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!
- On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Planning staff kicked-off the project with a presentation to the Henrico County Planning Commission. Approximately 25 residents, stakeholders and representatives from local community organizations attended the meeting to heard a brief overview of existing conditions and the proposed framework for the study. Following the presentation, several individuals shared their thoughts about the corridor, and surrounding neighborhoods, with the Planning Commission.
- Also on Thursday, May 11, 2017 the Planning Department introduced a project-specific website and public engagement portal.
- On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Planning staff, in conjunction with the Varina District Supervisor and Planning Commissioner, held an Open House at the Varina Area Library that drew over 110 interested citizens and stakeholders. The purpose of the Open House was to provide attendees with a visual depiction of the background data compiled by staff. Maps, graphics and other exhibits were used to illustrate the existing conditions along the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill. Staff were available to answer questions and provide information. A Citizens’ Comment Form was available to share feedback.
- Based on a review of the feedback provided via the Citizens’ Comment Form, 70% of attendees indicated their questions had been answered. Respondents indicated they wanted to preserve the rural feel/character of the area, and limit over-development and commercialization. Bike safety on the Capital Trail, and the desire for traffic signals at specific intersections were among the most common concerns for local residents.
The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a Community Workshop Thursday, August 3 for residents and other members of the public to provide input on the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study.
The community workshop will be held from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The workshop will begin with an overview of the Draft Route 5 Corridor/ Marion Hill Study document, followed by an interactive, facilitated exercise. Attendees will be divided into small break-out groups and asked to collaborate on identifying their top 5 goals for the area and how they envision those goals could be achieved. They will also be requested to identify strong and weak places along the corridor through a mapping exercise.
The feedback from the exercises will be used by staff to develop goals, objectives and strategies to assist in preserving and enhancing the character of the Route 5 corridor and the Marion Hill neighborhood.
For further information regarding this study, please contact Rosemary Deemer at (804) 501-4488 or via email at email@example.com.
The draft document can be reviewed by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the link for the Draft Route 5 Corridor Study.
If you need a special accommodation in order to participate in this workshop, please contact Rosemary Deemer by July 24, 2017.
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