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Posted on: February 11, 2021

zMOD Survey to Virginia Run Residents

Over the past several months, the Board has been providing information in the Horn and on this website about the proposed Zoning Ordinance Modernization Program (zMOD). In short, zMOD has several major policy changes for both Accessory Living Units (ALUs) and Home-Based Businesses (HBBs) that have a direct impact on neighborhood infrastructure such as over-crowding in schools, over-taxed infrastructure, traffic congestion, strangers in the community, and potential negative impacts to water quality and storm water management, etc. The ALU could be an additional apartment or living area in a single-family dwelling on a ½ acre lot up to 800 SF or a free-standing dwelling on two acres or more up to 1,200 SF. Each residential address in Virginia Run, could be eligible for an ALU and/or HBB – some “by-right”, which means only requiring an administrative approval. The expanded use of “administrative approval” unfortunately may open up the county for abuses by county residents who will “play the margin” and take advantage of the lack of monitoring by the county. The natural course of things – and the most likely result – is that neighbor will be pitted against neighbor as a result of an ALU or HBB was being established and having little recourse during the process or after the fact to make acceptable changes.  Please use the URL below to link to a survey, where the results will be presented to the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission to make them aware of the lack of understanding of the provisions by the residents of Fairfax County.

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