Henrico County is characterized as suburban in 4 of the 5 districts and as rural in the Varina district. In a few decades the region has seen Henrico's Short Pump mushroom from cow pastures and emerge as a new core of the region - with its own set of opportunities and challenges including traffic concerns for this auto-oriented community. Innsbrook, built decades ago as an office park a few miles east of Short Pump, is now reinventing itself as a mixed-use community. Varina's residents have made it clear that they want their historically agricultural district to remain so.
PSG has worked with citizens, organizations, and the Henrico County Planning Department to ensure balanced growth and stakeholder involvement in Henrico County's future. PSG was particularly involved in the recent passage of the 2026 Henrico County Comprehensive Plan, and helped establish Envision Henrico, with primary goals of preserving the rural character of the Varina district and ensuring transportation options and mixed-use development in other districts.
Opportunities for Henrico include reinvesting in existing infrastructure, such as along the underutilized stretch of Broad Street, Route 250, between the City of Richmond border and Short Pump. View the map, courtesy of Piedmont Environmental Council, below.
The 2010 Census population was 306,935, up 17% from 2000. Click here for a map of 2010 results including growth rates.
Local Government Resources
- County Government
- Board of Supervisors
- Board of Supervisors Meeting Dates
- Planning Commission
- A Citizen's Guide to Participating in Planning Commission Meetings
- Planning Department
- Regional Cooperation Guide
- Henrico County 2026 Comprehensive Plan
Adopted in 2009.
- Magazine article: Goodbye, Varina. Hello, Suburbia.
- Envision Henrico
An organization committed to preserving and protecting Henrico’s land, environment, history, and quality of life, by monitoring and influencing how and where we grow, and by advocating for strong public participation in local land use and transportation decisions.
- Association for the Preservation of Henrico Antiquities
An organization dedicated to saving Henrico's historical structures and to providing information about moving or disassembling historic structures and the economic benefits of preserving historic buildings.
- Varina Beautification Committee
A group of citizens working to ensure only quality development occurs along the historic Route 5 corridor
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