Most counties and municipalities develop plans to ensure excellent quality of life for their residents, business owners and community organizers. A well-planned community provides universally compatible land uses, as well as transportation networks, public facilities and parks.
A Comprehensive Sign Plan (CSP) is a method to guide decision-making about the natural and built environment by the county’s Board of Supervisors, and others such as the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. CSPs are implemented when additional signage is required by a property owner outside of specifications detailed in Article 12 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. Only proposed properties zoned in "P" districts such as but not limited to the PDC, PDH, PRM or PT can develop at CSP. All other districts would need to request a Special Exception for additional signage required outside the zoning ordinance.
It makes sense to plan, but often the process is daunting. It takes a lot of time to develop to have these plans approved. It takes experienced professionals (like us!) as your guide to develop, detail and prepare the plans. It also takes a significant amount of money to have them processed by the county. Over the last decade we've developed several CSPs for our clients and no one plan is ever the same. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're beging the CSP process.
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