The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance was adopted to protect our local streams and one of the world's most productive estuaries, the Chesapeake Bay, from pollution due to land use and development. All of Fairfax County drains into the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. In an effort to protect and improve the quality of these waterways, sensitive areas along streams throughout Fairfax County have been designated as Resource Protection Areas.
- Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act
- Adopted Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Map (via Digital Map Viewer)
- Interactive Resource Protection Area Map
- Designation of Resource Protection Areas | FAQs
- Perennial Stream Mapping Project
- Understanding the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Amendments
- Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Waiver/Exemption/Exception Request Form
- Exception for Public Hearing (Resource Protection Area)
- Exception Request Form & Water Quality Impact Assessment (Minor Addition)
- Removal of Vegetation in a Resource Protection Area Application
Ordinance and Policy
- Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance
- Public Facilities Manual (refer to PFM 6-1700, Policy on Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas)
- Board Policy for treatment of approved and pending development plans affected by ordinance and map amendments (The following items are currently in effect.)
For more information, contact the Site Development and Inspection Division at 703-324-1720, TTY 711 or via email. Ask to speak with a stormwater review engineer.