Fairfax City Enhances R&D Opportunities in Key Commercial Areas

City Council Approves Major Zoning Overhaul to Foster Business Innovation

FAIRFAX CITY, VA — In response to evolving commercial needs, Fairfax City Council has updated its zoning regulations, now permitting research and development (R&D) entities in its commercial zones. This strategic change, applicable to office and industrial buildings citywide, is a significant move towards accommodating innovative business sectors.

Fairfax City’s decision mirrors similar initiatives in neighboring areas like Fairfax County, Arlington County, Washington DC, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County, showcasing a regional shift towards nurturing R&D ventures. This initiative aims to draw industries in quantum computing, AI, machine learning, and biotechnology, in line with the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority’s vision.

Fairfax City Mayor Catherine Read emphasized the necessity of adapting city ordinances to current trends. “R&D is about embracing forward-thinking ideas for communal benefit. Our goal is to ease the process for companies to establish here,” she stated.

Christopher Bruno, CEO of Fairfax City Economic Development, acknowledged the Mayor and Council’s commitment to diversifying the local economy. “This zoning code adjustment removes hurdles for firms we aim to attract. We’re thankful for the Economic Development Authority, the Department of Community Development & Planning, and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce for backing this change,” he added.

Nicole Toulouse, Economic Development SVP of Business Investment, highlighted the need for zoning to evolve with the economy. “Previously, our target industries faced challenges with permissible activities in our commercial zones. This change is a long-term asset for attracting innovative companies to Fairfax City,” she explained.

Eric Forman, Community and Development Planner of Fairfax City, remarked on the dynamic nature of zoning. “Updating our Ordinance is crucial in supporting the region’s growing research and development sectors,” he concluded.