Meet Mark

Mark Angres is a native Washingtonian and currently resides in the historic downtown area of the City of Fairfax. Having lived in other parts of the Washington D.C. region, Mark and his wife in 2012 chose to live in the City because of its walkability, character, and sense of community.

Mark is passionate about planning for the City’s future. Whether it be education, traffic management, revitalization of our commercial centers or protecting and enhancing our many great parks, Mark’s goal is to well position the City to be successful and a leader in the D.C. region for years to come.


Mark was appointed to the City of Fairfax Planning Commission in January 2018 by the City Council. As vice chair of the Planning Commission, Mark worked to draft, debate and finalize the 2035 City Comprehensive Plan—a document that establishes the policy objectives of the City in land use, housing, education, transportation, parks and recreation, and environmental sustainability. 

Mark was a leader on the Planning Commission in advocating for the use of the Small Area Plan process to guide development in our key commercial areas of the City.

The City Council unanimously adopted the Planning Commission’s recommendations for the Small Area Plans and has since implemented a process to bring those plans to life.

As a Planning Commissioner, Mark serves an integral advisory role to the City Council by providing recommendations on rezoning of almost all major redevelopment projects in the City. The Planning Commission also routinely advises the Council on its annual Capital Improvement Program by making recommendations on which large projects the City should prioritize.

In addition to his main role as Planning Commissioner, Mark:

• Served as a member of the City Board of Architectural Review (BAR) for three and a half years, serving two as chair and one as vice-chair. As a member of the BAR, Mark and his fellow members were responsible for making key decisions on the architecture and design of almost all the key development in the City. 

• Served on the City Downtown Visioning Committee to develop a long term vision for the future viability of our historic cultural center.

• Is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Placemaking Initiative Council for Washington D.C., where professionals in real estate, planning, land use and design get together to share and provide insight to make our localities a vibrant and sustainable place to live and work.   

• Served as the Planning Commission representative to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for 2019.

Mark has been a practicing attorney in the area of intellectual property law and related practice for the past 18 years. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2002 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998.  Mark spends much of his free time with his wife Dr. Emily Freilich and their two young sons.

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