Planning Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leanna O'Donnell,

2019 - 2020 South County SSPA Process




An evaluation of the Site-Specific Plan Amendment process is taking place from Fall 2021 to Spring 2022 that will consider the current process and identify potential improvements. Public outreach on potential changes began in October 2021, and included interviews with key planning stakeholders, meetings with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, and a public survey on the community’s preferences for long range planning activities. Overall survey results along with results from specific stakeholder groups are available for review. 

SSPA Retrospective Community Survey - All Responses

SSPA Retrospective Community Survey - Stakeholder Group Results

View the Recommendations

A working group of two members of the Planning Commission and two members of the Board met in February-March 2022 to develop recommendations for changes, the results of which are available for review. 

The recommendations of the working group will be presented to the Planning Commission’s Land Use Process Review Committee on May 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m., following which the Planning Commission will provide a recommendation on the proposed changes at their meeting on June 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The Board of Supervisors Land Use Policy Committee will discuss the recommendations on June 14, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium of the Fairfax County Government Center. Board action on the proposed changes is anticipated on June 28, 2022. The meetings may be viewed live on Channel 16 and online. Live audio of the meeting may be accessed at 703-324-5300.  

SSPA Retrospective - Preliminary Recommendations for Changes to the Process

SSPA Retrospective - Preliminary Recommendations Presentation

SSPA Retrospective - Summary of Community Feedback

Community Open Houses

A series of four virtual open houses were held in May 2022 to review the recommendations, answer questions, and provide the public with the opportunity to comment. Video recordings of the Open House meetings are available below.

SSPA Retrospective Open House 1 - Saturday, May 7, 2022

SSPA Retrospective Open House 2 - Wednesday, May 11, 2022

SSPA Retrospective Open House 3 - Wednesday, May 11, 2022

SSPA Retrospective Open House 4 - Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fairfax County has gathered public input on proposals to change the Comprehensive Plan for 23 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 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 nominations to the Fairfax County Planning Commission

Overview of the 2019 - 2020 SSPA Process


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

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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