Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

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 in portable document format (PDF) below.  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.

Dam Break Inundation Zones


The proposed amendment: (1) Adds safety and protection from impounding structure failure as a purpose of the Zoning Ordinance; (2) Requires that developments in dam break inundation zones of state-regulated impounding structures that are mapped and on file with the county be identified on site plans and plans for various types of zoning applications; (3) Requires that the county send copies of site plans to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for review and a determination of whether the proposed development will change the hazard classification of the impounding structure; (4) Requires that, if the hazard classification increases, the developer must either redesign the development to avoid the increase in classification, or prepare an engineering study and a cost estimate for any necessary upgrades to the impounding structure and pay ½ the cost of the upgrades into a state administered fund; and (5) Following completion of the development, the developer must provide the dam owner and the County with the information necessary for the dam owner to update the dam break inundation zone map to reflect any new development within the dam break inundation zone.

Associated amendments to the Subdivision Ordinance and Public Facilities Manual are being processed concurrently with this amendment.
PC Public Hearing July 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
BOS Public Hearing September 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Related Documents 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.  

Topic Description Category

Planned Development Housing (PDH) Districts

These districts created in the 1980s were intended for larger housing subdivisions in greenfields. In recent years, however, this zoning category has been used for smaller, infill developments.  Among other things, this has created long-term issues for homeowners when restrictions are placed on how they can use their yards and maintenance issues when a limited number of homes can include the responsibility to own and maintain features like retaining walls, athletic facilities and roads. zMOD
Outdoor Lighting The Zoning Ordinance performance standards for outdoor lighting were adopted in 2003 and require, in most instances, full cut-off lighting to reduce glare and over-lighting. Based on concerns identified since then, the Zoning Ordinance Work Program recommends consideration of revisions pertaining to security lighting, outdoor sports facilities, single family residential lighting exemptions, and Architectural Review Board review of sports illumination plans in Historic Overlay districts. The review should also include construction site lighting and issues related to the increased use of LED lights, particularly “color temperature.” ZOAWP

zMOD - Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project

ZOAWP - Zoning Ordinance Amendment Work Program


Recently Adopted Amendments

For Zoning Ordinance amendments that have been adopted since the publication of the Zoning Ordinance Reprint dated June, 2017, visit the Recently Adopted Amendments page.

Zoning Ordinance Announcements

To receive periodic announcements about proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, subscribe to the Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments e-mail service.  (Under the Land Use & Development topic area, select Zoning Ordinance Amendments - Proposed).