Planning Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leanna O'Donnell,

Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan (the Plan) is required by state law to be used as a guide to decision-making about the natural and built environment by the county’s Board of Supervisors, and others such as the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. It is also a guide for county staff and the public to use in the planning process. The Comprehensive Plan consists of the Policy Plan, four Area Plan volumes, and a Plan Map. The Policy Plan volume includes general countywide policy on land use, transportation, housing, the environment, heritage resources, economic development, and public facilities, including public parks, recreation and trails. The Area Plans contain detailed long-range planning recommendations organized by geographic areas of the county. The Plan recommends how land should be used, but not when development will occur. The Plan Map illustrates the recommended land use, but must be used with the Plan books to fully understand what is planned.

Policy Plan

The Policy Plan outlines the objectives, policies, and guidelines to guide planning and development review considerations toward implementing county goals. The goals address the future development pattern of Fairfax County, and protection of natural and cultural resources for present and future generations.  

Plan Glossary

The glossary contains an alphabetical listing defining terms as they are used in the context of the Comprehensive Plan. 

Plan Maps

Comp Plan Map


Plan Areas

Plan Areas


Plan Districts

planning districts


Special Areas

Special Plan Areas


Comprehensive Plan Announcements

To receive periodic announcements about updates to the Comprehensive Plan, subscribe to the Comprehensive Plan Announcements e-mail list.  (Under the 'Building, Land Use, and Development' topic area, select Comprehensive Plan Announcements).

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