Hanover County

Hanover County is known for a rich agricultural tradition and world-famous Hanover tomatoes, for the historic Hanover Tavern and numerous Civil War battles, and as the birthplace of Patrick Henry and Henry Clay.  With interstate 1-95 running through it, the County has experienced significant growth pressures that have made many question whether Hanover's rural identity can remain intact. 

Much of the county has been suburbanized over the past few decades and many communities are now in need of reinvestment.  Route 360, Mechanicsville Turnpike, has experienced leapfrog development patterns coupled with adandoned shopping centers closer to the City of Richmond. A few villages dot the landscape, and in Mechanicsville, for instance, citizens, organizations, and county planners are working to improve infrastructure for increased connectivity and walkability. Despite a slowed economy, a Short Pump-sized development has been discussed for East Ashland though many residents have spoken up against it due to impacts on existing neighborhoods. The Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2007; many citizens did not support the plan due to a lack of significant conservation and smart growth measures.

Since its inception, PSG has worked with Hanover residents and Coalition for Hanover's Future to ensure balanced growth in this changing county. Recently, PSG partnered with numerous stakeholders including Hanover County Department of Planning to host a Walk and Talk event at Bon Secour Virginia's Mechanicsville campus.

The 2010 Census population was 99,863, up 15.7% from 2000.  Click here for a map of 2010 results including growth rates.

Local Government Resources

Community Involvement

  • Coalition for Hanover's Future
    The Coalition for Hanover’s Future is a citizen-based non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the land, history, and environment of Hanover County, Virginia.