Rural Preservation Study
Survey Results are In!
Thank you for your participation in the
Rural Preservation Policies Survey. Your
feedback is greatly appreciated!
The Board of County Supervisors has directed the Planning Office to conduct research on appropriate planning tools to help in the preservation of open space in rural areas. The purpose of the rural preservation study is to provide an overview of the County's rural preservation policies and an evaluation of their effectiveness, identify additional rural preservation tools that may be appropriate and effective, and make recommendations regarding possible amendments to the County's land use planning policies. Opportunities for stakeholder input will be provided throughout the project. Project information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Prince William County has a long history of rural preservation. In 1964, Harland Bartholomew and Associates conducted a planning study for Prince William County and recommended a Comprehensive Plan that identified a significant portion of the County as "Large Estate and Agricultural." The preservation goals for this area became more formalized through designation of the Rural Area in the 1998 Comprehensive Plan. In addition to the Rural Area, the County has adopted various rural preservation measures including policies and strategies for Chapters in the Comprehensive: Environment
, Parks, Open Space, and Trails
, Long Range Land Use
, and Sanitary Sewer
, Zoning Ordinance
provisions, and Subdivision Ordinance
standards. Together, these measures constitute the County's overall rural preservation vision, goals, policies, and strategies. However, since the establishment of the Rural Area, the County has not measured the effectiveness of the rural preservation tools.
June 4, 2013
|Presentation of the Rural Preservation Study before the Board of County Supervisors.|
Board Report + Board Presentation
|Public Input Meeting
August 1, 2013
Discussed the County's Rural Preservation Goals and Strategies
Agenda + Presentation
October 15, 2013
Presentation of the current status of the study to the Board of County Supervisors.
Rural Study Update Presentation
December 7, 2013
The workshop featured an all-day self-guided open house with planned 1 to 1.5 hour work-sessions discussing topics specific to rural preservation policies in the County. Project staff provided an overview of the project, shared results from public input to-date, presented information about rural preservation tools available to the County, and spoke with the community to seek additional input.
Rural Area Study Workshop Program Agenda
If you were unable to attend the workshop, below you will find the presentations for three of the four sessions held, in addition to the study maps presented:
Rural Character Presentation
Land Preservation Presentation
The Rural Economy Presentation
Rural Area Study Maps:
RFP Map Contours
RFP Map Parcels 20 Acres Plus
RFP Map Parcels 5 Acres Under
RFP Map Parcels 5 to 20 Acres
RFP Map Water and Sewer Infrastructure
RFP Map Protected Open Space
RFP Map Zoning
RFP Map Rural Area
RFP Map Public Facilities and Open Space
RFP Map Planned Land Use Intensity
RFP Map Prime Agricultural Soils and Wooded Areas
RFP Map Aerial Photography (PWC)
RFP Map Long Range Land Use
RFP Map Environmental Resources and Cultural Resources
RFP Map Existing Land Development Status
RFP Map Current Land Use
Rural Preservation Study
Public Information Open House
January 23, 2014
The Prince William County Planning Office held a public information open house between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23rd in Room 107 of the Development Services Building (5 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge, VA). At the open house, project staff provided an overview of the project, shared results from the public input to date, presented information about rural preservation tools available to the County and sought additional input.
For more information, contact Ray Utz, Chief of Long Range Planning at (703) 792-7615.
The slideshows and study maps presented can be found above, following the Rural Area Study Workshop Program Agenda.
Thank you for your participation!