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Comprehensive Plan Amendments

the fee schedule for fiscal year 2021 is in effect on July 1, 2o2o. please make sure to use the new schedule with all new applications submitted to the planning office.

Zoning Fee Schedule          Special Use Permit Fee Schedule

Rezoning/Proffer Amendment Fee Schedule          Long-Range Fee Schedule

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications are normally reviewed annually. The application submission deadline is no later than the first Friday of the calendar year.

Please note this change of process for 2021: The Planning Office is updating the Land Use chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. During the review of all long-range land use designations countywide, Comprehensive Plan Amendment applications will be accepted including those associated with residential-only land if submitted by May 12, 2021. This window of opportunity will allow staff to evaluate each project for consideration in the Land Use updates of the Comprehensive Plan. All applications submitted before May 12, 2021 will be considered for initiation concurrently with the Comprehensive Plan Update.
  • The Planning Office will still accept out-of-turn CPA applications which include the following:

    • Applications within the Potomac Communities (areas east of I-95);
    • Applications for designated targeted industries;
    • Applications within an existing, or creating a new, Center of Commerce or Center of Community;
    • Applications for commercial or mixed-use development with a commitment to a concurrent rezoning;
    • Re-designation of public land to private use or ownership.
As the update to the Land Use chapter progresses, there will be several opportunities for the public to provide feedback, comments, and/or recommendations as part of the community input process.  Opportunities for the community input process will be posted as they are scheduled on the Planning Office website as well as being announced using the PWC Alerts notification system.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process

CPA applications are submitted to the Planning Office for staff review. The Planning Office staff will prepare an analysis and recommendation for consideration by the Planning Commission at a public hearing. The Planning Commission is a standing committee appointed by the Board of County Supervisors to advise the Board on land-use issues. At a subsequent public hearing, the Board will consider the case and the Commissioners' recommendation, and either approve or deny the application. The Board action is final.

It is recommended that prior to submitting a CPA application, a prospective applicant call the Planning Office at 703-792-7615 to schedule a pre-application meeting with a planner.  This allows for the early identification of possible issues regarding the property and the potential application. It also introduces the applicant to the review process.

If the CPA will have a concurrent rezoning application, the CPA should be initiated before the rezoning application is heard by the Planning Commission.

Pending Comprehensive Plan Amendments

 CPAs that have been filed may be found on the Pending Planning Cases Interactive Map Application.

Contact the Planning Office

To submit your comments, concerns or ideas on any of the pending comprehensive plan amendments, choose one of the options below:

  • Use the online Comment Form.

  • E-mail comments to planning@pwcgov.org. Use the case name or number as the subject.

  • Complete and print the Stakeholder Questionnaire and email the form, fax the form to 703-792-4401, or mail the form to:

    Planning Office
    5 County Complex Court, Suite 210
    Prince William, VA 22192 ​

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