The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agreed to defer the Planning Commission's Nov. 20 public hearing on a proposal to amend the zoning ordinance to allow residential studio units (RSUs). That would provide more time for additional outreach to the community, said Chair Sharon Bulova.
That motion, proposed by Bulova and Supervisor Michael Frey (Sully) and adopted by the BoS Sept. 24, also called for the Planning Commission to establish a Residential Studios Committee. The committee will schedule five meetings open to the public with opportunities for discussion.
The Mason District Council (MDC), Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations, and other community groups have major concerns with the county proposal to allow RSUs, which are very small efficiency apartments, in low-density residential neighborhoods. Members of the MDC also complained that there weren't enough opportunities for public input.
“It is important that the county hear from the various stakeholders affected by the proposed residential studios amendment,” Bulova said. “The Planning Commission’s Residential Studios Committee will provide an engagement process with the goals of addressing and resolving questions and concerns associated with the RSU amendment.”
The Planning Commission will go forward with the work sessions on RSUs scheduled for Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 at the Fairfax County Government Center. The Board of Supervisor’s Nov. 19 public hearing on RSUs will be rescheduled.
The Residential Studios Committee will hold its first meeting in late October with further meetings in November, December, and January, and a public hearing in late February.