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Planning & Zoning
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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 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, public education, and participation with residents and civic groups.

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What's New?

South Carlyle Plaza Development Wins Prestigous Award   

The South Carlyle Plaza development was recently awarded the 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. 

  Development Review Process Brochure       

The Development Review Process brochure explains the City's Development Process in straightforward, easy-to-understand language.  The purpose of the brochure is to explain the process by which new development projects are reviewed by City staff for presentation to the Planning Commission and City Council. The brochure provides information about the various steps in the review process, from Concept to Preliminary to Final plans and then on to building permits.


Recent Development Projects & Initiatives

Large-Area Development

Related Departments 

301 King Street, Room 2100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6393

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.