The Board of Supervisors adopted guidance for the Fairfax Center Area in the county's Comprehensive Plan in 1982, establishing a vision for the area. Since the plan's adoption, the area has evolved from greenfields into a community of neighborhoods, retail, and employment. The Fairfax Center Area Study provides an opportunity to assess where the Fairfax Center Area is now and how it will continue to evolve in the next 20-30 years
The Fairfax Center Area Study Phases I & II evaluated the Comprehensive Plan for the area to verify that factual information is current and that recommendations remain consistent with current policy and practice. There are two main phases to the study. The phases involved collaboration with community members and other stakeholders. The first phase, completed in December 2014, examined the peripheral edges of the study area, designated as Low Density Residential Areas and Suburban Neighborhoods on the Concept for Future Development. The staff report and adopted text for Phase I are available on the Documents page.
Phase II, which began in 2015, evaluated the central portion of the study area, designated as the Suburban Center on the Concept for Future Development. Staff worked with an areawide working group to gather input and discuss proposed Plan changes. The study included editorial updates, an evaluation of land use recommendations for certain portions of the study area, and other additional changes. Below is a timeline highlighting important milestones in the study.