The proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment establishes a new use of Residential Studios that will consist of efficiency (zero bedrooms) multiple family dwelling units of not more than 500 square feet in size and for not more than 75 units in a development, or as further limited by the Board. The residential studio use would be allowed with the approval of a special exception in most of the residential, commercial and industrial districts or as part of a rezoning or by approval of a special exception in all of the planned development districts. The amendment proposes a number of additional standards to address factors related to the operation of the development and compatibility of the use at the specific development site, among others. Staff’s August 27, 2013 memorandum outlines the details of the Planning Commission’s review of the proposed amendment.

Planning Commission Work Session #1: September 25, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. (See August 27, 2013 Memorandum)
Planning Commission Work Session #2: October 2, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. (See August 27, 2013 Memorandum)
Planning Commission Public Hearing: November 20, 2013 at 8:1 p.m.
Board of Supervisors’ Public Hearing: To be determined

“Staff of the Department of Planning and Zoning is soliciting your input on a draft Zoning Ordinance amendment regarding Residential Studios. The amendment will establish a multiple family dwelling unit use, to be called Residential Studios, which will be specifically limited in terms of unit size, development size, maximum income/rent, and other factors. The use would be permitted in most residential, commercial, industrial and planned development districts by special exception. The Board of Supervisors has identified a concern with the proposed provisions that could allow the opportunity to convert a single family dwelling to a residential studio development and; therefore, such conversions may be eliminated from the proposed amendment that would be presented to the Board of Supervisors for consideration. As indicated in the attached memorandum, comments can be sent via regular mail to Donna Pesto, Zoning Administration Division, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 807, Fairfax VA 22035 or via email to donna.pesto@fairfaxcounty.gov .”