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110/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project
Adding Clarity and Interactivity to Fairfax
County’s Public Facilities Manual ...
• All Standards Manuals mentioned in this study are
referred to as PFM, the acronym for Fairfax County’s
Public Facilities...
• To align with Fairfax County, the counties/cities included in this
research were selected based on:
• population density...
• Only two (2) out of 15 manuals were titled Public Facilities
Manual: Fairfax County and Fairfax City.
• Online searches ...
510/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project
• Recommended name changes:
• *Land Development Standards and Guidelines*
• De...
• Clarity. Adopt an indented outline.
• Indented Outline. Fairfax uses an outline that tracks each
paragraph throughout th...
710/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project
Improvements to the
outline include:
• wider margins to
help frame the text
be...
• Interactive. Incorporate hyperlinks.
• Hyperlinks. The majority of PFMs include hyperlinks, Fairfax
County does not.
• I...
• Interactive. Maintain hyperlinks, annotations, interpretations
and versioning.
• Maintenance. Adding hyperlinks and anno...
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Reasoning
Cover Art. The PFM’s
cover art is outdated.
• Cover art should be
f...
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3
13
11
Index Appendix
Includes single Includes multiple Not included
Sli...
• Clarity. Remove the index and appendix.
• Index & Appendix. The majority of PFMs do not include an
index or an appendix,...
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Equations Code Reference Table
Includes single Includes multiple N...
• Interactive. Move equations and code reference table.
• Equations & Code Reference Table. The majority of PFMs do
not in...
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Definitions
Beg. Of Doc End of Doc In-Text Not Included
Slide used to...
• Interactive. Move Chapter 13 (Definitions) to the first chapter.
• Definitions/Acronyms. The majority of PFMs place defi...
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Foreword/Introduction Applicability
Included Not Included
Slide used...
• Interactive. Update the foreword/introduction.
• Foreword/Introduction. Fairfax County’s foreword and
introduction secti...
• Interactive. Include an applicability section in the first chapter.
• Applicability. The majority of PFMs include an app...
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Adding Clarity and Interactivity to Fairfax County's Public Facilities Manual (PFM)

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Adding Clarity and Interactivity to Fairfax County's Public Facilities Manual (PFM)

  1. 1. 110/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project Adding Clarity and Interactivity to Fairfax County’s Public Facilities Manual (PFM) Clear Interactive AdaptableUrban Innovative
  2. 2. • All Standards Manuals mentioned in this study are referred to as PFM, the acronym for Fairfax County’s Public Facilities Manual. • This research is based on a sample group of 15 PFMs from the surrounding Mid-Atlantic/Southeastern region of the United States. 2Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Research Methodology
  3. 3. • To align with Fairfax County, the counties/cities included in this research were selected based on: • population density • total population • location in relation to the DMV • Sampled counties/cities: • Anne Arundel County, MD; Arlington County, VA; Baltimore County, MD; Cobb County, GA; Fairfax County, VA; Fairfax City, VA; Fulton County, GA; Henrico County, VA; Loudoun County, VA; Mecklenburg County, NC; Montgomery County, MD; Prince George’s County, MD; Prince William County, VA; Wake County, NC; Raleigh City, NC. 3Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Research Methodology
  4. 4. • Only two (2) out of 15 manuals were titled Public Facilities Manual: Fairfax County and Fairfax City. • Online searches for “Public Facilities Manual” result in 57,700,000 items, a majority of which are associated with schools. • Almost every sample PFM included in the title the words “Standards” or “Design”. These words are specific to the function of the manual. 4Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Renaming the Public Facilities Manual (PFM):
  5. 5. 510/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project • Recommended name changes: • *Land Development Standards and Guidelines* • Design and Construction Standards Manual • Land Development Design Manual • Renaming the PFM to one of these suggested titles will make this document more accessible, more specific to its function, and more innovative. Renaming the Public Facilities Manual (PFM):
  6. 6. • Clarity. Adopt an indented outline. • Indented Outline. Fairfax uses an outline that tracks each paragraph throughout the document. • This tracking helps to reference the document, but it looks cluttered. • An indented outline would look less cluttered, while maintaining the same alphanumeric structure. • A well-organized outline leads to a clearer & more interactive document. 6Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Formatting Recommendation & Reasoning
  7. 7. 710/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project Improvements to the outline include: • wider margins to help frame the text better • easier internal navigation New OutlineOld Outline An Indented Outline
  8. 8. • Interactive. Incorporate hyperlinks. • Hyperlinks. The majority of PFMs include hyperlinks, Fairfax County does not. • In-text hyperlinks connect to internal (tables & diagrams) or external references (ZO, VDOT’s RDM, etc.). • External navigation (on the PFM webpage) makes certain portions of the PFM (plates, equations, code reference table) more interactive and navigable. 8Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Formatting Recommendation & Reasoning
  9. 9. • Interactive. Maintain hyperlinks, annotations, interpretations and versioning. • Maintenance. Adding hyperlinks and annotations can lead to broken links or outdated annotations unless maintenance is regularly performed. • Maintenance is necessary to make sure annotations are updated regularly. • Maintenance is necessary to make sure that hyperlinks are working correctly. 9Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Formatting Recommendation & Reasoning
  10. 10. 10/27/2017 10Fairfax County PFM Flex Project Reasoning Cover Art. The PFM’s cover art is outdated. • Cover art should be flexible to changes within Fairfax County Government. • The transition from DPWES to LDS should be reflected in the PFM cover art. • Incorporate the PFM Flex themes using graphic design. Formatting Recommendation Clarity. Update the cover art to reflect the recent changes from DPWES to LDS. Updated Cover Art
  11. 11. 1110/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project 2 1 3 13 11 Index Appendix Includes single Includes multiple Not included Slide used to determine whether to include the x-axis items in the PFM. Recommended Layout Alterations
  12. 12. • Clarity. Remove the index and appendix. • Index & Appendix. The majority of PFMs do not include an index or an appendix, Fairfax County does. Fairfax County PFM includes an appendix in the printed version. • Since the future PFM will not be printed, the appendix has become replaceable by PDF hyperlinks. • With in-document searches and hyperlinks, the index has become replaceable. 12Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Layout Recommendation & Reasoning
  13. 13. 1310/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project 4 5 4 7 10 Equations Code Reference Table Includes single Includes multiple Not included Slide used to determine whether to include the x-axis items in the PFM. Recommended Layout Alterations
  14. 14. • Interactive. Move equations and code reference table. • Equations & Code Reference Table. The majority of PFMs do not include equations or a code reference table, Fairfax County does. • Place equations in a PDF with a table of contents, accessible via the PFM webpage. A PDF would be easier to navigate than searching through each chapter of the PFM to locate a specific equation. • Place code reference table in a PDF accessible via the PFM webpage. A code reference table is a living document and should exist separate from the PFM. 14Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Layout Recommendation & Reasoning
  15. 15. 1510/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project 7 4 2 2 Definitions Beg. Of Doc End of Doc In-Text Not Included Slide used to determine where to include the x-axis items in the PFM. Recommended Layout Alterations
  16. 16. • Interactive. Move Chapter 13 (Definitions) to the first chapter. • Definitions/Acronyms. The majority of PFMs place definitions at the start of the PFM, Fairfax County does not. • Locating the necessary definitions at the beginning of the document allows the user to interact with the text more readily. • It clarifies an unknown term before the unknown term is introduced in the context of a given standard. 16Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Layout Recommendation & Reasoning
  17. 17. 1710/27/2017 Fairfax County PFM Flex Project 9 10 6 5 Foreword/Introduction Applicability Included Not Included Slide used to determine whether to include the x-axis items in the PFM. Recommended Layout Alterations
  18. 18. • Interactive. Update the foreword/introduction. • Foreword/Introduction. Fairfax County’s foreword and introduction section should adopt the structure and clarity of Fairfax City’s foreword/introduction section. • Fairfax City’s foreword and introduction helps users who are unaccustomed to the language and structure of a PFM easily gain understanding of how to properly utilize the PFM. 18Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Layout Recommendation & Reasoning
  19. 19. • Interactive. Include an applicability section in the first chapter. • Applicability. The majority of PFMs include an applicability section, Fairfax County does not. • The applicability section helps clarify the purpose and intended audience of the PFM as a whole and each individual chapter. 19Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Layout Recommendation & Reasoning
  20. 20. 20Fairfax County PFM Flex Project10/27/2017 Any Questions?

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