Alexandria's Strategic Plan

The City’s Strategic Plan is a tool to guide the City and community toward a future we collectively envision for our city. City staff and officials consider the Strategic Plan when developing, implementing or reviewing programs and services, and in considering requests for fiscal resources. This page provides information about current and past strategic planning efforts.

Page updated on Jul 23, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Learn about the planning process for the FY 2017-2022 Strategic Plan and how you can get involved.

Imagine the year 2022 in Alexandria. Imagine how you work, how you play, how you experience your community. How do you get around? Where do you spend your time? What has changed? What has stayed the same? The City of Alexandria needs your help to create our next strategic plan. 

What's New?

  • Participate in the development of the Strategic Plan by taking part in an activity to prioritize goals specific to each draft theme developed earlier in the process. Options for participating:
    • Go online by visiting this page and select indicators you believe are most important for the City to focus on in the next 6 years. Performance indicators will be included in the draft Plan and will help the City track its progress toward its strategic goals. These indicators will be monitored for the life of the plan, and will help inform City government work and budget priorities. The deadline for this online participation opportunity is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, August 14th

      Note: The indicators were developed through a series of eight work sessions with City departments and were oriented around each draft City Strategic Plan theme. Where possible, staff selected indicators from existing City plans (e.g. Eco-City Alexandria) and/or emulated national and regional best-practices. As part of the selection process, all indicators were expected to be measurable, able to be influenced by City work, and relevant to all of Alexandria (rather than a particular region or neighborhood alone).  
    • Drop in on one of a series of in-person open houses throughout the city and provide your input; staff will be on hand to answer questions about the prioritization activity (please check the website regularly for updated times and locations):
      • Tuesday, July 19, 7:30-9:30 a.m., ESP Coffee, 1012 King Street
      • Tuesday, July 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive
      • Wednesday, July 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m., YMCA, 420 East Monroe Avenue
      • Thursday, July 21, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Starbucks at Bradlee, 3690 King Street
      • Thursday, July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Charles Houston Rec Center, 901 Wythe Street
      • CANCELLED: Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market, 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue
      • Wednesday, July 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue
  • Progress update to City Council, June 30 (Video)

Community Participation

The FY 2017-2022 City Strategic Plan is an opportunity for City Council to work with members of the community to establish the City’s strategic direction and priorities for the coming years. Throughout this planning process, the community will have several opportunities to participate and provide feedback in-person and online. Staff has developed a Civic Engagement Schedule and Civic Engagement Framework, which follows the goals and strategies outlined in the What's Next Alexandria Civic Engagement Handbook

Previous Meeting Materials and Information

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 - Community Meeting  
    Samuel Tucker Elementary School Cafeteria, 435 Ferdinand Day Drive
  • AlexEngage, April-May, 2016 
    On Saturday, April 9, a public meeting was held to develop draft statements for each of the Strategic Plan themes based on feedback provided by the community at previous meetings and online. From April 15 - May 9, the community was invited to provide additional input on the draft statements by visiting AlexEngage.


In the fall of 2015, City Council approved the general outline for a proposed spring 2016 process to draft an updated City Strategic Plan. The current Alexandria City Strategic Plan was intended to be in effect until 2015. The new Plan will use community input as the foundation to define the results of community values; communicate a clear direction to the public and City Government; include measures and targets to more easily track progress, share success, and identify and solve problems; set a six-year plan from FY 2017-2022 with a mid-point check-in/refinement in FY 2019; and align with the City’s performance management system, Results Alexandria. The draft City Strategic Plan will be considered for adoption by City Council in the fall of 2016. 

Key Project Documents and Reference Materials

Previous 2004-2015 Strategic Planning Process

Alexandria's Strategic Plan for 2004-2015 was adopted by City Council in 2004, and amended in 2006. It was replaced by the updated Strategic Plan approved in June 2010.

The links below provide meeting and materials information for the 2004-2015 Strategic Planning process:

  • Goal 1: Alexandria has quality development and redevelopment, support for local businesses and a strong, diverse and growing local economy.
  • Goal 2: Alexandria respects, protects and enhances the health of its citizens and the quality of its natural environment.
  • Goal 3: A multimodal transportation network that supports sustainable land use and provides internal mobility and regional connectivity for Alexandrians.
  • Goal 4: Alexandria is a community that supports and enhances the well-being, success and achievement of children, youth and families.
  • Goal 5: Alexandria is financially sustainable, efficient, community oriented and values its employees.
  • Goal 6: The City protects the safety and security of its residents, businesses, employees and visitors.
  • Goal 7: Alexandria is a caring and inclusive community that values its rich diversity, history and culture, and promotes affordability.


Contact Radhika Mohan, Planning and Zoning, or 703.746.3850.