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Small Area Plan: Dale City

IntroductionAerial Map of the Dale City Expanded Small Area Plan

The Dale City Small Area Plan is unique because it is refining several recent studies. The Dale City Sustainable Design Assessment Team and the Dale City Transportation and Land Use Connections grant projects have been recently completed. Each of these studies included public and stakeholder outreach in order to develop recommendations on how to maximize and improve existing communities in Dale City. A small area plan offers an opportunity to revisit and synthesize existing plans and studies and consolidate them into a small area plan with a single vision and implementation plan.

Project Methodology

The Small Area Plan process consists of the following tasks:

Task 1: Conduct Background Research (Complete)

  • Review the findings and recommendations in the Dale City SDAT Study

  • Review the findings and recommendations in the Dale City TLC Study
  • Review existing documents, studies/reports, Comprehensive Plan elements, and the Zoning Ordinance

Task 2: Hold Preliminary Stakeholder Meetings (Complete)

Task 3: Hold a Public Town Hall Visioning and Design Charrette (Complete)

  • Introduce the small area plan project and charrette process
  • Conduct SWOT analysis for the development of the vision, goals, objectives, and design guidelines
  • Conduct an exercise exploring the site analysis of existing conditions including assets and liabilities in the study area
  • Conduct a visioning exercise to create goals and objectives
  • Draft plan alternatives
  • Identify common themes
  • A Town Hall/Charrette was held on both March 11 and 14, 2019 from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. at the Regional Center for Workforce Education & Training on the NOVA campus. Below are links to the exercise results from each of the four break-out tables from the charrette:

Task 4: Draft Document (Active Task)

  • Staff will draft the plan based on the findings of the background research, stakeholder meetings, town hall meeting, and charrette with particular emphasis on:
    • Strategic plan implementation
    • Design guidelines
    • Economic development analysis
    • Implementation and phasing plan
  • Conduct a visual preference survey in order to help establish design objectives/guidelines. Below are some potential VPS topics for a study area:
    • Architecture/density
    • Streetscapes
    • Sidewalks and trails including bicycles
    • Public/open spaces
    • Parking

Task 5: Hold a PC Work Session

  • August 7, 2019

    • An Open House will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Board Chambers, James J. McCoart Building, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192.
    • Work Session will begin at 6 p.m. in the Board Chambers.

Task 6: Public Hearing Process

  • Planning Commission Hearing
  • Board of County Supervisors Hearing

Benefit to Prince William County

The goal of this small area plan is to identify strategies to create opportunities to develop mixed-use communities in established areas of Dale City. Additionally, the plan will provide for improved pedestrian safety and connectivity and a sense of place. This plan will benefit Prince William County by ensuring long-tem economic and social viability through a series of achievable action strategies. This project will have the opportunity to address Prince William County's Strategic Plan goals and identify necessary improvements to the multi-modal transportation network with a focus on safety and connectivity. As a result of this study, the County also expects to highlight the potential for mixed-use communities, increased private sector investment, and improved transportation infrastructure.

Questions or comments

This page will be updated when meeting dates are scheduled. Questions, comments, or concerns may be submitted to the Planning Office at 703-792-7615, through the comment form, or email planning@pwcgov.org.

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