Chapter 1 Update: Vision

Survey Open Through Sunday, March 19, 2017

A survey has been opened to collect final comments on the visioning effort.  Please take the survey here: www.fallschurchva.gov/visionsurvey

The survey will be open until 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Results will be presented to Council as part of their public hearing on Falls Church 2040 on Monday, 27.

What is the Vision Chapter?


The Visioning Chapter provides an overarching picture of what the City wants to be over the next 25 years. The Vision Chapter is part of the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for all aspects of planning and development.
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Why Update the Vision Chapter?


The City's Vision Chapter was last updated in 2005. Since that time, many changes have occurred within the City and the larger metropolitan area. Updating the Vision Chapter gives the City an opportunity to discuss the following questions - Is the 2005 vision still valid? Does it accurately reflect the community's values? Does it need to be modified to respond to changes that have occurred in and around Falls Church over the last 10 years? Is it compatible with the planning efforts of surrounding jurisdictions and larger regional trends?


What's the Process?


City staff is engaging the public to inform the update of the Vision Chapter. The engagement effort will include traditional community meetings, pop-up meetings, a survey, review by the City's advisory boards and commission, and ultimately review and approval by the Planning Commission and City Council. See the table below for the schedule of events.

How to Get Involved


To get involved in the planning process, check this page for the latest information, attend one of the planned public engagement events (see table below), or send comments to vision@fallschurchva.gov.

Public Engagement Schedule

Date Group Type of Event
June 18, 2016
Community Public Meeting #1
August 1, 2016 through
​ September 9, 2016
Community Survey
August 6, 2016 Community Pop-Up Meeting at Farmers Market
August 10, 2016 Community Pop-Up Meeting at Panera
August 24, 2016 Community Pop-Up Meeting at Eden Center
August 31, 2016 Community Pop-Up Meeting at Falls Plaza
September 6, 2016 Planning Commission Update Briefing
September 19, 2016 City Council Work Session
October 1, 2016
Community Public Meeting #2
October 24, 2016 City Council Status Report
November 5, 2016 Community Pop-Up Meeting at Farmers Market
November 7, 2016 Planning Commission Work Session
November 21, 2016 City Council Work Session
​Concurrence to go to Boards and Commissions
December 6, 2016 Economic Development Authority (EDA) Work Session
December 7, 2016
Architectural Advisory Board (AAB)
Work Session
December 7, 2016 Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Work Session
December 14, 2016 Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT) Work Session
December 15, 2016 Arts and Humanities Council Work Session
December 15, 2016 Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) Work Session
December 15, 2016 Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) Work Session
January 10, 2017 Housing Commission Work Session
January 12, 2017 Chamber of Commerce Work Session
January 17, 2017 Planning Commission Work Session
January 18, 2017 Tree Commission Work Session
January 26, 2017 Historical Commission Work Session
January 26, 2017 Historic Architecture Review Board Work Session
February 6, 2017 Planning Commission
Public Hearing and Action
February 21, 2017 City Council Work Session
March 27, 2017
City Council
Public Hearing