The City of Fairfax and George Mason University hosted a three-day planning workshop from November 6 to 8, 2014 to explore various short and long term visions for the City’s Historic Downtown Area, and its connection to Mason’s campus. City residents, businesses and the Mason community were invited to attend any or all of the scheduled sessions during the three-day workshop.

     The workshop, facilitated by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, looked at several aspects of downtown planning, including transportation, community development/design issues, economic development and housing. This type of public input-based planning process has been used in many other communities in Northern Virginia and can be a successful way to ensure that multiple viewpoints are heard in planning for the City’s future. 

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Latest News

June 2, 2015 - 

The City of Fairfax and George Mason University presented "#VisionFairfaxMason - Community/University Planning Model" at the International Town and Gown Association 2015 Annual Conference.

 Click here to view the presentation. 


Implementation Teams - Upcoming Meetings

 Economic Development TBD TBD
 Land Use TBD TBD
 Town-Gown TBD  TBD
 Transportation TBD TBD




University-Community Forum

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 pm

Click HERE to view the update presentation given by the Implementation Teams.


Fairfax Campus Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 18 at 4:00 p.m.

City and George Mason staff provided the board with an overview of the charrette implementation plan.


City Council Work Session

Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm


The Final Report from the charrette was received by the Mayor and City Council along with an implementation planfor the recommendations from the charrette.


City Council Work Session

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (staff report)


Archived video from City Council Meetings and Work Sessions can be viewed at:  

Charrette Documents & Powerpoints

Implementation Documents

  • Downtown Fairfax Dining Map - More than 40 places to eat Downtown on a map showing their locations and the bus route to get there and back from Mason.

Other Presentations

Final Documents

Workshop Presentations


Thurs, Nov 6 



Nov 8

   Final Presentation Slides



Watch Videos from the Charrette

Cityscreen-12 staff recorded some of the presentations from the charrette and put together an episode of the Fairfax Scene with highlights from the charrette. All videos are available on the City's YouTube page and can be viewed individually by clicking the titles below.

   Video Title Running Time
   Promotional Video with Mayor Silverthorne and Dr. Cabrera  2:09
   Virtual Tour of the Study Area  23:41
   Mason Campus Master Plan Presentation  8:09
   Keynote Speaker - Chris Leinberger  37:53
   Charrette Final Presentation  1:47:53
   Fairfax Scene - Charrette Highlights  56:33

Study Area Map


Meet the Team

The workshop was run by a team of professionals experienced with the charrette process. They have worked with NVRC in other communities in the past and have been very open and responsive to the communities' needs.



The workshop was led by Frank Fuller, FAIA from Field Paoli.

Click here to view the company's portfolio and team biographies.



Field Paoli was joined by professionals in the transportation and economics industry. Click on their names below to learn more about them and their experience.


Patrick Gibson, P.E., PTOE





Dena Belzer






Keynote Presentation

Back to the Future: Walkable Urbanism & Fairfax

On Thursday, November 6, Chris Leinberger gave a presentation during lunch on Walkable Urbanism and how Fairfax can incorporate walkability into our plans for the downtown. Read below for more information on Chris Leinberger.




Christopher B. Leinberger

 is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, where he consults and conducts research concerning walkable urbanism, and is the Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor at The George Washington University School of Business.  He is an author and co-author of numerous publications on walkable urbanism, including Walk this Way: The Economic Promise of Walkable Places in Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and The Walk UP Wake-Up Call: The Nation’s Capital as a National Model of Walkable Urban Places.  Chris also serves as President of LOCUS, a national network of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, walkable urban development in America’s metropolitan areas.  Chris is a former Managing Director and Owner of Robert Charles Lesser & Co., a real estate consulting firm, and is currently a Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a real estate development and consulting firm.  Chris lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Lisa.