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Residential Studio Apartments in Your Neighborhood

Updated: 02/05/2014

The Fairfax County government’s Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is considering a change to the Zoning Ordinance that will permit “Residential Studios” in all residential areas under “Special Exception” rules. These 250-to-500 sq.ft. rental units would provide affordable housing for households earning less than approximately $60,000 (i.e., 60% of the area median income). Single family homes could be converted to multi-family buildings with Residential Studio apartments. The proposed ordinance can be found at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoningordinance/proposed/residentialstudioinputmemo.pdf.

On 19 September 2013, Federation members approved a resolution concerning the Residential Studio Units, recommending limiting their usage. Click here to see the resolution.

Although the last Planning Commission hearing was held on January 6, 2014, a Residential Studios Committee was established for further investigation. The dates and times for the Committee meetings are listed below. All meetings will be open to the public and will allow opportunities for discussion. The outreach meeting schedule is:

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center
  • Monday, March 3, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Shared Conference Room 120C (inside the cafeteria) Government Center

These meetings will be followed by a public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. These hearings have not yet been scheduled.

Current Projects under Fairfax Forward

Updated: 02/05/2014

Fairfax Forward, the replacement for the Area Plan Reviews (APR's) process, is being applied on a pilot basis to 5,550 acres along Route 29 between Centreville and Fairfax City and to areas along Route 28 from Centreville to the Dulles Airport Access Road. As of January 2014, studies are just starting.

Progress on these studies can be followed at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/fairfaxforward.

Evolution of Fairfax

Chairman Sharon Bulova, in partnership with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations, sponsored a three-part series on where we are, where we are going, and where we want to be. For three nights in June panels of experts to examined our shared past, our current state, and our exciting future.

First, look back at the last 40 years of land use trends, patterns of development and community building in Fairfax County. Second, examine the revitalization of Fairfax County's commercial centers, the redevelopment of Tysons Corner, and the rise of transit-oriented development. Last, a keynote speech led to breakout sessions to answer the question: where do we want to go?

Review the sessions posted on the county's web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/chairman/evolution.htm

December 2011 Membership Presentation

Development from a Developer's Point of View

Critics complain that developers will do anything and everything to maximize profits. The Federation's December 15 Membership meeting will feature Mr.Peter Otteni, Vice President - Development, Boston Properties. Boston Properties is a major developer in the Reston Dulles Corridor and elsewhere in the D.C. area. As a Vice President in the Development department in Washington, DC, Pete has direct responsibility for all aspects of development projects throughout the greater DC region, including land acquisition, financing, entitlement, design, construction, and leasing. Since joining Boston Properties, Mr. Otteni has managed or been directly involved with over 3 million square feet of completed or in process office and retail development.

The evening gave folks a chance to interact with a representative from the development community. Pete described the developer's approach, debunked some myths, answered questions, and looked for feedback about the development process.


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