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The Department of Planning and Zoning works closely with the community in each area of the city to carry out City Council's 2004-2015 Strategic Plan for vibrant, amenity-rich neighborhoods, protected historic resources, and vital local businesses. With the community as our partner in developing neighborhood plans and reviewing proposals for development projects and businesses, we continue to deliver on the vision we have developed together.

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Alexandria Master Plan & Citywide Chapters

The Alexandria Master Plan is made up of 18 Small Area Plans (SAPs) covering neighborhoods throughout the city, plus substantive chapters on topics of citywide relevancy, such as Historic Preservation, Urban Design, Transportation, and Open Space. The Alexandria Master Plan was adopted by the City Council on June 13, 1992, and chapters are added or updated on an ongoing basis as needed through Master Plan Amendments. Detailed information can be found on this page .


Boards and Commissions

The City of Alexandria has a strong commitment to citizen participation as evidenced by the number of citizen boards and commissions established by City Council. Planning and Zoning works closely with the Boards and Commissions listed on this page.


Plans, Studies and Projects

Get information about past, present and future planning initiatives from long-range neighborhood plans to programs for small businesses and residents by visiting this page.  Here are some of the planning projects in progress:


Development Review

Alexandria continues to be a desirable location to live, work and play. The City’s collaborative development review process strives to balance quality development and the needs of the growing community. Please visit this page for a complete list of active development projects, rezoning criteria, green building policy, and design guidelines. 


Zoning & Permits

Visit this page to get information about the City’s zoning regulations including residential infill regulations that apply to new houses, residential additions, front porches and garages. Find out about permits for King Street Outdoor Dining and A-frame signs, and resources for small businesses and home occupations.


Historic Preservation/Boards of Architectural Review

There are two locally regulated historic districts in the city: the Parker-Gray District and the Old & Historic Alexandria District. Find out more about the historic districts, the Boards of Architectural Review (BAR), and the types of requests that can be reviewed by staff by visiting this page .


Contact Us 

Questions? Department staff can be contacted at any time between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday thru Friday, by calling 703.746.4666. Or visit us at City Hall, 301 King Street, Room 2100.