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Long Range Educational Facilities Work Plan

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Public School System (ACPS) are jointly developing a work program for a Long Range Educational Facilities Plan to improve facilities planning, accommodate the growing student population, and enhance educational programs and services. Learn more about this collaboration and efforts to address these issues.

What's Next, Alexandria? Promoting and Improving Civic Engagement

What's Next Alexandria is a community conversation about civic engagement and planning for the future and how Alexandrians can best participate in the public decisions that shape the City. In this process, we will work together to reach agreement on the principles that will guide civic engagement and planning in Alexandria. 

Beauregard Small Area Plan Implementation

Implementation of the Beauregard Small Area Plan, adopted by City Council on June 16, 2012, is underway. On June 26, 2012 City Council adopted a resolution to establish the 11-member Beauregard Rezoning Advisory Group. City staff is reviewing a proposal to rezone some properties within the plan area to a Coordinated Development District and to adopt design guidlines. Visit the Beauregard Small Area Plan page for more information about the implementation efforts.


Waterfront Small Area Plan Implementation
On February 25, 2012 City Council adopted the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The Plan provides a framework for revitalizing Alexandria’s waterfront through several means, including:  incorporating Alexandria’s history as a foundation for planning and design, expanding and enhancing public open spaces, improving public access and connectivity, promoting the waterfront as an arts and cultural destination, ensuring compatible development. Find more information about efforts to meet the Plan's goals and recommendations, and information regarding the Waterfront Commission established by City Council in April 2012.
Plans & Programs
Get information about past, present and future planning initiatives from long-range neighborhood plans to programs for small businesses and residents. Find information about the Parking Standards for New Development Projects StudyLong-Range Educational Facilities Plan, Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan Implementation, Arlandria Plan Implementation, A-Frame Sign Program and Outdoor Dining on King Street on the Plans, Programs and Initiatives page.
Alexandria continues to be a desirable location to live, work and play. The City’s collaborative development review process strives to balance quality development and the needs of the growing community. Current large-area development projects include Potomac Yard and the James Bland Redevelopment. Other projects include Landmark Mall redevelopment and the Jefferson Houston Elementary School redevelopment. The Active Development Project list (updated monthly) gives information about other projects in the City. Information on policies affecting development, such as the Rezoning Criteria and the Green Building Policy, Design Guidelines, and other resources can be found on the Development page.
Zoning & Permits

Get information about the City’s zoning regulations including residential infill regulations that apply to new houses, residential additions, front porches and garages. Find out about permits for King Street Outdoor Dining and A-frame signs, and resources for small businesses and home occupations.

Historic Preservation
There are several historic districts in the City including the Parker Gray and Old and Historic Districts. Find out more about the historic districts, the types of requests that are reviewed by staff and the Boards of Architectural Review and what makes Alexandria’s Historic Districts truly unique.  Recent projects under review in the Parker Gray and Old and Historic Districts include the Jefferson-Houston Elementary School Redevelopment and the Carr Hospitality proposal at 220 S. Union Street.
GIS & Maps

Get access to a variety of downloadable GIS maps of Alexandria, interact with several dynamic maps online, or learn more about the City's GIS operations.

301 King Street, Room 2100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6393

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