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Small Area Plan: Independent Hill


The Independent Hill Small Area Plan offers an opportunity to coordinate existing and planned developments into both a visionary plan and an implementation plan with actionable steps to establish Independent Hill as a mixed-use village.  The small area plan is an opportunity to build a community that promotes economic development while creating a dynamic multi-faceted home for the residents of Independent Hill.


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)

Meet with County agencies, external agencies, and other stakeholders to collect additional background information

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

  • Introduce the small area plan project and charrette process
  • Conduct SWOT & TOWS 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
  • Link to items from charrette:

Task 4: Draft Document (In Process)

Staff will draft the plan based on the findings of the background research, stakeholder meetings, town hall meetings, and charrette with particular emphasis on:

  • Strategic plan implementation
  • Design guidelines
  • Economic development analysis
  • Implementation and phasing plan
  • Conduct a Visual Preference Survey, (VPS), in order to help establish design objectives/guidelines. Potential VPS topics may include:
    • 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: Hearing Process

  • Planning Commission Hearing
  • Board of County Supervisors Hearing

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 to David McGettigan, Long-Range Development Manager, at


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