Housing and Community Development - Public Affairs

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3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Allyson Pearce
Manager, Marketing and Community Outreach

Community Input Sought on Amendments to the County’s Citizen Participation Plan

Citizen ParticipationEach year, Fairfax County applies for federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support housing, community development to help meet the critical needs of our vulnerable neighbors across the county. Community engagement is a critical and mandatory part of the process ensuring the effective use of these funds in meeting the most critical housing, human services, and community development priorities that exist in Fairfax County. The Citizen Participation Plan establishes the guidelines, policies, and procedures for community engagement in every phase of the HUD-required Consolidated Planning process – planning, action and reporting.

Following a recent amendment related to the COVID-19 pandemic, County staff has undertaken a comprehensive review of the plan and has proposed changes – as summarized below:

  • Clarifies the definitions of “minor” and “substantial” amendments to the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Acton Plans (“Plans”)
  • Adds a list of locations in which public notices shall be advertised by the County for proposed Plans
  • Adds new Appendix table summarizing the public participation requirements applicable to each Consolidated Planning document
  • Reorganizes document sections, and condenses lengthy paragraphs or reoccurring text to improve readability

Review the Citizen Participation Plan

Current Version
Proposed Version



Fairfax County is opening a period of public comment – beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 and running through 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 – to review and provide feedback on amending the Fairfax County Citizen Participation Plan. You may submit comments in any of the following ways:

First Name:
Last Name:
Affiliation/Organization (if applicable):
Zip Code:

Comments on the Citizen Participation Plan(Please reference the section or pages of the Plan your comments refer to, where possible.)

E-mail Address:


All responses must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Submit comments by email to Jenny.Hsu@fairfaxcounty.gov

Comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

You may submit your comments through the mail or hand-deliver* your comments in written form to:

Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
Attn: Jenny Hsu
3700 Pender Drive
Suite 300
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-6039

All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

*If you intend to hand-deliver your comments, please deposit them in the grey drop box to the right of the building entrance.


If you have any questions about specific areas of the Citizen Participation Plan, please contact Jenny.Hsu@fairfaxcounty.gov

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