See For Yourself: 35% Open Space in a Targeted Industry Development

Preservation and Transformation:

The Plan for Prince William

Digital Gateway


The County requires 20% open space on similar commercial projects.

This Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) as proposed in the corridor as a whole would achieve 35% open space.

Adoption of the Landowner’s proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) text encourages and recommends the implementation of significant public benefits: Such benefits include:

  • Additional protected natural resource open space within the Occoquan Watershed.

  • Prioritizing the protection of riparian forest along major streams within the Occoquan Watershed, which would lead to increased riparian forest area along these major streams – nature’s “best practice” method of protecting water quality and streams.

  • Establishing local park facilities and supporting the expansion of Conway-Robinson State Forest.

  • An extension of the County’s planned Catharpin Greenway linear natural habitat park and biking, hiking and equestrian trail network – from the western perimeter of the Corridor at Heritage Hunt, following Little Bull Run to the eastern perimeter of the Corridor.

  • Encouraging an “adopt-a-trail” program be established by data center owners, which could provide routine maintenance, clean up and advocacy for County recreational trails with the Corridor.

  • Enhancing cultural and environmental assets through the creation of new parks and a multi-purpose trail network, in a manner which establishes connections between Conway-Robinson State Forest, Manassas National Battlefield Park, the Catharpin Greenway and Catharpin Park.


Digital Gateway – Overall Facts and Statistics:

  • 2,133 acre study area

  • 43 +/- acres remain Agriculture/Forestry/Low Density Residential

  • 89 +/- acres replanned to Parks & Open Space (“POS”) (in anticipation of the Commonwealth’s potential future expansion of Conway-Robinson State Forest and the establishment of a County Trailhead Park)

  • 2,000 +/- acres replanned to TF (to accommodate data centers at a low overall intensity of no more than 0.30 FAR, calculated upon the overall gross acreage planned TF – including ER designated land)

  • Environmental Resource (“ER”) areas are extended along stream RPA to coincide with the recent County 2040 Draft LRLU map (approximately 450 acres).

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