On May 18, 2021, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors took action
to authorize a consultant study to evaluate expanding the existing Data
Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District generally along high transmission
power lines. The Data Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District was created
for the purpose of promoting development of data centers within areas of
Prince William County where existing infrastructure could adequately
support the proposed use.
The study will also consider changes to planning and zoning guidance and
appropriate construction standards. This district continues the county's
efforts to attract and advance high-tech industrial development while
limiting negative impacts to communities. This study is an opportunity to
engage with the county to help ensure the regulatory framework is
appropriate to the growing demand and practical development considerations
specific to this industry.
As noted in McGuireWoods’ April 14, 2021, alert, “Development of Dark Fiber Optic Networks Accelerates Data Center Alley
Connectivity,” Northern Virginia, including Prince William County, is a focus for the
data centers industry, deepening the region’s interconnectivity to the
Virginia Beach cable landing station and, in turn, providing access to the
subsea, intercontinental high-speed internet cables running to Europe and
South America. Prince William County will hire a consultant to perform the
study, which likely will take six to eight months.
McGuireWoods has a team of attorneys and professionals dedicated to
proactively addressing issues and opportunities in this growing industry.
We are happy to discuss the potential scope of the overlay district or
other related regulatory matters.