County summary of intent of Centers of Community concept (previously on county website, but county has since removed links)

Centers of Community should be neighborhood centers for residents to live, shop, dine, recreate, and congregate. Centers of Community are to be overlay designations on the Long Range Land Use Map, proposed with the 2008 Land Use and Housing Update. The concept was developed by the Land Use Advisory Committee, and its purpose is to allow a mechanism by which Smart Growth can be implemented in select areas of the County.
Centers of Community, as shown on the Long Range Land Use Plan Map, should be located at or near the intersections of principal arterials and/or major collector roads, transit hubs, and commuter lots, and should generally encompass land within 1/2 mile of the center. Characteristics of Centers of Community should include internal pedestrian walkability, local serving retail and office uses, and a range of housing types and densities. See maps below for proposed locations of Centers of Community:


Aerial Map

Long Range Land Use Map

Zoning Map

Bristow/Broad Run

Bull Run

Chinn Park

Dale City


Forest Park

Hunter’s Wood

Aerial Map

Lake Manassas



Piedmont Station


Portsmouth Station

Prince William Commons


Signal Hill

Somerset Crossing

Aerial Map

Staples Mill 

Aerial Map

University Village



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