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.
- Wayfinding Project, Summer 2013
Phase I of an installation of wayfinding signs for the Richmond Highway Corridor is underway. The first sign in the Mount Zephyr area was installed on October 31, 2012 in the front of the Potomac Square complex at 8405 Richmond Highway. Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) has directed the project over the years and held a dedication event for this first sign on November 7, 2012. To date, seven gateway signs have been installed with five directional signs scheduled to be installed by July. Some funding remains for a Phase II project.
- Façade Improvement Project Approved, Fall 2012
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 ITP projects. For more information about the program, contact OCR.
- Status of Roadway Improvements, Mulligan Road / Jeff Todd Way Project
Construction is underway on a four-lane connector roadway from Richmond Highway to Telegraph Road. The road is scheduled for completion in late 2013.
- 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, which was the subject of a public hearing in June 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 FHWA is working with VDOT and Fairfax County to complete the design for the improvements. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2016.
Richmond Highway Corridor Boundaries
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