Projects & Plans: Planning for the Future

Information about City strategic plans, master plans, studies and guidance policies.

Page updated on Jan 18, 2016 at 1:32 PM


The Alexandria Master Plan is made up of 18 Small Area Plans covering neighborhoods throughout the city, as well as topical chapters of citywide relevancy, such as Historic Preservation, Urban Design, Transportation, and Open Space. The Alexandria Master Plan was adopted by the City Council on June 13, 1992, and chapters are added or updated on an ongoing basis as needed through Master Plan Amendments. Any revisions will be posted on this page.


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.

The Children, Youth & Families Collaborative Commission developed the  Children and Youth Master Plan as the basis for the coordination, alignment and delivery of effective services to all city children and youth from birth to 21 years-old and their families.

Investing in early care and education today will provide all of us with a strong return on tomorrow.


Early in 2007, under the Mayor and City Council's direction, the City of Alexandria partnered with Virginia Tech's Department of Urban Affairs and Planning located in Alexandria to develop a new and holistic strategic environmental planning process called Eco-City Alexandria. The ultimate goal was to create an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan to guide Alexandria toward environmental sustainability.


Green Buildings have been identified by the City as a major component of its commitment to sustainable development. The City’s initiatives through its strategic plan, commitment to Green Building of City facilities, and the adoption and phased implementation of the Eco-City Charter lay the foundations for the wider adoption of Green Building practice in the City of Alexandria.


The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria City Public School System (ACPS) jointly developed the 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.

The Office of Management & Budget (OMB) prepares the annual operating budget, the capital improvement program, and performs on-going fiscal and management analyses of City programs while conducting research and analysis in such areas as improving operational efficiency and cost effectiveness, performance measures, organizational structure and processes, and the acquisition and use of state and federal resources. FY 2018 Budget, FY 2017 Budget, Capital Improvement Program, CIP,

On June 13, 2017, City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendation to adopt the North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan Update (SAP), amending the Plan approved in 2010. The adoption came after a 12-month community engagement process facilitated by the Ad Hoc North Potomac Yard Advisory Group. The 2017 SAP provides a path for the redevelopment and associated community amenities envisioned for North Potomac Yard.


On June 24, 2017, City Council approved the Planning Commission’s recommendation to adopt the Old Town North Small Area Plan and the associated Old Town North Urban Design Standards and Guidelines, amending the 1992 Old Town North Small Area Plan Chapter of the Alexandria Master Plan. The adoption comes after a nearly two-year planning and community engagement process that included public meetings, open houses and design charrettes facilitated by the 21-member Advisory Group.

The Open Space Plan established a framework to address the City’s short and longer term open space needs by acknowledging and protecting the City’s existing open spaces and identifying additional open space opportunities for the future.

The Alexandria of Our Future, A Livable Community for All Ages; Strategic Plan on Aging 2013-2017


What's Next Alexandria, the City's 2012 – 2013 civic engagement initiative, culminated in City Council’s adoption of Resolution 2597, establishing Civic Engagement Principles and supporting processes as set forth in the What’s Next Alexandria Handbook for Civic Engagement, to guide Alexandria’s public decision-making processes. This page functions as a gateway for the community to find information and involvement opportunities on active citywide projects and initiatives.