website.

2014 Committee Members:

  • Tim Sargeant (Chairman)
  • Janyce Hedetniemi
  • Ken Lawrence
  • Nell Hurley
  • John Litzenberger
  • James Hart (alternate)

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