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About Planning and Zoning

The Planning Office is responsible for the review of development applications including rezonings, special use permits, comprehensive plan amendments, Agricultural and Forestal District applications, zoning approvals, zoning appeals and variances, and public facility reviews. The office also acts as staff to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historical Commission, Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee, Architectural Review Board and the Trails and Blueways Council. The Planning Office has three divisions: Long Range Planning, Current Planning and Zoning Administration and a partnership with Community Development.

The Planning Office is located at 5 County Complex Court, Suite 210, Prince William, VA 22192-9201.

Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

 

Planning Office Contact Information:

   Phone: 703-792-7615
   Fax: 703-792-4401
   E-mail: planning@pwcgov.org

  

Zoning Administration Office Contact Information:

   Phone: 703-792-7615
   Fax: 703-792-4758
   E-mail: zoning@pwcgov.org   
 

Director's Office:

Christopher Price, AICP
   Planning Director
Rebecca Horner, AICP, CZA
   Assistant Planning Director

Planning Divisions:

David McGettigan, AICP Long Range Planning Manager
Long Range Planning is responsible for maintaining the Comprehensive Plan which may include preparing updates to the plan, processing comprehensive plan amendment requests, and processing public facility reviews. Long Range Planning coordinates the County's cultural resources program including archaeology and support to the Historical Commission, as well as providing support to other committees and councils such as the Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee, DCSM/Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee, Trails and Blueways Council, and Architectural Review Board. The division also coordinates Special Planning Projects, provides GIS analysis and data services for the Planning Office, such as the Build-Out Analysis, maintains Planning Office Maps and provides research and policy analysis for Zoning Text Amendments. Potomac Communities is also within Long Range Planning, as is the Planning Office webmaster.

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Community Development

Steven Hall, AICP, CZA Community Development Manager
Community Development proactively promotes redevelopment in the County by linking and bridging land use planning, economic development, and other internal governmental functions. The three designated Redevelopment Overlay Districts are the primary focus areas for revitalization in the County. The program works with property owners, businesses, neighborhood groups, and other government agencies to identify needs and resources, address barriers to redevelopment and to promote capital investment in the assemblage, development, and/or reuse of vacant or underutilized buildings and properties. Community Development also manages Special Planning Projects such as the Potomac Communities Initiative and Potomac Communities Design Guidelines

Current Planning

Stephen Donohoe Current Planning Manager
Current Planning reviews and provides case management services for rezoning and special use permit applications from initial submission to preparing reports that include staff recommendations for presentation to the Planning Commission through final action by the Board of County Supervisors regarding the application. Current Planning also responds to requests for land development documents and records associated with land development activities through the Records Center.

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Zoning Administration

Nick Evers Zoning Administration Division Chief
The Zoning Administration Division provides zoning determinations, zoning and proffer interpretations, processes home occupation certificates for family day homes, and verifications of non-conforming uses. Zoning Administration also administers the County zoning ordinance by coordinating with Property Code Enforcement to abate reported zoning violations. In addition, Zoning Administration processes appeals and variance requests to the Board of Zoning Appeals and responds to zoning and proffer verification requests.  The division also prepares text amendments to the zoning ordinance for consideration by the Board of County Supervisors. 

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