City of Alexandria, VA
Waterfront Small Area Plan
On January 21, 2012, the Alexandria City Council voted 5-2 to approve the Waterfront Small Area Plan. and Waterfront zoning changes. The Plan provides a framework for revitalizing Alexandria's waterfront through several means, including: incorporating Alexandria's history as a foundation for planning and design, expanding and enhancing public open spaces, improving public access and connectivity, promoting the waterfront as an arts and cultural destination, ensuring compatible development.
On February 25, 2012, City Council voted to approve the ordinance (No. 4749) to incorporate the Waterfront Small Area Plan into the City's Master Plan. A second ordinance required to implement the proposed waterfront zoning code changes has not yet been approved due to pending litigation. All outstanding litigation on the Waterfront Plan is expected to be resolved by the end of the year. During that time the Plan implementation activities as they relate to the public improvements will continue.
Waterfront Text Amendment
The Plan's vision for public access and other amenities is currently undergoing implementation work by an indepartmental team of City staff. First steps include solicitation for design work related to parks and public space as well as a system for flood mitigation in the Waterfront core, from Thompsons Alley to Duke Street. The City is also in the beginning phases of a study of circulation and transportation along Union Street, as recommended in the Plan. In addition, the Arts and History communities are working together on compilation of a synthesized plan, reconciling the Alexandria Waterfront Public Art Proposal and the Alexandria Waterfront History Plan in order to form holistic guidance for implementation of these important elements. More information on these and other implementation activities will be made available in the coming weeks and months.
The following is additional information related to the W-1 zone text amendment:
The purpose of the Alexandria Waterfront Commission is to advise the City Council and staff on issues related to Alexandria's historic Potomac River waterfront, and advise on implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The Commission is composed of 21 members representing a particular neighborhood, community organization, or City committee. The Commission was established by City Council on April 14, 2012, and replaces the Waterfront Committee, which was founded in 1989. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at City Hall Room 2000, 301 King Street, unless otherwise indicated on the agenda. The public is welcome. For additional information, call 703.746.5500.
Frequently Asked Questions
Planning Area & Goals
The passionate, broad, and high level of interest in this project throughout the Alexandria community has underscored the need for a public process that is as inclusive as possible. Throughout the process, City staff has engaged stakeholders through:
The City thanks all interested parties for their past and continued participation to the planning process.
News & Media
For more information about the Waterfront Small Area Plan, contact Nancy J. Williams, Principal Planner, Planning & Zoning - 301 King Street, Room 2100, Alexandria, VA 22314 - 703.746.3851 or 703.746.4666