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, road networks, transit and businesses, Woodbridge, Virginia offers a wealth of opportunity for thoughtfully planned mixed-use, “smart” development that enhances our community by making basic life essentials such as school, work and recreation, easily accessible from home.

These type of smart growth principles are central to the Vision of a New Woodbridge. Varied housing choices, a vibrant mix of land uses, walkable neighborhoods, preserved open space and strong community and business collaboration enhance the quality of life and economic vitality for our residents.

Town centers are an easily recognizable product of smart growth, serving as hubs of community activity within or adjacent to residential areas. Woodbridge has five of these in various stages of development, in strategic locations along Route 1:

The next step is to connect these town centers, so that residents can easily access amenities in any of the centers, allowing them to take advantage of the opportunities that each offers to live, work and play within the community. A 50-mile Woodbridge Bicycle & Pedestrian Loop now supports this dynamic, which is bolstered by the widening of Route 1 to six lanes, with additional infrastructure improvements underway.

Other recent development projects that adhere to these smart growth principles, strengthening economic potential through educational and employment opportunities, include George Mason University Potomac Science CenterRegional Center for Workforce Education and Training and the Grubb’s Environmental Center at the Mooney Water Reclamation Facility. The surgery center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center also  creates high-paying jobs while improving the quality of life for area residents, providing convenient access to a full range of modern medical care.

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