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Comprehensive Plan

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The Comprehensive Plan is a general guide to the location, character, and extent of proposed or anticipated land use, including public facilities. It provides guidance for land use development decisions made by the Planning Commission and the Board of County Supervisors. Section 15.2-2223 of the Virginia Code requires every governing body to adopt a comprehensive plan for the physical development of the territory within its jurisdiction. The Code further requires that comprehensive plans be reviewed every five years to ensure that the plan is responsive to current circumstances and that its goals continue to be supported by the citizenry. Each comprehensive plan is based on an analysis of current land use and potential future growth, and the facilities needed to serve existing and future residents. These services and facilities include items such as roads, parks, water and sewer systems, schools, fire stations, police facilities, and libraries. On August 3, 2016 the Board of County Supervisors approved the scope of work for the update to the Plan. For progress and more information regarding the update visit the Comprehensive Plan Update web page.
The Prince William County Comprehensive Plan contains a strategy for responsible, fiscally-sound growth to produce a vibrant, prosperous, stable, "livable" community. It contains recommendations for future land use, transportation systems, schools, parks, libraries, historic and environmental resources, and other resources, facilities, and services. It is implemented through Plan maps, the Capital Improvements Program, the subdivision ordinance, and the Zoning Ordinance and Map.
The 2008 Prince William County Comprehensive Plan was officially adopted by the Board of County Supervisors on March 18, 2008. The Comprehensive Plan is sold out in hard-copy form and due to the on-going update to the Plan there will not be another printing of the Plan for sale. You may view and print versions of the Plan documents below. Large format maps (1"=3000' and 1"=5280') listed below are available for purchase from the GIS Office.

Comprehensive Plan Chapters



Questions or comments?

  • Send an email to
  • Call the Planning Office at 703-792-7615
  • Visit the Planning Office in the Development Services Building at 5 County Complex Court Suite 210, Prince William, Virginia 22192


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