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Small Area Plan: Parkway Employment Center


This small area plan is an update of the existing Parkway Employment Center Sector Plan, which is a plan to address the specific land use needs and opportunities near I-95. A small area plan offers an opportunity to revisit and synthesize existing plans and consolidate them into a small area plan with a single vision and implementation plan with actionable steps toward establishing the Parkway Employment Center as a gateway into and employment center within the County.

Project Methodology

The Small Area Plan process consists of the following tasks:

Task 1: Conduct Background Research (Complete)

Task 2: Hold Preliminary Stakeholder Meetings (Complete)

Task 3: Hold a Public Town Hall Meeting (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 Charrette was held on March 14 and 15, 2018 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Mount Olive Baptist Church. Below are links to the exercise results from each of the three break-out tables at the charrette:

Task 4: Draft Document (Active Task)

  • Draft
  • 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

Task 6: Hearing Process

  • Planning Commission Hearing - Recommended Approval
  • Board of County Supervisors Hearing
    • To be determined

Benefit to Prince William County

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, as well as provide economic development analysis. The small area plan will contain recommendations on how to improve the strategies, land use regulations, and incentives for development, 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


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