Annandale: Area Information


Located just inside the Capital Beltway, Annandale is centrally located with easy access to the entire Washington metropolitan region. Today, central Annandale contains more than 2 million square feet of commercial space, including shops, restaurants and services that draw customers from throughout the area. Annandale continues to grow into a vibrant town center which reflects its storied history and exciting diversity.

In 1998, the Board of Supervisors designated a portion of Annandale as a Commercial Revitalization District (CRD). The CRD is a Zoning Ordinance overlay district that provides for greater flexibility in applying certain zoning regulations and allows for the use of facilitated administrative procedures to expedite the development review process. Distinct Urban Design Guidelines (the Guidelines) have been created for streetscape, landscaping, signage, and building character to enhance the visual quality of Annandale. The Guidelines were produced in collaboration with the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee (ACBDPC) and are intended to provide design direction to an owner or developer of a property in the Annandale CRD who is considering designing a new building or improving an existing site and/or building.

In 2010, the County adopted a new flexible land use and transportation plan which furthers the vision of Annandale as a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use town center. Annandale is now seeing the beginnings of this transformation, building upon its current strengths as a diverse commercial and cultural hub which draws visitors from around the region, and in fact, the world.


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