Development Process

The City of Alexandria is committed to providing the most accelerated development review process in the region and facilitates collaboration between the community and the applicant.

The city works with the applicant to ensure the project meets basic land use requirements and major issues are generally identified and discussed. During this time, the city and applicant may also present the proposal to local civic associations in the vicinity of the proposed development.

For more information on the city's development process, please see the City of Alexandria Development Review Process brochure.

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  • CONCEPT SITE PLAN REVIEW

    The development review process begins with a conceptual site plan or design scheme proposed by the applicant. The city works with the applicant to ensure the project meets basic land use requirements and major issues are generally identified and discussed. During this time, the city and applicant may also present the proposal to local civic associations in the vicinity of the proposed development.

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  • PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN REVIEW

    Once the city has reviewed the applicant’s proposal presented in Phase 1, the applicant submits an official application that is more detailed for staff review.

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  • PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL HEARINGS

    After staff determines that the application is complete, the development proposal then goes before the Alexandria Planning Commission and City Council (Development Special Use Permits only) for approval or denial.

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    Citizens
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  • FINAL SITE PLAN REVIEW

    After the Alexandria Planning Commission and/or City Council have approved the development proposal, the final site plan review phase begins. In this phase, the applicant submits a more detailed site plan that is consistent with the conditions of approval that were approved at the public hearing. This phase continues until the city is satisfied the final site plan has met all conditions. Once approved and released, this site plan will act as the official site plan to be submitted with all building permits and used for site construction.

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