City of Alexandria, VA
The Waterfront Plan is a 20-30 year vision for the City’s waterfront vicinity, from Daingerfield Island in the north to Jones Point in the south. The Plan was approved by City Council in January 2012. 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, and ensuring compatible development.
Three redevelopment sites are highlighted in the planning area, those being Robinson Terminal North and South, as well as the Cummings-Turner Block located between Prince and Duke Streets along The Strand. The Plan contains specific recommendations regarding improvements to these sites, including public access, monetary and other contributions for public amenities. Learn about development activity occurring within the boundaries of the Waterfront Plan.
The Waterfront Plan is grounded in improvements to the public spaces - access and pedestrian infrastructure, marina upgrades and expansion, shoreline treatments, park design and programming, as well as incorporating Art and History within the context of open space all along the waterfront. The design and engineering for major improvements - including landscape and park planning as well as flood mitigation are currently underway. Learn about these and other public space improvements.
The Waterfront Plan recommends a variety of parking and circulation improvements and studies to inform policy moving forward. A Union Street Corridor Study is currently underway, and the Old Town Area Parking Study workgroup has been reconstituted in order to advise on parking initiatives in Old Town, including within the Waterfront area. Learn about these and other transportation planning efforts as Plan implementation continues.
The purpose of the Alexandria Waterfront Commission is to advise the City Council and staff on issues related to Alexandria's historic Potomac River waterfront, and advise on implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan. The Commission is composed of 21 members representing a particular neighborhood, community organization, or City committee. The Commission was established by City Council on April 14, 2012, and replaces the Waterfront Committee, which was founded in 1989. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at City Hall Room 2000, 301 King Street, unless otherwise indicated on the agenda. Learn about activities of the Commission and upcoming meetings.
The Alexandria waterfront hosts a variety of events year-round. Learn about what’s going on along the Waterfront.