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An interactive map showing the areas in Fairfax County that are eligible for the SSPA is now available.
A nominator may submit only one nomination for the specific land area that he or she proposes for consideration in the SSPA process. This land area may consist of one or many parcels. Nominators should look for a logical planning area, i.e., the land area that could reasonably be planned for the type of use and intensity or density being proposed. The nominator should choose a land area that reflects sound land use planning principles and avoids spot planning (re-planning individual properties in a way that is inconsistent with the surrounding area).
There are limitations on what properties can be proposed for a Comprehensive Plan change. The following criteria describe the types of proposals that cannot be submitted for the SSPA process:
- Land areas that are the subject of any pending land use Plan amendment or special study.
- Land areas that were included in any land use Plan amendment that was adopted since October 3, 2020.
- Changes to the Policy Plan volume of the Comprehensive Plan.
Changes to countywide systems, such as the countywide transportation network, the countywide trails system, the Bicycle Master Plan, parks and public facilities.
The 2022-2023 Countywide SSPA nomination phase will be open from October 3 – 28, 2022. Nominations may be submitted using the SSPA Nomination Form. Paper copies of the form are available upon request from the Department of Planning and Development.