City of Alexandria, VA
Alexandria City Council Votes to Approve Waterfront Small Area Plan
Today, the Alexandria City Council voted 5-2 to approve the Waterfront Small Area Plan. In June 2011, after many residents raised concerns about the Plan, City Council deferred a vote on it and established the Mayor-appointed Waterfront Plan Work Group to identify areas of consensus regarding the Plan; and to identify, categorize and narrow differences on concerns that residents had raised.
The Waterfront Plan Work Group held 15 meetings, from July to December 2011, and released their final report on December 20, 2011. The City Council and Planning Commission held a joint work session on January 10, 2012, to discuss the group’s recommendations. With their action today, the City Council agreed with the City staff’s recommendation to incorporate all of the group’s recommendations into the Plan.
Following an eight hour public hearing, the Council also added language to the Plan that:
The approved Waterfront Small Area Plan provides a framework for revitalizing the waterfront by:
“The Waterfront Plan that the Council approved today represents Alexandria’s bright future while protecting our historic past,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “Over the last three years, countless Alexandria residents, businesses and City staff have worked extremely hard to build an extraordinary plan that provides the road map for revitalizing our waterfront gateway into a destination that honors our seaport heritage; provides complete, continuous access to the river; enhances the beauty of our shoreline; and celebrates our love of the arts. We approved a plan that will dramatically improve our waterfront experience, something that all of Alexandria can be proud of and enjoy.”
For more information about the Waterfront Plan, visit alexandriava.gov/Waterfront.