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Grant Program to Study VRE Expansion in Western Prince William County

​Prince William County has received a $50,000 planning assistance grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation/Land Use Connections Program (MWCOG TLC). This grant provides consulting services through the MWCOG TLC Program to create a corridor/transit-oriented development (TOD) plan to guide the character of the development connecting the Innovation Park and Gainesville town center proposals to the proposed Virginia Railway Express (VRE) stations including consideration of density, form, land use, and transit options. An integral component of the study will be to evaluate the potential for last mile transit connections from the VRE stations to the town centers via bicycle, pedestrian, bus, or other transit. Study web page

2015 Build-Out Analysis Now Available

​The Prince William County 2015 Build-Out Analysis is now available.

The Build-Out Analysis is an annual publication produced by the Planning Office that provides an update on growth in Prince William County. Information is pulled from occupancy permits, rezonings, special use permits, and Comprehensive Plan amendments that were issued or approved during the reporting year.

The Build-Out Analysis provides a projection of maximum and future development based on the Long-Range Land Use Plan and helps determine quantity and location of future growth for Prince William County.
Build-Out Analysis web page

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

New and Improved Development Application Processing Schedule (DAPS)

The Development Application Processing Schedule, or DAPS, is available again. The information is the same but the process is different. Instead of creating the report on a bi-weekly basis, the DAPS report now updates automatically on a nightly basis and will be available from now on by clicking on the link to the report that is on the Planning Pending Cases page. If you have any questions please call the Planning Office at 703-792-7615.

Pending Cases Interactive Web Map Application

Recently added to the Planning Office website is a new interactive map application, Pending Planning Cases, that has up-to-date information about all of the cases in process by the Planning Office. Use the Development Services ePortal System to get up-to-date information on development activity in the county for activities such as rezonings, special use permits, proffer amendments, construction and land permits, site plan submissions and inspection schedules. Registration may be required to access some of the information available in ePortal.

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:
   Special Use Permits
   Public Facilities
   Zoning Approval & Administration
   Zoning Appeals
   Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Boards, Commissions + Committees:
   Planning Commission
   Board of Zoning Appeals
   Historical Commission
   Trails and Blueways Council
   Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee
   Architectural Review Board
   DCSM/Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee


The mission of the Planning Office is to assist the community in developing the County to its best potential. Planning staff evaluates and implements policies to support the goals of the community as it prospers and matures.


 Planning Events

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 3
6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 3
7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 9
2:00 pm
Tuesday, May 9
7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 10
7:30 pm

 News & Announcements

  • Contact Information

    June 9, 2015

    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: 703-792-4758


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