Planning Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-1380
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leanna O'Donnell,
Director

Planning Division

The Planning Division (PD) maintains the County’s Comprehensive Plan and processes all suggested and required amendments to the Plan text and map; evaluates land use and development proposals for conformity with the Comprehensive Plan and measures related environmental, development and public facility impacts; prepares various planning and policy studies which explore development, land use, environmental and public facility issues, and offers recommendations for future direction; and assists in the development of the County’s Capital Improvement Program.

If you need assistance with a question regarding the Comprehensive Plan, including information about Comprehensive Plan amendments, what types of land uses are permitted in a specific location, heritage resources, public facilities, or environmental policy, please contact the Planner of the Day by phone at 703-324-1380 or by email at dpzpd@fairfaxcounty.gov

The Planning Division consists of five branches that perform the duties listed below.

Environment and Development Review

  • Reviews zoning applications for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan
  • Conducts environmental planning
  • Conducts targeted Comprehensive Plan updates and reviews amendments

Heritage Resources and Plan Development

  • Conducts Historic Preservation Planning and provides Architectural Review Board and History Commission support
  • Provides interpretations of the County’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Conducts Comprehensive Plan updates and reviews amendments
  • Conducts Planning studies

Policy and Plan Development

  • Provides interpretations of the County’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Conducts Comprehensive Plan updates and reviews amendments
  • Conducts Planning Studies
  • Provides site specific plan amendment process management

Public Facilities and Plan Development

  • Conducts public facilities planning and review
  • Assists with the Capital Improvements Program
  • Conducts targeted Comprehensive Plan updates and reviews amendments

Monitoring and Plan Development

  • Interprets and assembles data for Land Use and Transportation Studies
  • Prepares county employment forecasts for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and others
  • Conducts trends analyses
  • Assesses Comprehensive Plan development potential
  • Conducts Comprehensive Plan updates and reviews amendments
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