The North Woodbridge Small Area Plan (SAP) covers 160 acres nestled along the Occoquan River and Route 1, between I-95 and Belmont Bay Wildlife Refuge. (Learn more on the County website.) SAPs focus on just part of a jurisdiction, allowing those stakeholders to shape their neighborhood with custom solutions that address their unique challenges and  leverage strengths.

A North Woodbridge Masterplan written in 2008 calls for a development pattern that will successfully merge traditional urban form – narrow streets, wide sidewalks, transit opportunities, interesting architecture, and inviting public areas – with the services and conveniences that cater to the modern market.

We have seen progress towards this, with widening of Route 1, improvements to VRE stations, opening of town centers and a nearly 50-mile system of trails and sidewalks. A more recent Charrette, in March 2018, again invited residents to outline their community vision, which echoes what was laid out in 2008, with calls for:

  • Dense, mixed use town centers positioned near transit (VRE, ferry, bus, etc.)
  • Multi-modal transportation
  • A mix of housing types/affordability
  • High quality design
  • Green/open space and parks
  • Economic development/attract employers
  • Protect cultural resources
  • Safe and secure community
Read highlights from that multi-day planning session or watch video coverage below.  In December 2018, Supervisor Principi hosted a town hall where he released Charrette findings, discussing how these would be incorporated into a new North Woodbridge Small Area Plan. The Urban Land Institute also presented its recommendations for creating a thriving waterfront area here, anchored by Fast Ferry and other transit.

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