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19 December 20232 minute read

DLA Piper advises QTS Data Centers on Prince William Digital Gateway proposal and rezoning efforts

DLA Piper advised QTS Data Centers (QTS), a leading provider of data center solutions, on the country’s largest data center master planning and rezoning effort in Prince William County, Virginia.

The Prince William Digital Gateway is a 2,100-acre master planned, world-class data center campus, with QTS having taken lead and securing 900+ acres of this corridor with 10,000,000 ft. of data center development potential, to be developed over the next 10-14 years.

Following a record-breaking 27.5-hour hearing, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved the rezoning, clearing the way for the project. 

Over the last two years, DLA Piper’s real estate, zoning/entitlement team has worked with QTS leadership to reimagine and re-draft the Prince William County, Virginia Comprehensive/Master Plan. The DLA Piper team pursued the rezoning/entitlement process throughout 2023, overcoming major opposition and challenges, including a series of denial recommendations from the local planning staff, a 22.5-hour Planning Commission review, and the Board of County Supervisors public session which featured over 400 speakers.

News of the decision was covered across notable regional and industry outlets, including The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Data Center Frontier, and the Prince William Times.

The DLA Piper team was led by partner Antonio Calabrese (Reston) and included senior land use planner Jennifer Garcia and land use planner Nick Torrance (both in Reston).