Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments

Authorized for Public Hearing

The following proposed amendments to the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance are scheduled to be authorized or have been authorized for advertisement of public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Please note that hearing dates and times may be subject to change.

For the convenience of the public, copies of the Staff Reports for the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments are available for review below. Click on an amendment to expand for more information. Some attachments to the Staff Reports may not be available in electronic format. If you are interested in viewing these documents, please contact the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314.

County Code Amendments for Consistency with New Chapter 112.1

On March 23, 2021, the Board of Supervisors adopted a new and modernized Zoning Ordinance that took effect on July 1, 2021. The proposed amendment will update various chapters of the County Code to reflect the new Zoning Ordinance as Chapter 112.1. In so doing, references to Chapter 112 will change to Chapter 112.1 and references to sections in the previous zoning ordinance will be updated.

PC Public Hearing: Wednesday, December 8, 2022 

BOS Public Hearing: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.


Staff Report

Under Consideration

The following topic areas are actively being researched and evaluated by staff to develop a proposal for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance.  These potential amendments have not been formally authorized by the Board of Supervisors for public hearing at this time.  

Contractor’s Office and Shop and Construction Vehicles

This amendment will review the provisions for Contractor’s Office and Shop, including the permissions and use-specific standards. Additionally, the amendment will develop a definition for construction vehicle.

For additional information, please visit the Contractor’s Office and Shop and Construction Vehicles – Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment webpage.

Landscaping and Screening

The amendment will include a comprehensive review of the landscaping and screening provisions in Section 5108 of the Zoning Ordinance. 

For additional information, please visit Landscaping and Screening – Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment webpage.

Outdoor Lighting around Turner Farm Park Observatory

The amendment will review additional standards for outdoor lighting within one-half mile of Turner Farm Observatory Park in order to protect the dark skies around the observatory. Please review the preliminary concepts document for an overview of this Zoning Ordinance amendment topic, the timeline, and potential options for consideration.

For additional information, contact Carmen Bishop at carmen.bishop@fairfaxcounty.gov

Related Resources

GFCA Dark Sky Preserve Town Hall Meeting Video (3/24/2022)

GFCA Dark Sky Preserve Town Hall Meeting Video (9/19/2022)

Parking Reimagined

Staff from the Department of Planning and Development and Land Development Services are embarking on an initiative to review Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance which regulates off-street parking and loading. 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.

For additional information, please visit the Parking Reimagined project webpage.

Sign Regulations Part II

This amendment will review sign regulations, including the comprehensive sign plan process, signage calculations for mixed-use and multifamily buildings, subdivision signs, and signage related to properties for sale or undergoing construction. 

For additional information, please visit the Sign Regulations Part II – Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment webpage.

Recently Adopted Amendments

For amendments that have been recently adopted to the current Zoning Ordinance, please visit the Recently Adopted Amendments webpage.

Additional Information

Zoning Ordinance Announcements

To receive periodic announcements about proposed and adopted Zoning Ordinance amendments and other zoning administration topics, subscribe to the Zoning Ordinance Information and Amendments e-mail listserv.  (Follow the link below and under the Building, Land Use, and Development topic area, select Zoning Ordinance Information and Amendments).

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