Henrico to hold Aug. 3 community workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a community workshop Thursday, Aug. 3 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas. It will be the second such workshop held this summer to gather input.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. Community members are invited to share their ideas for strategies, goals and objectives to enhance and protect the character of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will begin with a presentation on the draft Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study document and be followed by breakout discussions on the areas’ challenges and opportunities. The draft document is available at henrico.us/projects/route-5-corridor-marion-hill-study.

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.

Once the community’s input is complete, the draft Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study will be presented to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for review and approval.

For details about the study, contact Rosemary Deemer at (804) 501-4488 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you need a special accommodation to participate in the workshop, contact Deemer by July 24.
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