Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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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.

Wireless Telecommunication Infrastructure


The proposed amendment is on the 2018 Zoning Ordinance Amendment Work Program and is in response to new telecommunications legislation that became effective on July 1, 2018, after the 2018 Virginia General Assembly adopted House Bill 1258 and Senate Bill 405.  The Virginia Code now defines the term “administrative review-eligible project” (AREP) to include two types of projects: (1) installation or construction of a new that structure that is not more than 50 feet in height and meets all other applicable criteria; and (2) the col-location on an existing structure of a wireless facility that is not a small cell facility.  The legislation prohibits localities from requiring a special exception for AREPs, but allows localities to require administrative review for the issuance of a zoning permit for these projects.  The legislation also allows localities to continue requiring special exception approval for projects that do not quality for AREPs or small cell facilities, subject to limits.  The proposed amendment would implement House Bill 1258 and Senate Bill 405.

In light of the Declaratory Ruling and Order adopted by the Federal Communications Commission on September 26, 2018, the Board of Supervisors withdrew this Zoning Ordinance amendment and directed staff to review and revise the amendment, and bring the revised amendment to the Board for authorization to advertise.

For more information visit the Zoning for Wireless Telecommunications Infrastructure Amendment webpage.

PC Public Hearing To Be Determined
BOS Public Hearing To Be Determined
Related Documents Staff Report



This proposed amendment focuses on:

  • Rewriting existing regulations in a “content neutral” manner
  • Reorganizing regulations into a more user-friendly format
  • Make certain policy changes to the regulations

The focus of this amendment is to rewrite the current sign regulations to be content-neutral. However, staff cannot adequately rewrite some provisions in a content neutral manner without making more policy oriented changes, such as those concerning temporary and off-site signs, and there are other areas, such as digital signs, that have not been previously regulated but staff recommends that it would be appropriate to do so now. Therefore, there are policy-oriented changes that will be proposed as part of this amendment but these have been limited to only those changes that are largely needed to further the content neutrality approach.

PC Public Hearing January 30, 2019
BOS Public Hearing February 5, 2019
Related Documents Staff Report

Article 6 - Density Provisions for the Reston PRC District


The purpose of the proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment is to implement the updated Reston Master Plan. This amendment proposes changes to the density provisions set forth in Sect. 6-308 of the Zoning Ordinance, specifically for the Reston PRC District. The amendment proposes an increase in the maximum overall density permitted in the Reston PRC District to a number between the current 13 persons/acre up to 15 persons/acre. The amendment would also allow the Board to approve residential development up to 70 dwelling units per acre for certain high density residentially designated properties in the Reston PRC District that are located within the transit station areas (TSAs) and planned for “Mixed Use,” if the proposal is in accordance with the adopted Comprehensive Plan. In addition, other editorial revisions would be made to Sect. 6-308 for clarification and plain language.

PC Public Hearing January 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
BOS Public Hearing March 5, 2019 at 4:30 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
Agricultural Uses and Districts The Zoning Ordinance currently defines agriculture and permits such use in various low intensity residential districts.  Today's market has indicated a desire for more "agritourism" related uses (such as wineries, farm markets, seasonal farm festivals, etc.), which are currently not specifically set forth in the provisions.  Additionally, new forms of agricultural activity, such as urban community gardens and container farms, need specific designations in the Zoning Ordinance to accommodate them in appropriate zoning districts other than low density residential districts. ZOAWP
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).