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 mostly within 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.

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