Fairfax County Construction Requirements and Permit Information
Fairfax County has very specific regulations regarding construction and placement of the projects below. In addition to following the Design Review Guidelines for your project, make sure you factor in county requirements before submitting your proposed plans for DRC review.
Design Review Committee Members - 2020
Barbara Ward, Chair
Cory English (architect)
Paul Trombley (architect)
Jennifer Kirby (design professional)
Piya Vlach (architect)
CAHH DRC Liaison: Allison Miles-Lee
Contact the DRC: DRC@hollin-hills.org
Projects Under Review
Hight/Heffner Residence, 7500 Elba Road: move parking area and enlarge deck
Leigh Residence, 2321 Kimbro Street: new retaining wall
A Foundational Concept
The concept of architectural review by a group of community members was a novelty in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It also was fundamental to subdivision developer Robert Davenport's community of vision. Hollin Hills has maintained its contemporary design integrity through consistent, fair application of the original design philosophy and the shared vision of its residents throughout the years.
In Hollin Hills, that process took shape under the Architectural Control Committee, created by Davenport to ensure that any new structure in Hollin Hills home would meet the developer's definition of "harmony and conformity" with other community structures.
The committee members were Davenport and Hollin Hills investors Morris and Samuel J. Rodman. Hollin Hills lot owners requested countless changes in their homes during the first years of construction. Davenport determined the appropriateness of those changes. If they were basic design decisions -- and he approved -- Davenport turned them over to Hollin Hills architect Charles Goodman for review. A number of the requested changes became standard in future home design
In 1955, the powers of the original committee expired and were transferred to the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). From this point forward, a group of residents appointed by the Hollin Hills civic association board -- now known as the Design Review Committee -- has been in place to help homeowners ensure their desired exterior renovations align with the harmony and conformity definition.
The Role of the
Design Review Committee
All DRC members shall serve at the pleasure of the CAHH board. The DRC role is to:
- Provide advice on design concepts
- Review design plans
- Monitor construction
- Recommend action when unapproved construction is commenced or when construction departs from approval
- Interview prospective DRC candidates and make recommendations to the CAHH board
- Update the Design Review Guidelines for community approval
- Revise procedures as necessary
DRC REVIEW PROCESS STEPS