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Marina Landing II

Block M

Planned Uses
  • Resort hotel
  • Conference center
  • Commercial and professional offices, as a secondary use
  • Specialty retail
  • Restaurants with outdoor eating facilities
  • Parking decks
  • Attached residential
  • Multi-family residential
  • Golf course and supporting uses
  • Golf course clubhouse, putting green, and pro shop
Mix of Uses
  • This block is intended primarily for lodging and conference related uses. The SUP ordinance stipulates that fifty percent of the OCR land bay shall contain residential uses, permitted only above ground level of town center buildings. However this requirement is waived for the Block M.
  • Zero lot line, provided sufficient emergency access is available
  • Minimum front yard setback: Build-to line at street edge or back of sidewalk
  • Maximum front yard setback: not regulated
  • 15’ minimum,provided that single story structures shall be employed only as supporting elements which are integral to larger building masses but are not necessarily attached
  • 100’ maximum
  • 80’ maximum for parking structures
  • 4-8 stories are recommended
Massing and Density
  • Maximum density regulated by “Development Code”
  • Multifamily maximum density: 50 units/acre, dependent upon site conditions
  • Minimum density not regulated

The development of the hotel/conference center should be accomplished with a focus on orienting a maximum number of the guest quarters to the river, golf course or adjacent nature preserve. Building heights should be varied, with maximum height of eight to ten stories. At its entry, the hotel should be accessed via a courtyard, embracing an image intended to foster a resort-like character. Care should be exercised in screening parking areas as well as protecting and accenting the dominant waterfront vistas.

Recognizing the specialized scale, function, and terminal location of the hotel and conference center within the Town Center, the architecture of the resort complex should assume a distinctive form separate and distinct from that of the residential, commercial, and institutional buildings found elsewhere in the Town Center. Should the resort conference center concept prove unachievable, residential uses such as those permitted in the RM and RT land bay designations may be substituted.

The residential uses shall be developed in general accord with the urban design guidelines recommended for Blocks H and I. The higher residential densities in should be located within the center of the block where the multi-story buildings should be sited. Also, commercial and office buildings conforming to OCR land bay criteria are included within these blocks. No “fixed” architectural styling is suggested, but building forms and materials should be indigenous to the region and incorporate principles of architectural and environmental sustainability. The Design Review Committee shall promote “design excellence”, with the project incorporating a sense of continuity with the adjoining natural areas as well as a sense of authenticity with respect to the culture, architecture, and history of Prince William County and the State.

Current Concepts

The conference hotel concept envisions between 300-505 hotel rooms and 30,000 SF of conference space.

Block Size
(approx. acres)
SUB Land Bay
Land Use




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