The Development Division oversees all development proposals in the City from single-family homes to large projects such as Potomac Yard. Our City is a diverse and attractive place to live and work, and the Development Division works to retain and enhance Alexandria's quality of life by ensuring that development proposals are consistent with the City's Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance; consist of the highest quality building design, urban design and site planning; and provide an overall public benefit.
To meet these challenges the Division employs a rigorous and responsive development review process, ensuring that the community is kept informed and encouraged to participate.
Zoning Ordinance Development Review Process Brochure Dockets, Webcasts, Staff Reports FAQ eNews
- South Carlyle Plaza Development Wins Prestigous Award
The South Carlyle Plaza development was recently awarded the 2014 Traveling Award for Analysis and Planning by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Potomac Chapter. The award recognizes the project's ambitious program of interwoven public parkland, mixed-use development and municipal services. The project harnesses landscape strategies to cap a contaminated site and transform an elevated parking deck into a vibrant public space that folds down to engage the civic realm through an arrangement of ramps, stairs, stormwater filtration components, and overlooks. This uncommon combination of program components was triggered by the simultaneous development of plans for a new mixed-use community on the northern half of the site and the expansion of the existing Alexandria ReNew municipal wastewater treatment plant onto the southern half of the site. The resulting plan creates an expansive park located over wastewater treatment tanks and an above-grade parking garage creating public space that establishes vital connections in a local network of parkland and trails.
This brochure explains the City's Development Process in straightforward, easy-to-understand language.
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Recent Development Projects & Initiatives
Visit this page for information on past development projects.
Department of Planning and Zoning
301 King Street, Suite 2100
Alexandria, Virginia 22313 (map)
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
All Development Staff can be reached at the above phone number:
- Maya Contreras, Urban Planner
- Pat Escher, Principal Planner
- Dirk Geratz, Principal Planner
- Rob Kerns, Division Chief
- Ryan Price, Urban Planner
- Jim Roberts, Urban Planner
- Gary Wagner, Principal Planner