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 neighborhoods with custom solutions that address their unique challenges and 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. The architecture will blend into the surrounding lower density residential and neighborhood commercial areas, creating an inviting transition into the residential, commercial and recreational opportunities located within. Street level activities create an environment where pedestrian movement takes precedence over vehicular movement, and parking is convenient but inconspicuous. It includes the addition of a town center envisioned as a Gateway to Prince William County: One of regional prominence, taking full advantage of the area’s location.
North Woodbridge requires true redevelopment as it already has multiple under-utilized strip malls and vacant lots, with +/- 54 separate parcels with +/- 35 separate owners. There is no single development proposal for the area, and there is a strong desire by the affected owners to allow flexibility to respond to market conditions. The following ranges were recommended as targets for redevelopment of this area, providing flexibility for the development community and a framework for evaluating development proposals:
- Office: 500,000 to 750,000 GSF
- Residential: 2,500 to 3,500 multi-family units (to include the 720 unit approved with rezoning 2005-00565, at 56 units to the acre)
- Retail: 250,000 to 500,000 GSF
- Hotel: 260 rooms
- Recreation: Occoquan Marina (with allowable expansion); Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (relocated as close to the Occoquan River as feasible); usable public open spaces located throughout the UMU area.
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