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Message from the Broyhill Park Civic Association
PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE WHICH WILL AFFECT ALL OF US
County staff is presenting the Parking Reimagined Initiative to the Board of Supervisors Land Use Policy Committee on Tuesday, February 14th at 1:30pm. The proposed parking amendment will drastically reduce the number of required parking spaces in new and renovated developments. Reduced Minimum Parking Requirements (MPRs) in some areas can be beneficial, but this proposed parking amendment does not reflect the needs of Fairfax County residents. Questions that were raised by residents at the various County meetings held by County Staff have debunked the positive myths circulating about the amendment.
- This amendment does not require additional affordable housing or green space in exchange for the reduction in MPRs.
- This amendment decreases resident input into development projects.
- This amendment does not address the problem of overflow parking in residential communities that will occur from the reduction in MPRs.
- County staff has stated that parking meters and/or private garages might be needed to accommodate the overflow parking.
- This proposed amendment shifts the cost of parking to residents and increases density. This shift will affect all of us, but will be particularly detrimental to teachers, EMTs, police officers, firefighters and others who are struggling economically.
- For multifamily dwellings, the current draft amendment requires 3 parking spaces per unit.* County staff is considering basing the required parking spaces on the number of bedrooms, with one-bedroom dwellings receiving an allocation of less than one parking space.
- There is not adequate public transportation to replace private vehicle ownership, nor are there adequate safety measures in place to allow for walkable communities.
- The proposed amendment does not recommend parking increases in any areas, which would be appropriate if the County was actually “right-sizing” parking requirements.
If you also have concerns about this amendment, please email the Board of Supervisors BEFORE February 14th. Send emails to:
You can also email the Planning Commission at
* The current required parking spaces per unit in multifamily developments is 1.6 per unit, but there are different rates for different types of residential and commercial areas. For more information on the current parking requirements, go to Article 6, Section 6100 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance and scroll down to Table 6100: https://online.encodeplus.com/regs/fairfaxcounty-va/doc-viewer.aspx?secid=256&keywords=article%27s%2Carticled%2Carticles%2Carticles%27%2Carticling%2Carticle%2C6%2Cnn6#secid-256
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