Project Status: Underway
Magisterial District: Varina
Henrico County’s 2026 Comprehensive Plan identified both Route 5 (New Market Road) and Marion Hill as Special Focus Areas that warrant further study because of certain characteristics, challenges or opportunities.
In Henrico, Route 5 is a state-maintained road approximately 14 miles in length that runs from the eastern boundary of the City of Richmond through the Varina Magisterial District to Charles City County. The Marion Hill neighborhood shares a boundary with Route 5 and, due to its close proximity, will be studied in conjunction with the Route 5 corridor. Development adjacent to Route 5 has historically been rural in nature but has evolved in large part to more suburban style single-family developments amidst small farms and large-acreage homes. On March 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors directed the Planning Department to initiate a study for the Planning Commission’s review and recommendation to the Board regarding possible Comprehensive Plan amendments.
The corridor study area extends 500 feet on either side of the centerline of Route 5. This includes 878 parcels and 1,409 acres. It will be the longest corridor plan undertaken in Henrico County.
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the existing character of both focus areas and offer recommended guidelines for use in future review of development proposals, while integrating and respecting the existing agricultural, residential and commercial development currently present along the corridor. Data was compiled on previous studies, existing conditions, and visual conditions. That information can be found below in the document entitled Draft Route 5 Corridor Study.
Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Public Engagement Portal
The goal of the Public Engagement portal is to provide additional opportunities for citizens and stakeholders to participate in the study and to provide a platform for your comments. It includes a short community survey and a new feature – a public input map where you can pinpoint and comment on opportunities/strengths and challenges along the Route 5 Corridor. These suggestions will be labeled directly on the Corridor Study Map. The portal also includes a virtual tour to help you get started and reacquainted with the corridor.
To get started, just click through the tabs at the top of the portal. Please take a few moments to answer the survey and provide any suggestions by using the public input map. Your input is a vital part of the process, so please share your thoughts!
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Varina Area Library (Meeting Room)
1875 New Market Road
Henrico, VA 23231
Thank you for visiting the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Public Engagement website and portal. Please plan on attending one of the upcoming community meetings in which citizens, stakeholders and representatives of local community organizations will be able to provide further input on the Route 5 Corridor Study, and check our site often for updates. To join our email list to receive notices of meetings, please complete the information below:
Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study Mailing List