December 2021

Land Use and Zoning in VA and DC

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Local Updates

Prince William County

On October 5, 2021, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors adopted Zoning Text Amendment #DPA2017-00018; Distribution and Fulfillment Center. Additionally, the County has 830 acres that are currently viable for data centers.

Fairfax County

The County launched a new Parking Reimagine Project to recommend amendments to current parking maximums and minimums throughout the County. Community input is now requested, and final recommendations to the Board are planned for late 2022.

County staff is currently developing a series of proposed revisions to the County's Site-Specific Comprehensive Plan Amendment process. These changes are intended to streamline the nomination and review process for both landowners and County staff and commissions. More information about the proposed SSPA revisions is expected to be released in early 2022.


In November, the County Board considered a series of zoning ordinance amendments designed to permit additional flexibility for ground floor retail uses along the Columbia Pike Corridor. Additionally, the County recently released updated planning materials in connection with the ongoing Pentagon City Planning Study and Missing Middle Housing Study.

The County Board took a preliminary vote on the Pentagon City Sector Plan on December 11, with final action scheduled for February. This will bring millions of square feet of new density into the neighborhood hosting Amazon and the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.

City of Alexandria

The Arlandria Chirilagua Plan was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on December 8. It is currently set to go before the City Council on December 18. Property owners, developers, and other parties interested in the Arlandria Chirilagua area should follow the approval process to stay up to date on the latest development recommendations within this area.

Washington, DC

After years of deliberation, a major zoning text amendment that includes revisions to the penthouse regulations in D.C. will become effective December 24, 2021. These changes aim to provide greater flexibility for penthouses in both low density neighborhoods and on large commercial projects. Changes include the addition of by-right penthouses for certain projects where penthouses were previously restricted and greater flexibility for penthouse setbacks in certain districts. Other changes include expansion of the inclusionary zoning program as it applies to penthouses.