Planning Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leanna O'Donnell,

2019 - 2020 South County SSPA Process

The SSPA Task Force process has concluded. The SSPA Staff Report, including staff and Task Force recommendations, can be found on the Track a Nomination page. The Planning Commission hearings are scheduled for November 18, 2020 and November 19, 2020 starting at 7:30PM. The mark-up of the Work Program is scheduled for December 2, 2020. Those wishing to speak at the Planning Commission may sign up on the Planning Commission Speaker's List Sign-Up. Alternatively, If you would like to testify as a part of this public hearing, call 703-324-1020. Spanish translation available. 



Fairfax County has gathered public input on proposals to change the Comprehensive Plan for 22 sites in southern Fairfax County, including residential, office, retail, and mixed use properties near places like downtown Annandale, the Huntington and Franconia-Springfield Metro Stations and Richmond Highway.

These proposals, called nominations, were submitted and being reviewed through the county's South County Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process - or SSPA for short. This process allows anyone to nominate site-specific land use changes to the Comprehensive Plan, the guiding document for land use and development decisions in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County wants input from people who live, work, recreate, or otherwise use the sites, to help district task forces to review these proposed land use changes to determine if they should be added to the county's Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program and further analyzed for their impacts and benefits. The task forces, which are made up of residents, business owners, and other members of the community, met from July through September 2020 and made recommendations on the nomination to the Fairfax County Planning Commission

In a series of public meetings, which were held virtually via the WebEx conference platform. The task force meetings have been recorded and are published online. Visit the Track a Nomination page for the meeting schedule and details on how to access or request a training on the WebEx platform.

Overview of the 2019 - 2020 SSPA Process


View the entire SSPA Process Video Playlist on the Fairfax County Government YouTube channel.

2019-2020 South County SSPA Screening Timeline

Open Nomination Period - September to December 2019

Nominations for potential Plan amendments may be submitted to the Planning Commission office.

Community Screening Phase - January 2020 - January 2021* (Extended due to COVID-19)

A high-level review of each nomination will take place with community task forces that are appointed by each district supervisor.

Planning Commission Public Hearing - November 18 - 19, 2020

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review the recommendations made by the community task forces and staff, and recommend which Plan amendment nominations should be added to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program. 

Board of Supervisors Action Item - January 2021

The Planning Commission recommendation on the revised Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program will be presented to the Board of Supervisors as an Action Item, and the Board of Supervisors will take action to adopt a revised Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program.

Related Resources

2019 - 2020 South County SSPA Process Presentation

Guide to the 2019-2020 South County Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process

Stay Informed

The Fairfax County Land Use Planning Facebook page will provide timely announcements about the SSPA process, as well as announcements related to the Comprehensive Plan, Plan Amendments, special studies and other planning activity.

Subscribe to the Comprehensive Plan Announcements email service under the "Land Use & Development" heading. This listserv will provide timely announcements about the SSPA process, as well as announcements related to the Comprehensive Plan, plan amendments, special studies and other planning related activity.

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