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​Welcome to the Prince William County Planning Office Website

Community Conversations on the Comprehensive Plan

Citizen involvement in developing the 2040 Comprehensive Plan is critical.  You are invited to attend any of the three community conversations, conveniently located across the County.  Please share your thoughts,  ideas, and suggestions with the Planning Office and other County agencies to help shape the ongoing Comprehensive Plan update and the future of Prince William County. Help us keep Prince William a Community of Choice! Each meeting is an open-house style event and runs from 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30

Tuesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 14

The same information was provided at each meeting.

What's Up In Adjacent Jurisdictions?

​Curious about what neighboring jurisdictions, including our towns, are doing with development adjacent to Prince William County? When Prince William County receives notices from other jurisdictions, we will post them on our website. Click here to see what's up in our adjacent jurisdictions and towns.

What We Do

The Planning Office has three divisions: Long Range Planning, Current Planning, and Zoning Administration. The office is responsible for the development and implementation of the County's Comprehensive Plan, reviewing development applications, supporting land use tools and policies, and lastly acting as staff to the boards, committees, and commissions.  

Development Applications:
   Comprehensive Plan Amendments
   Public Facilities
   Rezonings & Proffer Amendments
   Special Use Permits
   Zoning Approval & Administration
   Zoning Appeals & Variances
Boards, Commissions and Committees:
   Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee
   Architectural Review Board
   Board of Zoning Appeals
   DCSM/Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee
   Historical Commission
   Planning Commission
   Trails and Blueways Council 

Interactive Online Comprehensive Plan

The Planning Office invites you to explore the new online interactive Prince William County Comprehensive Plan at The new format includes the recently adopted Technical Update to the Comprehensive Plan, the first step in the Comprehensive Plan Update, which included seven chapters and three sector plans. For further information regarding Prince William County's Comprehensive Plan Update status, schedule, and process, visit If you have any questions or comments, please visit

Comprehensive Plan Update

​The Prince William County Comprehensive Plan contains a strategy for responsible, fiscally-sound growth to produce a vibrant, prosperous, stable, "livable" community. On August 3, 2016, the Board of County Supervisors approved the scope of work for a Comprehensive Plan Update. The update has been divided into sections:

Work sessions focusing on different sections and chapters will be held periodically during the update process. Meetings and work sessions will be announced as they are scheduled and will be open to the public. Sign up for the Planning Announcements eNotifications to receive messages about plan updates and events.

Bristoe Station and Kettle Run Battlefields Preservation Study

​The purpose of this Study is to document both the Bristoe Station and 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. Prince William County contracted Commonwealth Heritage Group to conduct this study.

Planning Office eNotifications

Sign up for automatic notifications for topics you are interested in relating to the county. Planning Office related options include: Comprehensive Plan Announcements, Current Planning Announcements, Planning Announcements, Planning Commission Agenda, Trails and Blueways Council, and Zoning Text Amendments. Go to the eNotifications web page and sign up for these and other notifications.

Mission Statement

To implement the Board's Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan goals, the Planning Office collaborates with the community and its customers to achieve a high quality of life and regional identity, through innovative land use planning.


 Planning Events

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 18
6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 19
7:00 pm
Monday, December 24
12:00 am
Tuesday, December 25
12:00 am

 News & Announcements

  • Contact Information

    May 31, 2017

    The Planning Office is located in the Development Services Building 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

    Zoning Administration Office Contact Information:
       Phone: 703-792-7615
       Fax: 703-792-4401 


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