Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning
City of Alexandria

Mr. Farner is Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Farner has more than 22 years of planning, urban design, and development experience in both the public and private sectors. For the past 14 years, he has been responsible for overseeing new urban development and larger, more complex planning and urban design projects within Alexandria. Alexandria is used as a model for new urbanism, infill development and historic preservation and has experienced considerable redevelopment and population growth throughout the decade.


During his tenure with Alexandria, Mr. Farner has overseen and managed brownfield and redevelopment projects including North Potomac Yard – including a soon to be constructed Metro Station, the Beauregard Small Area Plan, Eisenhower East and West Small Area Plans, and the Oakville Triangle & Route 1 West Corridor Plan. His involvement in these projects comprised plan preparation, development of urban design standards and guidelines, as well as implementation of major developer contributions.  He has tried to incorporate concepts of future transportation and urban development patterns in plans such as the Old Town North Small Area Plan.


He has also worked extensively with the development community, various boards and commissions and Alexandria’s diverse neighborhood groups.