Rio Road

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Rio Road, also signed county road 631, runs as "East Rio Road" from the Charlottesville-Albemarle county line, as an extension of Park Street, northward to Route 29. Crossing 29, it continues as "West Rio Road" until it ends at the intersection of Hydraulic Road and Earlysville Road.

It is a common route for motorists between the city and points north.

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Infrastructure concerns

Supervisor Brad Sheffield expressed concern at the February 10, 2016 meeting of the Board of Supervisors that the eastern portion of Rio Road is nearing residential build-out with the construction of Dunlora Forest, Treesdale Park and other residential developments.

Small-area plan

Albemarle officials told the Board of Supervisors on February 10, 2016 they wanted to create a small-area plan in the vicinity of Rio Road and U.S. 29. [1] Both the county and the state have recently invested in the region, such as the $11.8 million new Northside Library. Albemarle received a grant from the Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment. That allowed for the hiring of the Renaissance Planning Group to begin work on community engagement, market analysis and a preliminary transportation analysis. [2]

The Albemarle Planning Commission critiqued the process in February 2017. [3] The Board of Supervisors had a briefing in March 2017. [4]

The Rio Road small-area plan is intended to guide private development of the area around the Rio Road and U.S. 29 intersection. They’ve spent hundreds of thousands on two consultants to come up with a vision and to ascertain the economic feasibility of public investment to entice redevelopment of a dense, mixed-use community.

Supervisors want a draft vision for the idea and possible service districts to pay for it by the end of the year. The goal is to add this information to the Comprehensive Plan first. After that they will develop a draft ordinance for a form-based code, based on examples in Arlington and Henrico counties.

Local origins

Historian Vera V. Via has said the local use of the name for Rio Road was "derived from the fact that railroad stop No. 10 was near the road. It was written as "R.10," which became "Rio.""[5]


  1. Web. Albemarle to prioritize infrastructure near U.S. 29 and Rio Road, Sean Tubbs, News Release, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 10, 2016, retrieved December 29, 2016.
  2. Web. [1], Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 2, 2016, retrieved December 31, 2016.
  3. Web. County Planning Commission critiques process for Rio+29 Small Area Plan, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 15, 2017, retrieved December 26, 2017.
  4. Web. Supervisors briefed on next phase of Rio Road plan, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 6, 2017, retrieved December 27, 2017.
  5. Maurer, David A. "Mapping out Name Game Took Effort." The Daily Progress [Charlottesville] 29 Aug. 2010: C1. Print.