Annandale: District Design Guidelines

SignageThe Annandale Urban Design Guidelines (the Guidelines) provide design direction to enhance the appearance of the Annandale Community Business Center (CBC). The Guidelines serve as a complement to the existing Comprehensive Plan vision through its detailed urban design and streetscape guidance that is to be used by owners, developers, citizens and Fairfax County: staff, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors when proposing, designing or reviewing development projects.   Whether a development requires zoning or site plan approval or is being developed by right, developers are encouraged to abide by these Guidelines to assist in implementing the community vision for Annandale.

Update of the Annandale Urban Design Guidelines

The recent creation of the Volume I: Urban Design Guidelines for Fairfax County Revitalization Districts and Areas requires a redesign and update to the existing Annandale Urban Design Guidelines. Volume I applies to all County Commercial Revitalization Districts and Commercial Revitalization Areas and includes broad urban design recommendations for streets, parks, landscaping, building exteriors and placemaking features.  Redundant content in the Guidelines will be removed as part of the update resulting in a new Volume II: District Design Guidelines for Annandale. This updated version retains district-specific recommendations and adds elements related to public art, revised streetscape materials, and completes street sections provided in other design guidelines.

Schedule Status
Redesign of 2011 Annandale Urban Design Guidelines into draft Volume II: District Design Guidelines for Annandale Completed December 2020
Virtual Community Presentation on the Draft

Held February 11, 2021 at 7p.m.
Watch the Virtual Presentation
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Community Feedback Period
Outreach Flyers:  English Korean Spanish
Accepted February 2021
Information Item Presentation at the Mason District Land Use Advisory Committee Virtual Meeting Presented February 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Final version of Volume II: District Design Guidelines for Annandale and Board Endorsement Anticipated Spring 2021


Information Materials

View the draft Volume II: District Design Guidelines for Annandale. Please note the PDF will open in spread layout, meaning you will see two pages at a time. This gives a sense of how the document would flow in a physical booklet format.

Watch the educational video to learn more about the design guidelines and the changes incorporated into the draft:

View the previous 2011 Annandale Urban Design Guidelines.


The following virtual presentations on the draft District Design Guidelines were open to the public and conducted in February:

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. Watch the Virtual Presentation | Password: SjAeZVe9
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:30p.m. at the Mason District Land Use Advisory Committee meeting.

How to Provide Input

The comment period has closed.  Comments were accepted during the month of February 2021.

Translation & Interpretation Services

If you would like to request the translation of documents distributed by the Fairfax County DPD Community Revitalization Section, call 703-324-9300 or email us. If you would like to request an interpreter for a meeting, you must submit the request no later than one week before the meeting.

Next Steps

All input from the online form will be reviewed, compiled, and summarized in an anonymous fashion before it is shared on this website, following the closure of the comment period. The Program Manager may reach out to commenters individually to discuss their input if requested, or to clarify comments on an as-needed basis.

It is anticipated a final version of the Volume II: District Design Guidelines for Annandale will then be posted on the website and submitted to the Board of Supervisors in Spring 2021 for endorsement.

Following endorsement, the new District Design Guidelines will be used to evaluate proposed Annandale development projects.