Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.

Henrico’s 2026 Comprehensive Plan identifies Route 5 (New Market Road) and Marion Hill as special focus areas that warrant further study because of certain characteristics, challenges or opportunities. Route 5 is a state-maintained road that extends about 14 miles through the Varina District. Development along the road has historically been rural in character, but it also has included suburban-style single-family developments mixed among small farms and homes built on large lots. Marion Hill is a neighborhood along Route 5 that features single-family homes built around World War II in a variety of architectural styles and arranged in a grid pattern.

The Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study will evaluate the character of both areas and make recommendations to guide the county’s review of development proposals while also respecting the agricultural, residential and commercial development present along the corridor.

In the months ahead, Planning will provide workshops and other opportunities to allow the public to provide more-focused input and to begin to form the study’s goals and strategies. The Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study ultimately will be presented to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for review and approval.

To learn more about the study and to provide input through a survey and an interactive map, go to henrico.us/projects/route-5-corridor-marion-hill-study. Information also is available by calling (804) 501-4602.