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Planning Commission

The Prince William County Planning Commission is a panel of eight citizens appointed by the Board of County Supervisors to advise the Board on land use and development issues in the County. The Planning Commission generally meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month unless there is no agenda. No meetings are scheduled for August unless there is a special agenda. The meetings are open to the public.  *Please note - a link to hear the PC audio live will appear when the meeting begins.   

Upcoming Public Hearings, Work Sessions & EVENTS

Although Executive Order 53 from the Governor exempts the operation of government, the Planning Commission will implement health and safety measures before and during any meeting to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with federal and state health and safety guidance. Any members of the public who attend a meeting will be expected to comply with these measures, including being physically spaced at least 6 feet apart, both in the board chambers and the atrium.  It is highly recommended that masks be worn at all times in county government buildings.

If a member of the public would like to comment on an agenda item or other County business, but does not want or is unable to attend a meeting in person, they may register to speak remotely during Public Comment time or on scheduled cases, by clicking HERE! (Note: Registration will be available at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday, one week prior the Planning Commission hearing date, and closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the hearing.) Comments may be sent to clerkPC@pwcgov.org.  In addition, the public is always welcome to call or email the full Planning Commission or individual Planning Commission members. Please note that under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, comments, including any personally identifiable information that is included in the comments, are subject to public inspection.


december 2, 2020

Board Chambers, James J. McCoart Administration Building
1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA  22192

Public Hearing

Prior to a scheduled public hearing, property owners within 500 feet of the proposed case are notified by mail of the upcoming hearing and, in the case of some applications, the homeowners association and/or civic associations are notified.  The public hearing is advertised in local newspapers and the property is posted with public hearing signs. 

  During the public hearing:

  • The applicant addresses the Commission, and presents the proposal;
  • Planning Office staff will address the Commission stating their recommendation, and provide further information or clarification if requested; and
  • Citizens in support of or in opposition to the proposed change have an opportunity to give testimony.
The Planning Commission then discusses the proposal and may question the case planner, other staff and/or the applicant.  After discussion, the Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of County Supervisors to either approve or deny the proposal.  The Commission may also continue the hearing or defer action on the proposal but must make its final recommendation to the Board within 90 days of the first public hearing.  

Audio Archives and Meeting Minutes   

The recorded audio of the Planning Commission hearing is uploaded the day after the meeting. Meeting minutes are available after Planning Commission approval.  Planning Commission briefs and audio archives are available here.  

Work Sessions

A Work Session may be scheduled to discuss specific topics that will be brought to the Commission for consideration and formal discussion.  Upcoming Work Session Schedule  

Questions or comments?

  • Email: ClerkPC@pwcgov.org
  • Phone: 703-792-7615
  • Fill out the Planning Comment Form
  • Please note that under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, comments, including any personally identifiable information that is included in the comments, are subject to public inspection.

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