To spur new ideas and new ways of thinking about planning and land use, the City often engages outside groups to prepare conceptual plans and studies for different areas of the City or for topical issues. In the past, these groups have included students from local universities, established professionals at the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and consultants.

The list below includes recently completed studies and reports. These reports and plans are not adopted and do not constitute City policy.

Virginia Tech Graduate Studies

In preparation for updating of Comprehensive Plan in 2011, the Planning and Economic Development Offices commissioned Virginia Tech's Graduate Planning Studio to study four important commercial areas: 

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Report

The ULI recently conducted a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to explore land development options for the schools-related parcels.

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Report

With funding from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), area consulting firm Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning developed a TDM Report for the City.

West Falls Church Transportation Study

With funding from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) Transportation/Land-Use Conections (TLC) program, national transportation planning consulting firm NelsonNygaard conducted a study of the transportation network in the West Falls Church area.