Development Division

The Development Division works to retain and enhance Alexandria's quality of life by ensuring that development proposals are consistent with the City's Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance; consist of the highest quality building design, urban design and site planning; and provide an overall public benefit. To meet these challenges the Division employs a rigorous and responsive development review process, ensuring that the community is kept informed and encouraged to participate.

Page updated on Oct 14, 2016 at 3:44 PM

What's New

  • Fall 2016 West End Development Bulletin
    The West End Bulletin will be published by the Department of Planning and Zoning three times per year. Projects featured in the newsletter are west of Quaker Lane in the city's West End.
  • The Middleton TownhousesMiddletonProjectFinal2016

    Over the past few years several new infill townhouse projects have been approved in Old Town.  These developments have replaced lots that have been vacant, used as parking lots or otherwise occupied by vacant or less desirable buildings.   The Middleton project consists of four newly constructed townhouses at the corner of Royal and Princess Streets (see 'Before' image).  The existing commercial structures on the property were demolished and the property divided into four lots. Two parking spaces are included at the rear of each townhome with access from an abutting alley, eliminating the need for new curb cuts.  The three story homes were skillfully designed to blend into the historic fabric with a traditional building design and improved streetscape, adding brick sidewalks and new street trees.

  • Gateway at King & BeauregardGatewayKingandBeauregardFeb2016

    The Gateway at King & Beauregard project was approved at the November 14, 2015 City Council meeting. It is a mixed-use development located on a 5-acre site at the intersection of King Street and N. Beauregard Street, near the border with Arlington County. As proposed, the project will consist of 352 residential units, 71,000 square square feet of office space, and significant ground-floor retail, including a new Harris Teeter grocery store. The development provides a number of public benefits, including 74 dedicated affordable housing units, a new BRT stop, on-site public art, a Capital Bikeshare station, and redevelopment of a long-vacant site. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017. (Information can also be found on this associated infrastructure page.)

  • National Science FoundationNSFHoffman20130916

    The 2 acre site for the new National Science Foundation headquarters is located on the north side of Eisenhower Avenue, across from the Eisenhower Metro Station.  The proposed office building will consist of approximately 698,000 square feet of total floor area with 22,000 square feet of ground floor retail. The building is currently under construction with occupancy anticipated in the summer of 2016. This project will also include a $750,000 contribution to the Eisenhower Avenue Improvement Fund.

Active and Recent Development Projects and Future Development Areas


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    Past Development Projects

    Visit this page for information on past development projects.

    Contact Us

    Department of Planning and Zoning
    Development Division
    301 King Street, Suite 2100
    Alexandria, Virginia 22313 (map)
    Phone: 703.746.4666
    Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

    All Development Staff can be reached at the above phone number:

    • Rob Kerns, Division Chief
    • Maya Contreras, Principal Planner
    • Dirk Geratz, Principal Planner
    • Nathan Imm, Urban Planner 
    • Emily Oaksford, Urban Planner
    • Ryan Price, Urban Planner
    • Nathan Randall, Urban Planner
    • Shaun Smith, Urban Planner
    • Michael Swidrak, Urban Planner
    • Gary Wagner, Principal Planner