Resilient Fairfax

Resilient Fairfax encompasses the development of a comprehensive Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan for the county and the community as well as the implementation of strategies to reduce risk to county residents, businesses, and infrastructure. On this page you will find information about the planning process and goals of the plan, the work of the Community Advisory Group and Infrastructure Advisory Group, and ways to become involved.

THE ELEMENTS OF A CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE PLAN

Several major technical reports comprise the Resilient Fairfax Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan. Below you will find information about each piece of the plan and links to view or download the individual elements. You'll also find a link to the full draft plan that was made available for public comment from May 16 to June 15, 2022.

Draft Full Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan

The full draft of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan was made available to the public for comment from May 16 to June 15, 2022. The public comment period has closed but the plan is still available to view online.

Climate Projections Report

Published on February 10, 2022, the Resilient Fairfax Climate Projections Report helps address the question "what will our climate look like in the future?" and also, "what climate hazards are we already facing?"

The report examines six climate-related hazards: extreme heat, heavy precipitation and inland flooding, severe storm and wind events, coastal flooding, drought, and extreme cold. The Climate Projections Report is complemented by a study completed by the NASA DEVELOP National Program on the urban heat island effect within Fairfax County.

Audit of Existing Policies, Plans, and Programs

An Audit of Existing Policies, Plans, and Programs helps address the question "How is the county government currently doing in terms of resilience?" The Audit finds that Fairfax County is active and engaged across all sectors relevant to climate resilience. Fairfax County has numerous areas of strength and important fundamental policies and programs upon which to build.

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

To address the question "Where are we vulnerable?" the Resilient Fairfax team produced a comprehensive Vulnerability and Risk Assessment. This document carefully considers all of the various climate hazards and how susceptible our community is to them.

Interactive Map Viewer

The Resilient Fairfax Interactive Map tool is intended to help community members visualize locations in the county that may be more vulnerable to climate change-related hazards. The map includes both hazard data (for hazards where mapping is feasible), and assets that could be vulnerable to climate hazards. While this tool is not a part of the formal Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan, it complements the plan and can help to enhance your understanding of the plan's findings and recommendations.

WHO DEVELOPED THE PLAN?

Dozens of individuals contributed to the development of the Resilient Fairfax Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan. Information about the primary contributors to the plan is available in summary below and in detail at the links provided.

Planning Team

The Resilient Fairfax Planning Team is composed of 20 county departments and agencies. The Planning Team meets regularly to guide the Resilient Fairfax process and to provide feedback on deliverables. A full list of participating departments and agencies can be found via the link below.

Community Advisory Group

The Resilient Fairfax Community Advisory Group, or CAG, includes representatives from each of the county’s nine magisterial districts, individuals from boards, authorities, and commissions, and representatives from the environmental, religious, nonprofit, civil rights, residential and business communities. The CAG will review and provide input on key deliverables throughout the planning process, such as an assessment of climate risks and vulnerabilities and climate adaptation and resilience strategies.

Infrastructure Advisory Group

The Resilient Fairfax Infrastructure Advisory Group, or IAG, consists of representatives from relevant county agencies and regional authorities, state agencies, federal agencies, utilities, telecommunication companies, the development community, and entities providing other critical services to Fairfax County residents.

WHAT ROLE DOES THE PUBLIC PLAY?

Throughout the Resilient Fairfax planning process, members of the Fairfax County community have contributed by attending public meetings, responding to a public survey, and sharing thoughts and ideas with the planning team via email. The Resilient Fairfax team also provided numerous presentations to neighborhood groups and community organizations as requested, reaching dozens if not hundreds of county residents and stakeholders.

Additionally, from May 16 through June 15, 2022, the community had an opportunity to offer input on the full draft plan during a formal public comment period. The comments collected during this time frame will be processed by the Resilient Fairfax team and the plan will be updated to reflect public input as appropriate. The full plan will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for their acceptance in the fall of 2022.

You can access meeting materials for each of the Resilient Fairfax public meetings as well as a summary report of the public survey results using the dropdowns below.

June 15, 2021 Resilient Fairfax Virtual Public Meeting

The Resilient Fairfax team hosted a virtual public meeting on June 15, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This meeting allowed for input from members of the public on existing climate change vulnerabilities and risks and helped inform the development of the county’s first Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan.

Please click here to view the agenda.

Please click here to view the slides presented at this meeting.

Please click here to view the minutes of this meeting.

Please click here to view a video recording of the meeting.

October 14, 2021 Resilient Fairfax Virtual Public Meeting

The Resilient Fairfax team held a virtual public meeting on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM via Zoom. This meeting allowed staff to gather public feedback on the county's anticipated climate change vulnerabilities. Attendees were asked to provide input on strategies they would like to see adapted to their communities. Staff shared the results of a recently completed climate projections report and the findings of a vulnerability and risk assessment for the county.

Please click here to view the meeting agenda.

Please click here to view the slide deck presented during this public meeting.

Please click here to view a video recording of the meeting.

Please click here to view the meeting minutes/summary.

Please click here to view a transcript of the Zoom chat.

February 1, 2022 Resilient Fairfax Virtual Public Meeting

On February 1, 2022 the Resilient Fairfax team convened a virtual public meeting to share information about proposed strategies to address climate adaptation and resilience and to gather feedback from the public.

Please click here to view or download the slides shared at the meeting.

Please click here to view a video recording of the meeting.

Please click here to view or download the meeting minutes.

May 24, 2022 Resilient Fairfax Virtual Public Meeting

On May 24, 2022, the Resilient Fairfax team held a virtual public meeting to provide Fairfax County residents and others interested in the planning process an overview of the full draft plan, which is open for comment until June 15, 2022. The meeting covered the various elements of the plan and offered participants an opportunity to ask questions of team members and subject matter experts.

To view or download the meeting agenda, please click here.

To view or download the meeting minutes, please click here.

To view or download the meeting presentation, please click here.

Resilient Fairfax Public Survey

To help inform the development of the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, the Resilient Fairfax team issued an online public survey from June 8 to July 2, 2021. The results of the survey helped the team better understand the community's climate concerns and vulnerabilities. You can view a summary of the survey results at the link below.

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