About Planning & Zoning
Planning and Zoning works closely with the community in each area of the City to carry out City Council's 2004-2015 Strategic Plan and Community Vision for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods, protected natural resources, and vital Main Street business districts. With the community as our partner in creating neighborhood plans and reviewing applications for new development, we can continue to expect high quality development according to the Vision we developed together.
FY2013 Proposed Interdepartmental Planning Work Program
Planning Themes For a Livable Community: P&Z has translated City Council's Strategic Plan into the following major planning themes that shape our current planning initiatives, finished plans, and approved development applications.
Preserve our History and Culture: Two historic districts, two review boards, and strong preservation elements in our Comprehensive Plan and Small Area Plans ensure that we preserve our City's important historic assets. Current initiatives will expand the historic districts and preserve 100-year old buildings throughout Alexandria.
Create Transit Oriented Development: Plans that optimize transit, such as the Eisenhower East and Braddock Road Plans, concentrate a mix of office, shopping, housing and entertainment with usable open space around existing Metro stations. Safe and active streetscapes further enable people to walk instead of drive, reducing traffic congestion and boosting the area's vibrancy day and night.
Create Livable Places with Housing Choices for All Residents: Plans for new urban villages, such as the Landmark/Van Dorn area, convert outmoded, suburban strip centers and car-oriented malls into walkable neighborhoods that blend shopping with residential uses, are conveniently connected to transit corridors and feature a wide range of housing choices for people of all ages and income levels.
Strengthen our Main Streets: Main Street strategies fortify our competitive regional edge by strengthening the historic character and identity of our downtown areas. The King Street Retail Strategy preserves the street's traditional urban feel, creates a vital sidewalk with unique local businesses, initiates public/private partnerships and provides parking and transit options.
Preserve and Enhance Neighborhoods: Alexandria's neighborhoods each boast a distinct local identity. Neighborhood Plans celebrate that community character by enhancing existing strengths, establishing a high level of quality for new development, and ensuring that new buildings are compatible in size and form. In addition, the City provides incentives to stimulate investment in areas needing revitalization.
To contact P&Z, call 703.746.4666 or visit the Zoning Counter in Room 2100 at City Hall, 301 King Street. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.