Amazon wants to bring an additional 900,000 square feet of data centers to western Prince William County.

Amazon Data Services Inc. has applied for a rezoning and special use permit for a campus on 59.6 acres between 11479 and 11540 Nokesville Road.

The company wishes to rezone the properties from agricultural use to the planned business district and receive a permit to build the facility outside of the county’s Data Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District.

The proposal covers six parcels owned by CBG Land LLC; Mu-Del Properties LLC; VRN Broad Run Overlook LLC; Furman Land LLC; Route 28 Bristol LLC; LCS Land LLC; Pinnacle Real Estate Group LLC; and Carr Land LLC.

Amazon is under contract to buy the land, which is near the intersection of Nokesville Road and Piper Lane. The collective tax value is approximately $3.35 million.

The application is for two 110 foot buildings and an electrical substation covering 3.9 acres. The buildings would be 450,000 square feet each.

The proposal is accompanied by a 50 foot landscaped buffer along the property. It also includes an open space leaving a wooded area untouched.

The applications come as the data center industry continues to explode in Prince William County, positioning it to challenge Loudoun County as the largest concentration of such facilities in the world.

“The industry has been a welcome source of investment in many communities,” the Amazon app says. “Data centers create long-term technology jobs and short-term construction jobs.”

Amazon is a major industry player in Northern Virginia, with its future Amazon HQ2 planned in Crystal City. The company also has a pending application for a Special Use Permit, Master Plan Amendment and rezoning of 77 acres for a data center and associated electrical substation near the Manassas Mall.

The county is considering several policy changes that will determine the future of the industry at the local level.

Officials are looking at the Data Center Opportunity Zone overlay district and potentially expanding it along the transmission lines.

As part of the review, the county recently released a report that estimates it could run out of space to meet industry demand by 2035 without land use change.

At the same time, the county is updating its comprehensive plan to serve as a land use guide through 2040.

Meanwhile, landowners along Pageland Lane have proposed 27.6 million square feet of data centers on 2,100 acres in what has quickly become the most controversial and contentious local land use proposal in decades. decades. Opponents and supporters have launched personal attacks on each other, and it has spawned recall efforts against Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland and Board Chair Ann Wheeler.

“More affordable technology and the shift to cloud computing has encouraged more companies to adopt, and employees to adopt, hybrid work-from-home models. Online retail has fundamentally changed the relationship customers have with traditional retail,” Amazon’s app reads. “These changes are likely to stay with us for the foreseeable future, particularly in light of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data centers are an essential part of the new online infrastructure, and land use patterns and demand for real estate have adjusted accordingly.