Land Development Services

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703-222-0801 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035
Bill Hicks
Director
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Land Development Services ensures that all development in Fairfax County meets the safety and health standards of all applicable codes such as the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building and county ordinances. We value our partnership with the public and the building industry.

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News and Information from Land Development Services...


March 1, 2024
County staff continue to implement additional improvements to the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) to serve you better. Check out these new PLUS fixes for Land Development Services (LDS) customers.   PLUS Enhancement LDS Customer Benefit Updates to Building Updated the Plan Room to remove a misleading document type. Updated the plan room to remove the “plan cover sheet” document type to prevent confusion when naming required files appropriately. The required document is now identified as the Fairfax Cover Sheet. Added the 2021 Virginia code references. Updated PLUS to include the newly adopted 2021 Virginia Construction Code. Updated the building home screen in Accela Citizen Access (ACA). Updated the historical records link and associated description to provide more detail for customers looking to find historical information for a particular address or project. Update to non-Plan Room records. In ACA, customers were able to upload documents to finalized records. This update prevents uploading of documents on records that have a final inspection and are no longer considered active. Updates to Site Update ACA application intake to allow customers to submit without payment. All site records now allow applicants to upload plans and submit the application before payment is made. Fees will be invoiced by staff at intake and payment will still be required before plan distribution. This helps ensure the proper record type is selected and appropriate submission fees are charged accordingly. It also allows the applicant to seamlessly coordinate online PLUS payment with other parties, when needed. Create new status and generate email on minor plans ready for logout.   Staff are now able set the record status to Pending Customer when minor site-related plans (minor site plans, infill lot grading plans, conservation plans and residential rough grading plans) have achieved technical approval, but additional conditions are outstanding such as the conservation agreement, pro rata share agreement and VDOT permit. Once updated, the system will generate an automated email to the applicant letting them know additional action is required and list any outstanding conditions and/or fees.    Designated Plans Examiner (DPE) outside agency review defect corrected. DPE outside agency reviews that have been approved in prior submissions will no longer activate, creating a cleaner workflow for staff to navigate. Update parking reduction/adjustment record.  Updated the parking reduction/adjustment application in PLUS to align with changes to the Zoning Ordinance that took effect on January 1, 2024.     We welcome your feedback on future PLUS enhancements. If you have ideas to improve the system, please take a moment to enter them here: LDS Customer PLUS Feedback Form.  
March 1, 2024
Land Development Services (LDS) recently introduced a new phone tree system. This new phone tree system enhances the customer service experience for anyone calling LDS for assistance. Phone tree options changed from our previous phone tree system to enhance efficiency. See the below graphic for a list of the current calling options. If you are unsure which option is right for you, press 1 and then press 2 and the staff of the customer experience team will help guide you to the appropriate staff member.  
February 28, 2024
When a land development project is initiated in Fairfax County, improvements to the public infrastructure, such as streets, sidewalks, utilities and other bondable items, may be required. Learn more about Bonds and Agreements. The 2024 Unit Price Schedule (UPS) will go into effect on March 1, 2024. This formulaic change reflects a 2.6% increase linked to inflation as published in the Engineering News-Record 2024 Construction Cost Index (published in January 2024). Affected submittals include the following: New bond requests. Replacement bond requests.  Bond extension requests. Bond reduction requests. New conservation deposit requests. Replacement conservation deposit requests.  Future construction deposit requests. In the case of development agreement extension and replacement requests, if the estimated value using the 2024 UPS exceeds the existing posted amount, the county will require supplemental security before approval of the request. As noted above, all bond reductions must be calculated using the 2024 UPS. The 2024 UPS will be available at the Forms & Publications Library on March 1, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Wolfe in the Bonds and Agreements Center at 703-324-1519, TTY 711.  
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