Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Recently Adopted Zoning Ordinance Amendments

The following Zoning Ordinance amendments have been adopted since the publication of the Zoning Ordinance Reprint dated June, 2017

ZO-19-482 - Editorial and Minor Revisions to Articles 2, 7, 10, 16, 17, 18 and 19

Adopted 6-25-2019
Effective 6-26-2019
Change The amendment addresses several unrelated provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, including one item currently on the 2018 Zoning Ordinance Amendment Work Program related to garage and yard sales as an accessory use, as well as several new items that were identified after the adoption of the 2018 Work Program. These new items include changing references related to the Department of Planning and Zoning name change throughout the Zoning Ordinance, clarifying that solar collection systems are a permitted accessory use, revising the provisions related to the ability of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to reconsider its decisions, and adding clarifying language related to searches, inspections, and permit revocations.
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ZO-19-481 - Community Gardens, Farmers markets, Gardening as an Accessory use and Related Changes

Adopted 6-25-2019
Effective 6-26-2019
Change

Includes changes that add a new community garden use to the Zoning Ordinance as a temporary special permit use with appropriate use standards, define a farmers market and modify the existing use standards, clarify and expand the location regulations for gardening and composting as an accessory use, expand the definition and associated provisions for open space to include community gardens, and make other editorial and clarifying changes.

For more information visit the Community Gardens, Farmers Markets, Gardening as an Accessory Use and Related Changes – Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment webpage

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ZO-19-480 - Wireless Telecommunication Infrastructure

Adopted 4-9-2019
Effective 4-10-2019
Change

The amendment implements the wireless telecommunication infrastructure legislation adopted by the 2018 Virginia General Assembly and the Declaratory Ruling and Order adopted by the Federal Communications Commission on September 26, 2018. 

For more information visit the Wireless Telecommunications Infrastructure Amendment web page.

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ZO-19-479 - Article 12, Signs and Related Provisions

Adopted 3-19-2019
Effective 3-20-2019
Change

Repeals and replaces Article 12, Signs, to include: (1) a rewrite of all provisions in a content-neutral manner, to include new provisions for the regulation of minor (temporary) signs and the prohibition of off-site signs; (2) reorganization of all provisions in a more user-friendly format to include graphics and a new section of defined terms; (3) establishment of new regulations for electronic display signs; and (4) establishment of more uniform regulation of signs in all zoning districts.  In addition, related sign provisions found throughout the Zoning Ordinance have been amended accordingly.

For more information, visit the Fairfax County Sign Ordinance web page.

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ZO-19-478 - Delineation of Buildable Area on Plans

Adopted 1-22-2019
Effective 1-23-2019
Change Requires the delineation of the buildable areas for each lot on site plans as required by 9VAC25-190(a)(5) of the Regulations. 
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03-19-108.1 - Minor Revisions to the Noise Ordinance 

Adopted 1-22-2019
Effective 1-23-2019
Change Allows Police Departments to enforce the Noise Ordinance through the use of civil penalties, and allows staff to revoke noise waivers as a result of non-compliance with noise waiver conditions.
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ZO-19-477 - Commonly Accepted Pets

Adopted 1-22-2019
Effective 1-23-2019
Change Includes hedgehogs, chinchillas, and hermit crabs under the definition of “Commonly Accepted Pets.” Also changed the age of domestic fowl counted towards the bird unit count from 6 months to 2 months.
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ZO-18-476 - Editorial and Minor Revisions

Adopted 12-4-2018
Effective 12-5-2018
Change

Corrects a number of inconsistencies and errors that resulted from the adoption of previous Zoning Ordinance amendments, makes other minor revisions that clarify existing provisions and clarifies the intent of the provisions. (Topics include permitted extensions, dogs, roosters, accessory outdoor storage and display, temporary mobile and land based telecommunications testing facilities, home child care facility/child care centers for occasional care/child care center and nursery school, temporary special permit cash escrow, parking for private and fraternal clubs, enforcement of Zoning Ordinance, Planning Commission membership criteria, criminal violations and penalties, and definition of gross floor area.) 

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ZO-18-475 - Small-Scale Production Establishments

Adopted 12-4-2018
Effective 12-5-2018
Change Adds a new use for small-scale production establishments to be permitted in certain commercial, planned and industrial districts, subject to use limitations.
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ZO-18-474 - Continuing Care Facilities, Adult Day Care Centers and Related Provisions

Adopted 12-4-2018
Effective 12-5-2018
Change Adds new uses for continuing care facilities and adult day care centers and creates the new Planned Continuing Care Facilities District, or PCC.  The amendment also makes changes to the independent living facility, medical care facility, assisted living facility and other uses related to accommodations and care of older adults and persons with a disability.
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ZO-18-473 - Short-Term Lodging (Residential Owner/Renter Operated Dwellings Only)

Adopted 7-31-2018
Effective 10-1-2018
Change

Establishes provisions to allow short-term lodging as accessory to the primary occupancy of a dwelling unit, subject to issuance of a Short-Term Lodging Permit and limits on the number of nights, number of renters, parking availability and other limits and requirements; modified the definitions of Dwelling, Dwelling, Mobile Home and added the definitions for Transient Occupancy and Short-Term Lodging; modified the application fee for a Bed and Breakfast to $8180.

For more information, visit the Short-Term Lodging web page.

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ZO-18-472 - Minimum Required Rear Yard Coverage Limitations for Single Family Detached Dwellings

Adopted 6-5-2018
Effective 6-6-2018
Change Amend the existing provisions of the Zoning Ordinance to increase the permitted percentage of coverage within the required minimum rear yard for Planned District lots containing single family detached dwellings. Creates a Special Permit application for residential lots containing single family detached dwellings to increase rear yard coverage up to 60 percent. Clarifies how coverage is calculated and includes the addition of four illustrations. Removes the 100-square-foot limitation on child’s playhouses.
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ZO-18-471 - Uses Exempt from Site Plan Requirements

Adopted 3-6-2018
Effective 3-7-2018
Change Clarifies the uses that are exempt from the site plan requirements; increases the amount of gross floor area and land disturbing activity for certain uses that are exempt from the site plan requirements; and clarifies that the land disturbance area is the same as defined in the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance [Chapter 104 of the County Code].
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ZO-18-470 - Parking Requirements and Reductions

Adopted 2-20-2018
Effective 2-21-2018
Change Eliminates the need for some parking reductions, provides for administrative approval of some parking reductions previously requiring Board of Supervisors’ (Board) approval, and provides for Board approval of parking reductions ineligible for consideration under the previous parking reduction provisions.
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ZO-18-469 - Restaurants

Adopted 1-23-2018
Effective 1-24-2018
Change Amends the existing provisions of the Zoning Ordinance to classify restaurant establishments as either a restaurant, restaurant with drive-through, or a carryout restaurant. Deletes the definitions for eating establishment and fast food restaurant, and the use limitations for fast food restaurants. Revises the parking requirements based on square footage of gross floor area.
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ZO-17-468 - Minor Modifications to Approved Zonings and Other Related Changes

Adopted 11-21-2017
Effective 11-22-2017
Change Amends the existing provisions of the Zoning Ordinance to allow additional "Minor Modifications" to rezoning's, special exceptions and special permits to be approved by the Zoning Administrator, and to allow Minor Variations to proffered conditions to be approved by the Board of Supervisors without a public hearing.  Reorganizes the existing text for the Initiation of Amendments, Submission Requirements and Generalized Development Plan Regulations, revises the definition of Gross Floor Area and establishes a fee for Minor Variations.
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ZO-17-467 - Planned Residential Mixed Use District (PRM) - Use Limitations for Submission of Final Development Plan

Adopted 7-11-2017
Effective 7-12-2017
Change Encourages, but does not require, the concurrent filing of a Final Development Plan with the Conceptual Development Plan for a rezoning to the PRM District.
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ZO-17-466 - Reorganization of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services

Adopted 7-11-2017
Effective 7-12-2017
Change The amendment recognizes the reorganization of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services to create a new Land Development Services department.  
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ZO-17-465 - Small Cell Facilities

Adopted 6-20-2017
Effective 7-1-2017
Change As allowed by Senate Bill 1282 which was adopted by the 2017 Virginia General Assembly, the amendment requires Zoning Administrator approval of a zoning permit for the installation of a small cell facility by a wireless services provider or wireless services infrastructure provider on an existing structure subject to certain limitations and an application filing fee.  
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ZO-17-464 - Public Facilities and Modifications to Existing Wireless Towers or Base Stations

Adopted 6-20-2017
Effective 7-1-2017
Change Adds new sections addressing the review of public facilities under § 15.2-2232 of the Code of Virginia and modifications to existing wireless towers and base stations under Sect. 6409 of the Spectrum Act (47 U.S.C. § 1455).  The proposed amendment also establishes an application fee requirement to cover the costs associated with these types of reviews.
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ZO-17-463 - Planned Development District Recreational Facilities

Adopted 6-20-2017
Effective 7-1-2017
Change Increases the minimum expenditure per dwelling unit for recreational facilities required in the PDH, PDC, PRM and PTC Districts from $1,800 to $1,900. 
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