Environmental Issues Related to Site Development

There are a number of issues that you must consider during the development process.  The information below will assist you in the planning and inspection phases of your project.

Plan Review
As part of the development process, a plan must be created and reviewed for each parcel.  County staff will review all site plans to ensure they conform to standards found in the following manuals:

The County will review the following  types of plans:  


  • Buffers / Tree Conservation / Landscaping Plans

Site Inspections

Prince William County site inspectors will inspect and review your site for compliance with:


Building in Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Environmentally sensitive areas often require additional review to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.  County staff will review plans for compliance in: 

  • Floodplains and Floodways
  • Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Areas (RPA)
  • Chesapeake Bay Resource Management Areas (RMA)
  • Shorelines. Streams, Creeks, and Waterways
  • Wetlands
  • Other environmentally sensitive areas

Stormwater Management Easements

  • Easements in your yard
  • Easements alongside roadways
  • Stormwater management ponds
  • Other stormwater management facilities