Department of Planning and Development

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Fairfax Center Area Study - About the Study

The Board of Supervisors first 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. In collaboration with community members and stakeholders, the Fairfax Center Area Study provides an opportunity to reassess where the Fairfax Center Area is now and how it will continue to evolve in the next 20-30 years. There are three phases to the study. Phases I & II evaluated the Comprehensive Plan for the area to verify that factual information was current and that recommendations remained consistent with current policy and practice.

Phase I

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.

Phase II

Completed in December 2016, 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 development of a Core Area Vision.

Phase III

Focuses on the Core Area of the Fairfax Center Area, is currently underway. Further information on Phase III can be found on the Project webpage.

Timelines & Milestones

Below are timelines highlighting important milestones in the first two phases of the study. The staff report and adopted text for Phases I and II are available on the Documents and Presentations page.

October 2013 - November 2013

  • Existing Conditions Report published
  • Study Kick-Off Open House held to introduce and solicit public feedback

January 2014 - April 2014

  • District-level Phase I outreach meetings held to solicit public feedback
  • Publication of Community Outreach Reports within each supervisor district to summarize feedback received through public outreach process
  • Follow-up meetings with district working groups or committees to refine potential Plan changes (including editorial updates)

May 2014

  • Impact analysis on proposed Plan changes conducted by staff

June 2014 - July 2014

  • Presentation of impact analysis results to district working groups or committees; working group recommendations made

September 4, 2014

  • Publication of Phase I staff report with final staff recommendations

November 12, 2014 (deferred from October 22, 2014)

  • Planning Commission public hearing

December 2, 2014

  • Board of Supervisors public hearing

December 2014

  • Adopted Text available

April - May 2015

  • Solicitation of ideas for proposed Plan changes through open submission period

June - July 2015

  • Formation of areawide working group to review Area-wide Recommendations and Suburban Center land use guidance
  • Working group educational sessions

September - October 2015

  • Examination of future vision for Fairfax Center Area - How should the vision be revised to make it accurate and forward-thinking for the next 20-30 years?

November 2015 - March 2016

  • Development of land use scenarios and for proposed Plan changes and updated Area-wide Recommendations, informed by submissions
  • Impact analysis of proposed Plan changes

Spring - Summer 2016

  • Final working group recommendations for proposed Plan changes
  • Publication of Phase II staff report with final staff recommendations

Fall 2016

  • Planning Commission public hearing:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
  • Board of Supervisors public hearing:  Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 8:15 p.m.
  • Adopted text available
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