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Staff Reports for Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments Scheduled for Public Hearing

The Code of Virginia requires localities to review their Comprehensive Plans at least once every five years. The Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan is evaluated more frequently to manage the dynamic changes in the County and to conduct Plan maintenance.  Plan amendments are initiated by a motion by the Board of Supervisors. In order for an amendment to be adopted, it must be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. See the Planning Commission's Meeting Calendar for information about currently scheduled Planning Commission public hearings. The Board of Supervisors must vote to adopt the amendment in order to change the Plan.  Staff reports for the proposed amendments scheduled for public hearing are listed below. Click on the Plan amendment number that precedes the name of the amendment to review the staff report. Staff reports are in portable document format (PDF). You will need Adobe Reader version 6.0 or greater installed on your computer to view these files.   

This page contains only Plan amendments for which staff reports have been published.  Please visit the Plan Amendments page to view other Plan amendments currently being reviewed.   

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2015-IV-MV5: Huntington Transit Station Area, Land Unit G (pt.) - On November 17, 2015, the Board of Supervisors authorized Plan Amendment (PA) 2015-IV-MV5 for Tax Map Parcels 83-1 ((1)) 33, 45 and 45A, located along Huntington Avenue, near the I-495 and Telegraph Road interchange, in the western portion of Land Unit G of the Huntington Transit Station Area (TSA), Mount Vernon District. The subject area is currently planned for office use up to an intensity of 0.30 floor area ratio (FAR). The Board authorization directed staff to evaluate a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to consider mixed-use redevelopment on the parcels, to include residential and/or hotel and office uses up to an intensity of 3.0 FAR, and to also consider consolidation of the parcels and potential expansion of the adjacent TDA to include the properties.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:15 PM.
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM

2017-III-R1:  Reston, Transit Station Areas Noise Impacts Plan Text - On June 6, 2017, the Board of Supervisors authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment to restore inadvertently omitted noise impacts guidance into the Transit Station Areas section of the Reston Plan. The adopted Plan for this area does not currently include previously adopted language regarding noise impacts to residential areas in the environmental stewardship section. The proposed Plan Amendment recommends that environmental stewardship language regrading noise impacts on new development, which was inadvertently deleted during Phase II of the Reston Master Plan, be restored. The proposed amendment integrates the guidelines for these areas with the guidance for the Reston Transit Station areas that was adopted in 2016 at the conclusion of Phase I.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:15 PM.
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM

2015-IV-MV4:  Huntington Transit Station Area, Land Unit I - Plan Amendment 2015-IV-MV4 concerns property generally located south of Huntington Avenue, north of North Kings Highway and west of the Huntington Metro Station in the Mount Vernon Supervisor District. The amendment proposes mixed-use development on Tax Map Parcels 83-1((23)) ALL and 83-1((1))32 to include office, hotel, multifamily residential and ground floor retail uses at an intensity up to 4.0 FAR, and other conditions.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:15 PM.
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM

2016-CW-4CP :  Office Building Repurposing - On October 18, 2016, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Board) authorized Plan Amendment (PA) 2016-CW-4CP to facilitate the repurposing of vacant and/or underutilized office buildings for alternative uses such as residential or institutional uses. The proposed amendment would add new guidance to the Land Use section of the Policy Plan as a new appendix entitled, "Guidelines for Building Repurposing." The new appendix would provide guidance for considering uses other than those envisioned by the current Comprehensive Plan for vacant office buildings in certain mixed-use centers such as Tysons Urban Center and the Merrifield Suburban Area, as well as industrial areas. By adding this policy, repurposing proposals that meet the guidelines set forth in the new appendix could be considered without the need to amend the Comprehensive Plan on a site-by-site basis. The amendment would not preclude the Board's ability to authorize a concurrent plan amendment and rezoning review process, as per county policy.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8:15 PM.  ***Decision only deferred to November 16, 2017***
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM

2016 Fairfax Forward Process Evaluation: The 2016 Fairfax Forward evaluation focuses on whether the new process for amending the Comprehensive Plan, which replaced the Area Plans Review (APR) process, has resulted in a better approach to land use planning in the county. The evaluation recommends modifications to Fairfax Forward to improve the process.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:15 PM.  ***On May 25, 2016 the Planning Commission deferred decision indefinitely.***
Board of Supervisors action item on process changes:  New date to be determined.  

2015-IV-T1:  Newington Road - On July 28, 2015, the Board of Supervisors (Board) authorized the consideration of a Comprehensive Plan amendment for Newington Road in the Springfield Planning District, Mount Vernon Magisterial Supervisor District. The adopted Plan for this area recommends widening Newington Road to 4 lanes, from Loisdale Road to Cinder Bed Road (including improving an existing one-lane underpass under the CSX railroad tracks) and upgrading the existing 2-lane segment, from Cinder Bed Road to Telegraph Road, to meet current safety and design standards. Improvements could include widening existing lanes, reducing curves, adding sidewalks, bicycle facilities, turn lanes, or some combination, where necessary. The existing plan does not include adding lanes to this section of Newington Road. The Board requested that staff consider the removal of all planned transportation improvements, identified in the Comprehensive Plan and policy documents, for the segment of Newington Road located between Cinder Bed Road and Telegraph Road.

Planning Commission public hearing:  Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM.  ***The Planning Commission has deferred this item indefinitely.***
Board of Supervisors public hearing:  This public hearing has been deferred.  New date to be determined.

For More Information

Contact the Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1380, TTY 711, for more information about the planning process.




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