Fairfax County is a place where all people live in communities that foster safe, enjoyable and affordable living experiences.
Indicators of Success:
Reasonably priced housing and healthy, livable communities are critical to ensure a sustained high quality of life for the residents of Fairfax County. While no single action can fulfill the expectations of residents for affordable, connected, safe and walkable neighborhoods with necessary amenities, the proposed strategies in this section seek to promote equitable access to affordable housing, community assets and a variety of transportation options. The county is also focused on addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness and those who require short-term emergency shelter.
The county must also find a balance between the desire to protect and preserve existing neighborhoods and buildings and to revitalize older business districts, while also building vibrant new mixed-use urban centers. It is also critical to carefully consider the environmental impacts of development and to ensure that any potential stressors are eliminated or mitigated in alignment with Fairfax County environmental policies and practices.
Implementation of the proposed strategies in this section will also be fully aligned with the actions outlined in the Community-wide Housing Strategic Plan.
These proposed strategies were developed based on the extensive background work completed by the Countywide Strategic Planning Teams. The Board will determine which strategies will be pursued, as well as when they might be undertaken. This process will be highly flexible and will adapt to respond to community conditions as they evolve over time.
NOTE: Strategies have been re-ordered to fit within their related Indicators of Community Success. Strategies with the * symbol have been added or revised to include recommendations from the Chairman's Task Force on Equity and Opportunity.
Adequate Quantity and Availability of Housing
Affordable and Quality Housing
Flexibility and Adaptability of Land Use Rules
Preventing and Ending Homelessness
Access to Amenities that Promote Healthy Neighborhoods
Indicator: Affordable and Quality Housing
Indicator: Adequate Quantity and Availability of Housing
Indicator: Access to Amenities that Promote Healthy Neighborhoods
Indicator: Flexibility and Adaptability of Land Use Rules
Indicator: Preventing and Ending Homelessness