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Community Meeting: Pathway to 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update

Thursday, Feb 10 at 6 pm, details HERE.

To share your views virtually, click here. To attend the in-person event register here and fill out the form here.

The Planning Office has released a draft version of the Land Use Chapter and Land Use Map. This new plan eliminates the Rural Crescent, opening some areas for increased densities and others for new industrial development. Read the PW Times article here.

Additionally, several Comprehensive Plan Amendments including the House Farm Data Center Application are shown on the map, where land use designations may be approved en masse without individual public hearing. See map to view all pending cases.

Upcoming Events

Flower and a bee

4th Annual Native Plant Symposium

Saturday, Feb 12 9am | $15 | Register here

Keynote Speaker - Matt Bright, Earth Sangha

Tickets are still available for this virtual event. Whether you are new to native plants and what they can do for your property or you are looking for alternative landscaping ideas, this event is for you!

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Will we ever get Metrorail in Prince William?

Monday, Feb 28, 7 pm | Register here

Join us for a discussion with Charlie Grymes on how the 2040 Comprehensive Plan could support Prince William County getting Metrorail or how it will sabotage it. Opening remarks from Supervisor Victor Angry.

Flowering Dogwood

Tree Giveaway 2022!

Saturday, March 5, 10 am | Register here

It's that time of year again for our Tree Giveaway! Register and pick up 2 free seedlings: 1 dogwood, 1 redbud. More details are on the registration page.

Conway Robinson

Walk at Conway Robinson

Sunday, March 6, 1 pm | Register here

Spend an afternoon walking in the woods and relishing a special forest worth protecting. Jordan Herring, Senior Area Forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, will lead a tour of this protected area, highlighting the benefits of the forest to local flora and fauna and to our broader community.

Data Center Next to Prince William Forest Park

We have two (!) national parks: Prince William Forest Park and Manassas National Battlefield. Together, these serve as anchors on the east and west ends of the county for the Rural Crescent. They capture the transition from the Potomac River's tidal wetlands to Bull Run Mountain, helping protect a landscape that is unlike any other within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

But despite their many benefits, both our National Parks are threatened by proposed data center development at their borders. At Prince William Forest Park, a new rezoning (and accompanying special use permit) seeks approval to build data centers on property that is within the Park's Congressional boundary and covers wetlands and streams at the headwaters of Quantico Creek.

Read more here.

From the January 20th and 27th community meetings

Watch the Data Center Overlay meeting HERE

Watch the PW Gateway meeting in-person HERE and virtual HERE.

The Planning Office hosted a series of community meetings for the public to comment on the Data Center Opportunity Zone and the PW Gateway proposal. The in-person meeting on the 20th will be rescheduled after being canceled due to forecasted inclement weather. While the recordings are available for viewing, it is uncertain how these comments will be used or addressed throughout these processes.

Our comments for the PW Gateway focused on protecting the Occoquan Reservoir. "This proposal goes against our commitment to protecting our water supply and ensuring that future generations within the region have safe and plentiful drinking water," Read our comments here.

Read more about the meeting here.