Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Regular hours for calls and emails are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. In-person appointments are available on an as-needed basis, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Check Operating Status for more information.

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Barbara Byron,

Projects and Initiatives

The Fairfax County Department of Planning and Development conducts many high-profile projects and studies, as well as proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance. Detailed information for each topic is available by selecting the links below:

Exceptional Design Awards

Sponsored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and administered by the Department of Planning and Development and the Architectural Review Board, the James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards program recognizes achievement in the total design of building and site; and creates an awareness of outstanding planning and design projects among design professions and the general public.

Lorton Visioning Study

The County is undertaking the Lorton Visioning 2040 study to bolster the sense of place within the Lorton community over the next 20 years. The study will identify and analyze existing and future assets and resources within the Lorton area, and evaluate and recommend revisions to the Comprehensive Plan for land use, placemaking, parks and recreational areas, environmental corridors, historic resources, public facilities, multi-modal transportation infrastructure, and other supporting infrastructure that reflects the community’s future vision. 

Parking Reimagined Project

This project, known as Parking Reimagined, aims to evaluate existing parking rates and determine if adjustment of parking rates to meet current demand is appropriate, while also examining County administration of parking regulations. Parking Reimagined will include an in-depth evaluation of off-street parking and loading rates and regulations. The goal of this effort is to modernize parking and loading requirements, creating greater flexibility in the provision of parking for current and future land uses. The initiative will involve an extensive analysis of parking and loading supply and demand factors, as well as local, regional, and, to some extent, national parking and loading trends. 

Reston Comprehensive Plan Study

On Jan. 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved a Board Matter by Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn to initiate a process for additional study and community input on the Comprehensive Plan for Reston. The plan review and community engagement process is expected to take approximately 12 to 18 months.

Semiquincentennial Workgroup

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a seven person Semiquincentennial workgroup led by Gunston Hall including representatives from Visit Fairfax, Mount Vernon Estate, National Museum of the US Army, George Mason University, Fairfax County History Commission, Fairfax County Human Rights Committee, along with associated County history, equity and human rights staff members.  

SSPA Process

The Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process (SSPA) is an opportunity to participate in Fairfax County's land use planning process by submitting proposals (called Nominations) to amend the Area Plan volumes of the Comprehensive Plan (the Plan) and/or the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Map through the Plan Amendment Work Program. The Comprehensive Plan is the guide used by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors to make land use decisions.

Zoning Ordinance Modernization

On March 23, 2021, the Board of Supervisors adopted a new and modernized Zoning Ordinance as a part of the Zoning Ordinance Modernization (zMOD) project. This new Ordinance, which replaces the previous 1978 Ordinance, is easier to read and understand and includes more tables, graphics, and hyperlinks. 

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