Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Community Gardens, Farmers Markets, Gardening as an Accessory Use and Related Changes - Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment


This proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment is a response to the recent growth of the locavore movement, edible landscaping trends, and a desire to have a connection to the food we consume and those who grow it. The amendment enables freer access to fresh food in all areas of the county and is broken up into three components, pertaining to: 

  • community gardens
  • farmers markets
  • personal gardens

The goal of the proposed amendment is to permit the three uses listed above with use standards that effectively mitigate any potential impacts that they may have on neighboring properties and uses, without making it too difficult to establish them. The proposal provides a mechanism for public review and comment for community gardens that are large enough to have a possible impact on neighboring properties.  The proposed amendment also reflects current national and state trends on the regulation of farmers markets by easing the current restrictions

Related Resources

Staff Report

PC Verbatim for Recommendation for Approval (5/16/2019)

Contact Us

Comments or questions can be directed to Jennifer Josiah, Senior Assistant to the Zoning Administrator by e-mail or at 703-324-1314. 


Please visit this page periodically for updates on the proposed amendment.