The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is excited to welcome Parag Agrawal as the county’s new Planning Director. His expected start date is Dec. 7, 2020.
Agrawal’s recent experience as Community Development Director for one of the fastest-growing communities in the Atlanta metropolitan area makes him particularly well-suited to the role. There, he successfully managed solutions for balancing rural preservation with smart growth—an equilibrium that Prince William seeks to achieve as well.
Agrawal administered Georgia’s largest Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program and Milton, GA’s recently-adopted Greenspace Bond, both intended to conserve and preserve land, with the former redirecting growth to targeted, transit rich areas. He also recently completed metropolitan Atlanta’s tree preservation ordinance, working with various stakeholders to facilitate the development of the city’s new downtown, meant to enhance the culture and heritage of the community.
“We have long talked about Transfer of Development Rights as a tool for preserving the Rural Crescent, while also offering fair compensation to landowners. The recent Planning Director Survey reconfirms public support of these types of programs in Prince William,” said Occoquan District Supervisor Kenny Boddye. “Our new planning director has an impressive track record of overseeing TDR and other programs that preserve natural and historic resources within a growing community. Mr. Agrawal also has experience with revitalization and affordable housing initiatives, both of which are vital to our county’s success in its next chapter.”
Agrawal has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Aligarh University in India and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University, and is an American Planning Association certified planner. He brings with him more than 18 years of industry experience.
“Mr. Agrawal brings a wealth of experience to this position, and we look forward to innovative programs to benefit Prince William County,” said Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair-At-Large Ann Wheeler.
The County received 34 applications from 15 states in its search for a new planning director, and conducted a public survey to determine what area residents see as priorities for the position. Candidates went through an extensive vetting process. Agrawal distinguished himself throughout the recruitment process, during which he shared his strong belief in community engagement, building positive relationships and collaboration.
“I am excited to join the team to help move the County forward in its goals. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Prince William County,” said Agrawal. He added that he is looking forward to bringing his experience in revitalization, redevelopment and land conservation to Prince William County, and hopes to make this the most livable community in the country.
For more information on the Planning Office, visit www.pwcgov.org.