City Council, Boards and Commissions

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City Council Meetings 

The City Council is an elected public body that typically meets the first Tuesday of the month for work session to discuss issues and develop consensus; however, no formal action may be taken.  Work sessions are held in the Work Session Room located in Room 111 of the City Hall Annex. 

The City Council typically meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for regular meetings for public hearings and action items and to allow for public comment.  Council meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in Council Chambers located in Room 100 of the City Hall Annex, 10455 Armstrong Street.

The City Council conducts no meetings during the month of August and additional meetings may be called as necessary.  For more information regarding City Council Meetings click here.


City School Board Meetings

The City School Board is an elected public body that typically meets on the  first Monday of the month for regular meeting action item and public comment.  City School Board meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in Council Chambers located in Room 100 of the City Hall Annex, 10455 Armstrong Street.

The City School Board typically meets on the third Monday of the month for work sessions to discuss issues and develop consensus.  Work sessions are held at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run.

The City School Board conducts no meetings during the month of August and additional meetings may be called as necessary.  For more information regarding City School Board Meetings click here.


Boards and Commissions (volunteer opportunities)

City residents have the opportunity to become engaged with their community by serving on one of the city's multiple volunteer boards or commissions.  Consideration for appointment to one of these boards requires current city residency for at least one year and current registration as a voter in the City of Fairfax. A complete list of vacancies can be found here.

City Boards and Commissions

Board of Architectural Review
          Meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m., City Hall Annex, Council
          Chambers Room 100
          7 members; 3-year term

Hears requests for new construction, alteration or significant landscaping in the Historic, Transition and Architectural Control Districts. Also reviews signage in the Historic and Transition Districts and some multi-tenant buildings and centers in the Architectural Control.

Board of Building Code Appeals
          Meets as needed, location TBD
          7 members; 5-year term
The board of building code appeals shall act on applications for appeals from building official decisions based on the provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code which relate to the technical aspects of building maintenance regulations and to all of the other provisions of such code.  Meets as needed.

Board of Equalization of Real Estate Assessments
          Meets as needed, typically from September through December, City Hall
          3 members, 1 alternate; 3-year term, 9 year total limit

Hears appeals of assessed value of real estate. Court appointed.  

Board of Zoning Appeals
          Meets the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m., City Hall Annex, Council Chambers Room 100
          5 members; 5-year term

Decides on certain special use permits, special exceptions and requests for variances from the requirements of the zoning ordinance. Acts on appeals from any order or decision of the zoning administrator. Court appointed.

Commission for Women
          Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m., City Hall
          9 members; 3-year term
Identifies and advocates for the needs of women in the city. Promotes programs to increase awareness and provide services to the community. Open to men and women.

Commission on the Arts
         Meets on the third Tuesday of the month,
  7:00 p.m., Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center         
         15 members; 3-year term

Encourages and provides opportunities for artistic expression within the city. It is not necessary to be an artist to be on the commission; anyone with an interest may apply.

Community Appearance Committee
          Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m., City Hall
          10 members; 3-year term

Coordinates the city's Adopt-a-Spot program and clean-up month/day programs, in addition to commercial, residential and holiday decoration award programs.

Economic Development Authority
          Meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:00 p.m., Work Session Room 111, City Hall
          7 members; 4-year term

Fosters and promotes economic development and redevelopment in the City of Fairfax in harmony with the proper balance of commercial and residential enterprise and in alignment with the future needs of the community.

Electoral Board
           Meets as needed; Sisson House (adjacent to City Hall)
           3 members; 3-year staggered terms, nominated by political parties and appointed by the
           Circuit Court
with the majority of the board reflecting the party of the current Virginia
           governor.

Ensures elections are conducted in an honest, fair and accurate manner. Appoints the General Registrar/Director of Elections and the Officers of Election. Additional information can be found at:  http://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/voter-registration/electoral-board

Environmental Sustainability Committee
           Meets the first Wednesday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center
           9 members; 2-year term

Serves in an advisory role to the City Council and all Boards and Commissions on environmental and energy conservation issues.

Historic Fairfax City, Inc.
          Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Blenheim Interpretive Center
          5 council appointed members; 5-year term

A non-profit organization concerned with promoting interest in and preserving the city's history. Administers the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center. Five members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the City Council.

Human Services Committee
          Meets the third Monday of the month in January, April, July and October, 7:00 p.m., City Hall
          12 members; terms coincide with term on regional board

Offers forum for city's representatives to regional boards and commissions. Addresses emerging trends and unmet human services needs in the City of Fairfax.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
          Meets the second Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m.,  City Hall Annex, Work Session Room 111
          13 members; 3-year term

Serves in an advisory role to the City Council and makes recommendations on park and recreation facilities and programs.

Personnel Advisory Board
           Meets as needed, City Hall
           3 members, 2 alternates; 3-year term

Hears grievances of city employees which ready the fifth and final step of the grievance procedure.

Planning Commission
           Meets the second and fourth Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m., City Hall Annex, Council 
           Chambers Room 100
           7 members; 4-year term

Serves in an advisory capacity to the city council and plans for the future development of the city. Prepares and reviews the Comprehensive Plan; reviews subdivision and site plan submission; and makes recommendations to city council on Capital Improvement Program, rezonings and text amendments.


Regional Boards and Commissions

     Comprised of representatives from area jurisdictions including a representative from the City.

Fairfax Alcohol Safety Action Program Policy Board
          Meets quarterly, 7:00 p.m., Conference Room 7, Fairfax County Govt. Center
          15 members; 3-year term

Sets program policies and serves as directorate for the local programs within the local Alcohol Safety Action Program.

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board
          Meets the second Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Conference Rooms 2/3 of the Fairfax County  Govt. Center
          15 members; 3-year term

Advises local government about the service needs of persons with physical and sensory disabilities and implements the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Fairfax Area Long Term Care Coordinating Council
         Meets second Wednesday of every other month, 7:00pm, Fairfax Government Center
         One city representative, 2 year term, unlimited

In an effort to meet the Long Term Care needs of the Fairfax area, the Council's strategic plan organizes priority needs into five service areas: Coordination of Medical and Social Services, Housing, Mobility and Transportation, Services for Older Adults, and Services for Young Adults with Disabilities.

Fairfax Commission on Aging
          Meets the third Wednesday of the month, 12:00 noon, find meeting locations
          12 members; 2-year term

Informs the community of the needs of the elderly and makes legislative and budgetary recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on issues faced by the elderly.

Fairfax County Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation          
          Meets fourth  Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room 8, Fairfax County Govt. Center
          21 members; 4-year term
To coordinate resources in the community; to promote awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation; to educate the community about the organ and tissue donation process; and to increase the number of Fairfax County organ and tissue donors.

Fairfax County Domestic and Juvenile Relations Court Citizens Advisory Council
          Meets the second Thursday of month, 7:00 p.m., (no meeting in July or August), location TBD
          17 members; 2-year term

Advises and cooperates with the court upon all matters affecting the working of laws relating to children, their care and protection, and to domestic relations.

The Fairfax Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB)
          Meets the fourth Thursday of the month, 8:00 a.m.,  fifth floor Circuit Court jury assembly area of the Fairfax County Courthouse
          24 members; term at-pleasure

Enhances the ability of Fairfax County and City of Fairfax to develop court services, community- based corrections programs, juvenile accountability and other criminal justice programs.

Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees
          Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 7:00 p.m., George Mason Regional Library meeting room
          12 members; 4-year term

To establish and enact policies, and approve annual budget for library services to be submitted to appropriate governing body, and to select and appoint Director of Public Libraries.

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
          Meets fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:30 p.m., Fairfax County Govt Center
          16 members; 3-year term, 3 term limit

Oversees the mental-health, intellectual and developmental disability and substance use disorder services of the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and Fairfax County.

Health Systems Agency for Northern Virginia
          Meets the second Monday of the month, 8:00 p.m., near Falls Church
          10 members; 3-year term, 2 term limit

Plans for the health-care needs of the area and works with other regional groups on health-care issues.

Northern Virginia Community College Board
          Meets every other month
          1 city member; 4-year term, 2 term limit

Performs such duties with respect to the operation of a community college as may be delegated to it by the State Board for Community Colleges within the statewide policies, procedures and regulations.

Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board
          Contact the Board for meeting times and locations
          42 members; 4-year term

Determines the procedures for development of job training programs and selects grant recipients and administrative entities.

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
          Meets the third Thursday of the month, NVRPA Headquarters
          13 members; 4-year term

Oversees the administration of a 9,000-acre park system owned cooperatively by the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun.