Planning Division

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Kelly Atkinson

Non-Telecommunication Facilities - 2232 Review

Public facilities are the facilities required to support the services and functions provided by the county government or public utility companies. Such facilities are essential to support the community and its development and to enhance the overall quality of life.

Public facilities include (but are not limited to) the following elements:

  • Education - public schools and higher education
  • Libraries
  • Public Safety Services - police, fire and rescue, sheriff, courts, animal control
  • Health & Human Services
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Utilities and Services - water supply, sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage systems and stormwater management, vehicle maintenance facilities, gas, electric, telephone, and communications

Some facilities are generally not reviewed under the 2232 process. (See the list of exempt facilities).

2232 Review

The term 2232 Review derives from the Code of Virginia Section 15.2-2232. Fairfax County's 2232 review process determines the compatibility of proposed public facilities with the locational guidelines established in the Comprehensive Plan. Specifically, this process determines if the general or approximate location, character, and extent are in substantial accord with the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. Enlargements, changes of use, and other changes to public areas may also be subject to 2232 review process.

Additional Information

  • There is no fee for submitting a Non-Telecommunication 2232 application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed. The applicant will be notified of any deficiencies. Any revisions to the application that require replacement of pages or plans is the responsibility of the applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to replace or revise individual pages or plans or applications.

Required Documents

An application may require the following documents:

Property Identification Map: At a scale of 1” = 500’ identify the proposed site for the facility with the subject property centered and highlighted on a Fairfax County Tax Map. Records are available online at Fairfax County's Real Estate Assessment site. 

Proposed Facility / Site Plan: Scale of 1”= not more than 50’. Include in the facility/site plan the following information as relevant to the proposal:

  1. Scale and north arrow.
  2. Subject and adjoining property boundaries.
  3. Public right(s)-of-way and names.
  4. Locations, dimensions, and maximum heights of all existing and proposed structures and equipment.
  5. Distance of proposed structures and equipment to all lot lines.
  6. When located in a utility easement or road right-of-way, distance of structures and equipment to all utility easement lines or road right-of-way lines.
  7. Delineation of any floodplain designated by the Federal Insurance Administration, United States Geological Survey, or Fairfax County, and delineation of any Resource Protection Area.
  8. Building size or land area of new facility or use (acres or square feet).
  9. Area of existing facility or use to be enlarged or renovated (acres or square feet).
  10. Area of proposed enlargement or renovation (acres or square feet).
  11. Any features of the proposed use such as fencing, screening and landscaping, and existing topography with a maximum contour interval of five (5) feet.
  12. Existing vegetation, proposed limits of clearing, and proposed landscaping and screening as required by the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance.
  13. Details of screening for the use showing type of screening material, dimensions and placement; if landscaping is provided, list the height of the landscaping at time of planting and the ultimate height.

Photographs of Site: Photographs of the existing structure, building, and site as applicable.

Statement of Justification: Please provide a Statement of Justification that addresses items A through E below:

    1. Project description
    2. Area to be served by proposed use
    3. Maintenance requirements and frequency
    1. Why the new or expanded facility is needed
    2. Why the proposed location is the best location for the proposed use
    3. Why the proposed location and type of facility is the least disruptive alternative
    1. Visual
    2. Noise and light
    3. Air and water quality
    4. Environmental
    5. Transportation (including trip generation)
    6. Mitigation Measures as applicable for 1 through 5
    1. Comprehensive Plan policies and guidelines that directly support the proposal
    2. Relevant standards/criteria supporting the facility and location
    1. Other properties
    2. Other locations on the subject property
    3. Reasons for rejecting each alternative location

Contact Us

For additional assistance, please contact the Planning Division of the Department of Planning and Development by phone at 703-324-1380 or by email.

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