Smart growth is a way to build cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are economically prosperous, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable.


With a strong foundation of established neighborhoods and existing businesses, Woodbridge, Virginia offers a wealth of opportunity for thoughtfully planned mixed-use development that enhances the quality of life and economic vitality for all who reside in our community.

The vision for this “New Woodbridge” is built around smart growth principles like varied housing choices, a vibrant mix of land uses, walkable neighborhoods, preserved open space, and strong community and business collaboration.

New Woodbridge calls for the completion of five town centers, in strategic locations down Route 1:

The next step is to connect each of these town centers, so that residents are able to live in one town center, work in another and then play in a third. A 50-mile Woodbridge Bicycle & Pedestrian Loop now makes that possible, also bolstered by the widening of Route 1 to six lanes and additional infrastructure improvements now underway.

Other development projects that adhere to these smart growth principles include George Mason University Potomac Science Center, Workforce Development Center at Northern Virginia Community College, the Grubb’s Environmental Center at the Mooney Water Reclamation Facility, and the new surgery center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.