Richmond Highway Corridor
The Richmond Highway Corridor extends approximately 7.5 miles from the Capital Beltway on the north to Fort Belvoir and Woodlawn Plantation on the south. Within the Richmond Highway corridor are six Community Business Centers (CBCs) - North Gateway, Penn Daw, Beacon/Groveton, Hybla Valley/Gum Springs, South County and Woodlawn.
Comprehensive Plan Vision
The CBCs are envisioned to serve as focal points or nodes for community-serving retail, residential and mixed-use development. Allowable intensity of development within the CBCs ranges from 0.35 FAR to 1.5 FAR, with unlimited FAR in the core area of the Beacon Groveton CBC. A high standard of urban design and integration of land uses is envisioned. Areas in-between the CBCs are classified as Suburban Neighborhoods and include predominately residential use, but may include neighborhood serving retail and mixed-uses among others. Intensity of development is lower in the Suburban Neighborhoods than in the CBCs.
There are urban design recommendations within the Comprehensive Plan for the Richmond Highway Corridor that specifically address streetscape, landscape, parking lot, building, site design and signage elements. They are intended to foster new development and redevelopment that function well together and contribute to a positive image of the area.
Zoning Overlay Districts
There are two overlay zoning districts in the Richmond Highway Corridor – a Commercial Revitalization District (CRD) and a Highway Corridor (HC) District. The CRD designation is applied to each of the six CBCs only; it is not applied to the areas in between the CBCs. The HC district extends along Richmond Highway the entire distance from the Capital Beltway to Fort Belvoir at a width of 1,000 on either side of the centerline. The CRD designation confers unique regulations that provide flexibility in the development and redevelopment of properties and allows for expedited review and concurrent processing of planning and development review. The HC designation imposes additional regulations on certain automobile-oriented, fast-service or quick turn-over uses in order to prevent or reduce traffic congestion and associated dangers.
- EMBARK Richmond Highway: Planning & Zoning Webpage | Fact Sheet
- Richmond Highway Corridor Annual Revitalization Report, August 2015
- Wayfinding Project
The goal of this project is to install a system of wayfinding signage along the Richmond Highway Corridor that will guide travelers as well as build identity for the corridor. Phase I of the project was completed in 2013 and consists of five (5) directional signs and seven (7) gateway signs. Phase II of the Wayfinding Project is underway and will result in the installation of three (3) additional gateway signs and a modification to an exisiting gateway sign. This second and final phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in Spring of 2017. The project is a collaborative effort between the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) and Fairfax County.
- Façade Improvement Program
A Façade Improvement Project application was approved in September for the Peking Duck restaurant located at 7531 Richmond Highway. Unfortunately, this application was withdrawn in March 2013 due to higher than estimated construction costs. Funds remain for up to two more FIP projects. For more information about the program, see the Richmond Highway FIP Grant Guidelines.
- Richmond Highway Widening – Old Mill Road to Telegraph Road (through Fort Belvoir)
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) of transportation alternatives for this project in May 2012. The FHWA released its final alignment plan in September 2012, which calls for a bypass to the south of the Woodlawn Baptist Church and the current Woodlawn stables. The project is scheduled to be completed by Spring of 2017 and will result in a six-lane cross-section with a multi-use trail, pedestrian sidewalk and on-road bicycle lanes over the entire 3.68 mile segment of Richmond Highway.
Richmond Highway Corridor Boundaries
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