Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Prince William County Initiates Update to Economic Development Chapter of Its Comprehensive Plan


On March 10, 2015, the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors initiated a directive to County planning staff to update the “Economic Development Plan” chapter of the County’s Comprehensive Plan. The last technical update to this chapter was completed in 2008, but it has not been substantially reviewed since its creation in 1993. Part of the rationale to update the chapter is to provide more guidance for review of the economic development effects of rezonings and special use permits. This planning effort may also prompt an examination of the mixed-use land use designations.

Chris Price, Prince William County Planning Director, outlined the scope of amendments in two categories.

Technical updates would include:

  • Incorporate new Board policies and land use decisions
  • Remove completed action strategies
  • Update demographics
  • Update maps
  • Incorporate changes to state and federal law
  • Inventory new infrastructure
  • Evaluate level of service for public safety
  • Change maximum student capacity for schools

Economic updates include:

  • Update targeted industries
  • Incorporate new development initiatives
  • Provide guidance for land development reviews

Our Prince William office will be tracking the updates and providing additional information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please call Pete Dolan at 703-680-4664 or email him at If you would like a copy of the Planning Office Presentation to Planning Commission on Economic Development Chapter click here.