Department of Planning and Development Alert:
The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals has upcoming openings for two members. One seat will become available on February 21, 2024, and the other on June 14, 2024.
Interested candidates must apply by Friday, March 15, 2024, to the Fairfax Circuit Court, which appoints the board’s seven members. Applicants should send their resume to Chief Judge Penney S. Azcarate, Fairfax Circuit Court, by email entitled “Board of Zoning Appeals Application” to email@example.com OR by first-class U.S. mail to Chief Judge Penney Azcarate, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
NOTE: THE APPLICATION SHOULD BE SENT VIA ONLY ONE FORM OF CORRESPONDENCE, WHETHER EMAIL OR U.S. MAIL.
This position will be for a five-year term from the date of appointment. Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are appointed for staggered five-year terms; are compensated at a bi-weekly rate of $357.69; and serve as private citizens, not as County employees. Applicants must be residents of Fairfax County. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply.
For more information, contact Brent Krasner; Zoning Evaluation Division, Department of Planning and Development, at 703-324-1280, TTY 711.
The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) was established pursuant to the provisions of Article 7, Chapter 22, Title 15.2 of the Code of Virginia. The BZA consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Circuit Court for staggered terms of five years. The BZA's powers, duties and procedures are set forth in broad terms in the State Code and are further detailed in the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. Such powers and duties include:
An appeal to the BZA may be taken by any person aggrieved or by any officer, department, board, commission, or authority of the County affected by any decision of the Zoning Administrator or from any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by any other administrative officer in the administration or enforcement of this Ordinance. An appeal that relates to a proffered condition, however, must be taken to the Board as provided for in subsection 8100.2.D(3)(d).
The BZA consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Circuit Court for staggered terms of five years. All members of the BZA are private citizens and must be residents of Fairfax County. They serve only as a Board and not as County employees and, as such, do not have County office space nor are they available by telephone in the County government.
The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals adopts By-laws for its rules and procedures for the transaction of its business for the benefit and convenience of the citizens of Fairfax County.
In accordance with the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance, the applicant or agent, individually and as designee of the staff, shall prepare and mail out legal notices in accordance with these instructions. Failure to accurately comply with the instructions prior to the designated deadline shall be due cause to cancel the hearing and reschedule it at a later date.
The BZA may approve a special permit that complies with all applicable standards, that will be compatible with existing and planned development in the general area, and that, as conditioned, will be compatible with the neighborhood where it is proposed to be located. If it determines that the use is not in accordance with all applicable standards of this Ordinance, the BZA must deny the special permit.
A variance is a request to vary certain requirements of the Zoning Ordinance where, due to special conditions of the property, strict enforcement of the Ordinance would, among other standards, effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict all reasonable use of the property.
In the event of inclement weather, the County Executive may close all county offices or may grant unscheduled leave to county employees. In both cases, all Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) public hearings scheduled for that day shall be canceled and the applications rescheduled for the next available meeting date which can accommodate the hearings and allows sufficient time for re-advertising.
BZA members, county staff and citizens should listen to emergency announcements featured on Fairfax County Cable Channel 16 and provided to area television and radio stations and/or www.fairfaxcounty.gov. Please verify County closings and unscheduled leave from multiple sources, and be sure the announcement is referring to Fairfax County Government, not the school system, court system, or the City of Fairfax Government.