Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Agritourism and Related Changes – Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment

animalsSection 3.2-6400 of the Code of Virginia defines agritourism activity as “any activity carried out on a farm or ranch that allows members of the general public, for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes, to view or enjoy rural activities, including farming, wineries, ranching, historical, cultural, harvest-your-own activities, or natural activities and attractions. An activity is an agritourism activity whether or not the participant paid to participate in the activity.” The Code goes on to address local regulation of agritourism activities in Section 15.2-2288.6 and states that no locality is allowed to regulate agritourism activities unless there is a substantial impact on the health, safety, or general welfare. However, the Code of Virginia does not identify any criteria by which to measure those impacts. Therefore, the Zoning Administrator has had to determine on a case-by-case basis whether such activity has a substantial impact on the health, safety, or general welfare of the public. Setting thresholds in the Zoning Ordinance will provide a predictable and consistent path for future agritourism activities in Fairfax County.

This amendment proposes to explicitly list, and define, agritourism as a permitted accessory use to agriculture while establishing use limitations that address concerns surrounding the health, safety and general welfare of the community. The following activities, and similar uses as determined by the Zoning Administrator, are under consideration to be permitted as an agritourism use in conjunction with an agriculture operation:

Other changes included in this amendment are related to farm worker housing, the Purpose and Intent of the R-A District, and the acreage required to establish agriculture in the R-1 District.

For more information about this proposal, please see the Related Resources below.

Community Outreach

Upcoming Meetings

Board Authorization of Public Hearings
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at TBD
Virtual meeting via Channel 16


Sully District Council of Citizens Associations (SDCCA) & West Fairfax Council of Citizens Association (WFCCA) Joint Meeting
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual meeting via WebEx
For more information, please visit the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations website.

Previous Meetings

Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #1
July 11, 2019
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #2
December 2, 2019
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


zMOD’s Land Use Attorneys Work Group
January 8, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


zMOD’s Citizen Advisory Group
January 9, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #3
January 9, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee
January 17, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Policy Committee
February 4, 2020
Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Clifton Town Hall
February 19, 2020
Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton


South County Federation Land Use Committee
February 25, 2020 
Workhouse Arts Center Building 16, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton


Dranesville Town Hall - CANCELED
March 11, 2020
Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
Note: Canceled by meeting organizers. The PowerPoint presentation that would have been presented at the meeting can be found below under Related Resources.


Mason Neck Citizens Association Meeting - CANCELED
March 24, 2020
Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Rd, Lorton
Note: Canceled by meeting organizers. The PowerPoint presentation that would have been presented at the meeting is the same as the South County Federation Land Use Committee Presentation which can be found under Related Resources.


Sully District Council of Citizens Associations (SDCCA) & West Fairfax Council of Citizens Association (WFCCA) Joint Meeting
July 20, 2020
Virtual meeting via WebEx


Hunter Mill Land Use Committee
July 21, 2020 
Virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams


South County Federation Land Use Committee
July 28, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Great Falls Citizens Association
August 12, 2020 
Virtual Meeting via Zoom


Fairfax Food Council: Urban Agriculture Workgroup
August 17, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Springfield Land Use Committee
September 10, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #4
October 1, 2020
Virtual meeting via GoTo Meeting


Mason Neck Citizens Association Board of Director’s Meeting
December 2, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Planning Commission’s Land Use Process Review Committee
January 14, 2021
Virtual meeting via Channel 16


Board of Supervisor’s Land Use Policy Committee
February 2, 2021
Virtual meeting via Channel 16


zMOD’s Land Use Attorneys Work Group
February 10, 2021
Virtual meeting via GoTo Meeting


zMOD’s Citizen Advisory Group
February 11, 2021
Virtual meeting via GoTo Meeting


Clifton Town Hall
Monday, March 29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual meeting via Channel 16

Related Resources

Presentations

Maps

Strawman Overview

Other

Contact Us

For questions or comments about the Proposed Agritourism Zoning Ordinance Amendment, please contact Sara Morgan at 703-324-1314 or send us an email.

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