Planning Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Marianne Gardner,

Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process


North County SSPA Map

The Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process (SSPA) is an opportunity to participate in Fairfax County's land use planning process by submitting proposals (called Nominations) to amend the Area Plan volumes of the Comprehensive Plan (the Plan) and/or the Comprehensive Land Use Plan Map through the Plan Amendment Work Program. The Comprehensive Plan is the guide used by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors to make land use decisions.

The SSPA process, including the appointment of Task Force members, is organized by the County's Supervisor Districts. In the 2017 SSPA cycle, Comprehensive Plan land use guidance for the northern portion of the County, including the Dranesville, Hunter Mill, Providence and Sully Supervisor Districts, will be reviewed. The southern portion of the County, which includes Braddock, Lee, Mason, Mount Vernon and Springfield Supervisor Districts, is anticipated to begin in 2019.  The map on the right depicts the locations of the nine supervisor districts within Fairfax County (click on the map to enlarge).

Scope of SSPA

The SSPA process concerns site-specific land use recommendations. There are limitations on what properties can be proposed for a Comprehensive Plan change. Review the eligibility criteria for proposals that cannot be submitted for the SSPA process. A nominator may submit only one nomination for the specific land area that he or she proposes for consideration in the SSPA process. This land area may consist of one or many parcels.

Nominators must complete a Nomination Form and justify the nominated change to the Comprehensive Plan. The justification should explain how the proposal would:

  • Address an emerging community concern;
  • Better implement the Concept for Future Development and not be contrary to long-standing county policies;
  • Advance major policy objectives such as:
    • Environmental protection;
    • Revitalization of designated areas;
    • Economic development;
    • Preserving open space;
    • Affordable housing; or
    • Balancing transportation infrastructure and public facilities with growth and development;
  • Respond to actions by others, such as Federal, State, or adjacent jurisdictions (if applicable);
  • Reflect implementation of Comprehensive Plan guidance; and/or,
  • Respond to or incorporate research derived from technical planning or transportation studies.

During the submission period, DPZ staff will be available to answer questions about preparing nominations. For more information about the Nomination process, visit the Submitting a Nomination page.

Nomination Review

Once nominations have been reviewed and accepted into the process, a community screening will take place with the task force to evaluate how the nomination compares to long-standing county policy and the merits and urgency of the nomination. County staff and the task force will make recommendations to the Planning Commission about which nominations should be added to the work program. A public hearing will be held to review these recommendations and adopt a new work program. The work program will be sent to the Board of Supervisors as an information item. A formal review and impacts analysis for those nominations that are added to the work program will follow. Both staff and the task force will make recommendations to adopt or modify the nomination, or to retain the Plan to the Planning Commission at a public hearing. Only those nominations that are supported by the Planning Commission will move forward to the Board of Supervisors where the Board would take action on the nomination following a public hearing. For more information, review the Nomination Review page.

Timeline for the North County SSPA Screening

Open Nomination Period

September 5, 2017 to December 5, 2017 - Nominations for potential Plan amendments may be submitted to the Planning Commission office.

Community Screening Phase

Tentatively March 2018 thru May 2018 - A high-level review of each nomination will take place with community task forces that are appointed by each district supervisor.

Planning Commission Public Hearing

June 14, 2018 **Rescheduled to Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.**  - The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review the recommendations made by the community task forces and staff, and recommend which Plan amendment nominations should be added to the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program. 

Board of Supervisors Action Item

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at time to be determined - The Planning Commission recommendation on the revised Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program will be presented to the Board of Supervisors as an Action Item, and the Board of Supervisors will take action to adopt a revised Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program.

View the 2019 South County Process Timeline


Timeline for the SSPA Work Program Implementation

Plan Amendment Review

Summer 2018 to Winter 2019 - The formal review and the impact analysis of the Plan amendments that were added to the Plan Amendment Work Program will be conducted. This will include coordinated review and recommendations by community task forces.

Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors' Public Hearings

Winter 2019 to Spring 2020 - The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings and take action on the nominations to amend the Comprehensive Plan.

Stay Informed

Like us on Facebook: The Fairfax County Land Use Planning Facebook page will provide timely announcements about the SSPA process, as well as announcements related to the Comprehensive Plan, Plan Amendments, special studies and other planning activity.

Subscribe to the Comprehensive Plan Announcements email service under the "Land Use & Development" heading: This email service will provide timely announcements about the SSPA process, as well as announcements related to the Comprehensive Plan, Plan Amendments, special studies and other planning activity.