Council adopts county’s first-ever climate adaptation and resilience plan

This week, the Board of Supervisors passed Resilient Fairfax, the county’s first-ever climate resilience and adaptation plan.

As we grow ‘hotter, wetter and weirder’ On average, the new Resilient Fairfax plan will help the county build the resilience of our people, infrastructure, utility systems and natural resources to the vagaries of the weather.

About the Fairfax Resilient Plan

The Fairfax Resilient Plan answers five big questions:

  1. What are Fairfax County’s current and future climate conditions?
  2. What are Fairfax County’s top climate risks and vulnerabilities?
  3. Do Fairfax County’s current policies, plans and programs address climate resilience?
  4. What strategies should Fairfax County use to improve climate adaptation and resilience?
  5. How can Fairfax County implement these strategies?

In total, there are 48 strategies in the Resilient Fairfax Plan, including 18 prioritized strategies, all of which aim to reduce the risks associated with impacts such as flooding, extreme heat and severe storms. The plan includes detailed implementation roadmaps for each of the priority strategies, enabling county staff and other key stakeholders to effectively move into implementation.

“Fairfax’s Climate Resilient Adaptation and Resilience Plan is an extraordinary guide for our county and our community as we seek to reduce the risks of climate change,” said Jeffrey McKay, chairman of the board of oversight. “This plan sets out a path forward that will help protect our residents, their homes, public services, natural resources and the critical infrastructure we all rely on.”

Tools for success

In addition to outlining strategies and action plans, Resilient Fairfax documents include:

“Resilient Fairfax puts us on the path to a more livable, healthy, safe and sustainable community,” said Dan Storck, Mount Vernon District Supervisor and Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Environmental Committee. “It is important to note that this plan considers equity at every turn, ensuring that the strategies outlined target our most vulnerable populations and those most in need of support.