Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-1314
TTY 711

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-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.
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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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