Zoning Ordinance Modernization (zMOD)

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-1314
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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

zMOD - Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project

Zoning Ordinance ModernizationIn 2017, Fairfax County launched a major initiative to modernize its Zoning Ordinance that was first established 40 years ago. Dubbed “zMOD,” the effort will help the County carry out its strategic plan to grow and diversify its economy.  The modernization plan was presented on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ Development Process Committee.

“We want to be sure that our ordinance is forward thinking in terms of being able to accommodate uses that we don’t know about today that will be here in the future,” said Barbara Byron, Director of the Office of Community Revitalization, who will lead the project in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Zoning.  zMOD will work in tandem with the County’s existing process for amending its zoning laws by prioritizing proposed changes of county-wide significance.

The first phase of the zMOD focuses on three areas:

  • Prioritizing key Zoning Ordinance amendments for updates
  • Restructuring the ordinance to make it more user friendly, such as including more charts, tables and links, as well as more easily understandable language
  • Improving the County’s overall process for how the zoning ordinance is updated

To help implement zMOD, the County has hired consultant services, and has added two new staff positions to work on the project.