Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-1380
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Barbara Byron,
Director

Minor Variations of Approved Rezoning Applications

A minor variation permits the Board of Supervisors to approve specific and minor changes to an approved rezoning application as an action item at a normally scheduled Board meeting.  While a public hearing is not required, during the meeting, the item is described to the Board as a whole and a decision is made by motion. Please be aware that during the review of such requests, staff will coordinate with you to assure that you provide all required legal notification and coordinate with the appropriate member of the Board of Supervisors.  Generally, the process requires submission of documents that describe the request (with any necessary supporting graphics), as well as an application form, a completed affidavit, and an annotated tax map.  You may submit the request to our office or by email to dpzzed@fairfaxcounty.gov.  For any questions related to this process, please contact the Planner of the Day at (703) 324-1290.

Submitting a Request for a Minor Variation

Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for submitting a request for a minor variation are as follows:

The Zoning Ordinance provides that the Board may approve certain requests for minor variations without a public hearing so long as such requests do not materially affect proffered conditions of use, density or intensity for the following types of requests.  Please see 18-204(5) for the exact language.

  1. Add or modify a use, so long as the use is not specifically precluded in the proffers and it is demonstrated that the new use would have no materially greater land use impacts than the approved uses;
  2. Increase the permitted building height 15 feet or 15%, whichever is greater so long as the maximum height for the zoning district is not exceeded;
  3. Modify minimum yard dimensions;
  4. Add, modify or delete active or passive recreation uses in certain circumstances after the recreational facility was built;
  5. Modify proffer commitments related to technologies or services that are underutilized, ineffective or obsolete;
  6. Modify architectural design, character, color, features or materials for buildings and signs in certain circumstances.

Submission Requirements

If interested in filing for a minor variation, please submit the following: 

  1. Application form;
  2. Fee of $520; fees may be paid online or by check made payable to Fairfax County.  If the online payment option is used, a copy of the receipt is required with your submission.
  3. A letter describing your request;
  4. Notarized property owner authorization (if the property owner has an agent or is not the applicant); 
  5. Graphics (if appropriate) which depicts the proposed variation;
  6. Signed statement describing the specific change requested; 
  7. Completed rezoning affidavit; and
  8. Copy of zoning map with the subject property outlined in red.

Upon submission of a complete package, staff will review and schedule the application for a Board of Supervisors meeting with a target of around 60 days after submission.  Should any changes or modifications to your information be needed, staff will contact you.  Please be aware that, should the district Supervisor determine that a public hearing would be more appropriate for your request, staff will contact you to determine the next steps.  Finally, approximately 30 days prior to your Board meeting, you will receive the notifications, with instructions, that you will mail out to certain adjoining property owners. 

Requests should be addressed to:

Tracy D. Strunk, AICP, Director
Zoning Evaluation Division, Department of Planning and Development
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 801
Fairfax, VA 22035

MINOR VARIATIONS LISTING

BOS Hearing Date: 09/24/2019

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors PCA 2003-MV-033 09/13/2019 See Board Item 09/24/2019

BOS Hearing Date: 06/25/2019

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Lidl US Operations, LLC PCA/GDPA 95-Y-016-05 04/22/2019 06/07/2019 06/25/2019

BOS Hearing Date: 05/07/2019

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Frontier Drive Metro Center, L.P. RZ 93-L-023 03/22/2019 See Board Item 05/07/2019

BOS Hearing Date: 01/22/2019

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority PCA 89-A-001-02 01/03/2019 See Board Item 01/22/2019

BOS Hearing Date: 11/20/2018

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Virendra Bery, Surendra Berry, Sashi Berry RZ 1997-BR-025 11/08/2018 See Board Item 11/20/2018

BOS Hearing Date: 10/16/2018

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Springfield Commons, LLC RZ 1996-LE-047 09/12/2018 See Board Item 10/16/2018
WashREIT Riverside Apartments, LLC RZ 2016-MV-030 09/25/2018 See Board Item 10/16/2018

BOS Hearing Date: 07/31/2018

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Evergreene Companies, LLC RZ 2003-LE-055 07/12/2018 See Board Item 07/31/2018
Midland Road, LLC RZ 2005-SP-019 07/11/2018 07/11/2018 07/31/2018

BOS Hearing Date: 04/10/2018

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Artis Senior Living of Fairfax Station, LLC RZ 2016-MV-011 03/23/2018 See Board Item 04/10/2018

BOS Hearing Date: 03/06/2018

Applicant Related Zoning Case Affidavit Statement Board Item
Commonwealth Regency PCA 2006-SU-025-02 02/23/2018 See Board Item 03/06/2018
GS Ashton, LLC PCA 86-C-029-10 02/13/2018 See Board Item 03/06/2018
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