Fairfax County is seeking public input on proposals to change the Comprehensive Plan for 22 sites in southern Fairfax County, including residential, office, retail and mixed use properties near places like downtown Annandale, Huntington and Franconia-Springfield Metro Stations and Richmond Highway.
These proposals, called nominations, were submitted through the county’s South County Site-Specific Plan Amendment Process — or SSPA for short. This process allows anyone to nominate site-specific land use changes to the Comprehensive Plan, the guiding document for land use and development decisions in Fairfax County.
People who live, work, recreate or otherwise use the sites can help SSPA District Task Forces review these proposed land use changes to determine if they should be added to the county’s Comprehensive Plan Amendment Work Program and further analyzed for their impacts and benefits. The task forces, which are made up of residents, business owners and other members of the community, will make recommendations on the nominations to the Fairfax County Planning Commission.
There are five main ways you can get involved:
1. Attend Task Force Meetings – The task forces will review the nominations from July through September 2020 in a series of public meetings, which will be held virtually via WebEx due to the Governor’s Emergency Declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The public can attend and participate in these meetings through the video conference platform or by phone. There will be an opportunity for public comment at each meeting. Presentations by the nominators and staff will be published online prior to the meetings, if available. The task force meetings will be recorded and posted online following the meetings. More information on the meeting schedule or how to access or request a training on the WebEx platform is available on the SSPA nomination webpage.
Language translation services for the task force meetings are available to those who speak a language other than English. To request translation, call 703-324-4256, TTY 711, or email at least one week before the meeting date.
2. Submit a Comment to the Task Forces – Public comments to the task forces may be submitted via email or through pre-recorded video messages to these Board of Supervisors' offices:
For more information on how to provide comments to the task forces, visit the SSPA nomination webpage.
3. Attend or Provide Testimony to the Planning Commission - The task forces will share their recommendations with the Planning Commission before they hold a series of public hearings on the nominations this fall. Then, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation on which nominations will be added to the Work Program to the Board of Supervisors which will take action on the Work Program. Learn more about the Planning Commission’s public hearings process or how to testify.
4. Connect with Us – Sign up to receive free email updates by selecting “Comprehensive Plan Announcements” in the county’s subscription list or follow the Fairfax Land Use Planning Facebook page for the latest information about SSPA.
5. Spread the Word – Whether you can attend a task force meeting or wish to submit comments, you can share the nominations and the task force meeting information with others.
Following its public hearings this fall, the Planning Commission will make recommendations to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Ultimately, the board will decide whether to adopt the changes to the Plan Amendment Work Program.
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