Goal Four: Invest in Physical and Natural Infrastructure
Fairfax County recognizes that its investment in public infrastructure not only serves to protect and enrich the lives of its citizens, but also serves to attract new private investment and to achieve its long-term land use and development goals. Increasingly, economic success is dependent upon connections to an efficient intermodal transportation network, a sustainable and natural environment, a modern educational system(s) and vibrant public spaces. Such systems provide the ingredients and are assets for a diversified and prosperous economy. Moving forward, Fairfax County will continue to explore new and innovative technologies that make our infrastructure and public assets more efficient, more environmentally effective, and subsequently, more sustainable.
4.1 Implement Board’s environmental vision, priorities, and goals, as identified in the Board of Supervisors’ Environmental Agenda, “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County: A 20-Year Vision.”
- Ensure a focus on the environment and sustainability principles in county development policies, while seeking to balance the impact on the time and cost of the development process.
4.2 Dedicate funding and establish longer term maintenance strategies for existing and proposed county-owned infrastructure and facilities.
4.3 Maximize return on investment potential for all county assets, including land and facilities, by leveraging partnership opportunities with both private and public partners to construct and operate infrastructure and facilities throughout the county.
- Examine the county’s adopted Capital Improvement Program for these types of partnership opportunities.
4.4 Encourage the use of Business Improvement Districts or other similar concepts for funding streetscapes, landscaping, park plazas, and other related infrastructure.
- Identify opportunities with the development industry to meet the community needs. Projects could include dedication of land, construction of public facilities, maintenance or upgrading of facilities such as tot lots, and sidewalk construction and repair.
4.5 Continue and expand interactions with internal and external service providers, including public safety and utility providers. Plan for service delivery changes within more urban environments.
4.6 Ensure that the county is leveraging all funding opportunities to fund infrastructure.
- Consider feasibility of a Local Opportunity Fund to accelerate planned infrastructure improvements located near current or future businesses. Partner with FCEDA to identify businesses, particularly those not eligible for the Governor’s Opportunity Fund.
- Review and update as necessary the county's 16 Principles in Support of Commercial Redevelopment that guides the county’s involvement in public-private ventures in revitalization areas.
4.7 Continue to implement capacity improvements and congestion mitigation options for regional transportation corridors such as Interstate 66, Route 28, Richmond Highway, and the Fairfax County Parkway.
4.8 Continue to expand transit service where appropriate to unserved and underserved areas; increase service on higher density routes; add more mid-day, evening, and weekend services.
4.9 Incorporate greater use of transit into Comprehensive Plan updates associated with the county’s activity centers.
4.10 Continue to improve the county’s multimodal transportation system which connects activity centers and within activity centers.
4.11 Promote the accessibility and use of the county’s Amtrak stations.