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Prince William County Designated Opportunity Zones
The U.S. Department of Treasury has officially designated 212 Qualified Opportunity Zones in the state of Virginia as part of the Opportunity Zone and Opportunity Fund, a provision for a new revitalization tool by the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The Zones and Funds will allow investors to receive tax benefits on currently unrealized capital gains by investing those gains in qualified low-income census tracts (Opportunity Zones). Six of the census tracts submitted to the program by Prince William County were chosen for this program.

Comprehensive Plan

 Economic Development Chapter Update
The Prince William County Planning Office has begun an update to the Economic Development Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.  The overall goal of the update is to support and implement the existing economic development strategy through land use and development tools and infrastructure improvements.


Cultural Resources and Archaeology 

 Hotchkiss Sketch Battle of BristoeBristoe Station and the Kettle Run Battlefields Preservation Study
The purpose of this study is to document both the Bristoe Station and the Kettle Run Battlefields and recommend preservation goals and strategies. Prince William County was awarded a grant through the American Battlefield Protection Program, a division of the National Park Service (NPS), to complete this study. Both battlefields are located near the intersection of Bristow Road and the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks.

Cockpit Point Battlefield Study
The purpose of this study is to complete baseline documentation of the Cockpit Point Battlefield from a grant awarded through the American Battlefield Protection Program, a division of the National Park Service. The grant will allow further identification and documentation studies of the Cockpit Point Battlefield centered on the Cockpit Point Battery on the Potomac River.

Manassas Battlefields Viewshed Plan
The Board of County Supervisors authorized staff to pursue a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP). In July of 2006 the ABPP awarded a grant to the County to hire a consultant to complete the study. The grant was conducted in consultation with staff from Manassas National Battlefield Park (MNBP). Opportunities for public input were provided throughout the project.  The final report was completed in 2010.


The Settlement Oral History Project was a three part endeavor designed to conduct primary research (oral histories and transcripts, chains of title, genealogies) to start documentation and recordation of the African-American community known as The Settlement. The Alliance to Save Carver Road was integral in this effort by helping find oral history candidates, as well as by sharing their genealogical information. The oral history research was carried out by UVA intern Amanda Patton, under the supervision of the County Archaeologist and staff from the Historic Preservation Division. Internship funding was supplied by the Prince William County Historical Commission, who also provided research tips and avenues. Staff from the library's RELIC room also assisted Ms. Patton in her research. 

Studies, Grants, and Other Projects

Dale City, Virginia: Safety and Connectivity in a Planned Community (A Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation/Land Use Connections Program Grant)
As a continuation of the Dale City, Virginia AIA SDAT Study, the Planning Office applied for and received a grant from the MWCOG TLC to further study the feasibility and implementation of the SDAT study. The grant focuses primarily on the Minnieville Road/Dale Boulevard intersection to create a "town center sense of place".
DaleBlvd_TLC_v2_nodes4.jpgDale City, Virginia AIA SDAT: Furthering the Vision of a Planned Community
The Prince William County Planning Office applied to the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Sustainable Design Assessment Team program and the application was accepted on January 9, 2015 for the project focusing on the Dale Boulevard corridor in  Dale City and explores potential improvements to the four key areas of activity along the corridor at Hoadly Road, Mapledale Avenue, Minnieville Road and Gideon Drive.

Joint Land Use Study
Prince William, Stafford, Fauquier Counties and Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico have partnered to develop a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) to examine land uses in around MCB Quantico. As a result of the analysis and collaboration, a set of actions have been drafted to promote land use compatibility and strengthen coordination among MCB Quantico and the Counties.
VRE Station Area Map

Mixed-Use and Multi-Modal Connectivity in Innovation Park and Gainesville (A Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation/Land Use Connections Program Grant)
Prince William County received a planning assistance grant from MWCOG TLC for consulting services to guide the character of development in the Innovation Park and Gainesville study areas. An integral component of the study is to evaluate the potential for multi-modal connectivity via bicycle, pedestrian paths, bus, or other transit.

Potomac Communities Design Guidelines Study
The Potomac Communities Design Guidelines Study consisted of a three-pronged approach to accomplish the task of preparing guidelines of build urban design recommendations for the various segments of Route 1.


Rural Preservation Study
The purpose of the Rural Preservation Study is to provide an overview of the County's rural preservation policies and 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.

Questions or Comments?

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