Starr Hill Small Area Plan


What is a small aRea plan?

Small area plans provide a collaborative process for citizens to work together to improve their neighborhood and ensure a better future. A small area plan contains a set of specific strategies that aim to preserve or improve a specific area of the city. The plan encompasses issues such as land use, zoning, transportation, economic development, and housing. The scope of the plan depends directly on issues that are identified by the community.

Citizen participation is critical to the development of the plan since citizens know best what the strengths and weaknesses of their neighborhoods are. Community involvement assures that the plan is responsive to resident needs and provides appropriate solutions to the identified problems. A small area plan enables local residents to take responsibility for the future of their community and includes actions that will be taken to protect and improve their neighborhood. Small area plans act as policy guides for decision making.


Our Approach

Successful community engagement for this effort will effectively integrate the aspirations of both the Starr Hill area (current and former residents of Starr Hill, Vinegar Hill, the faith community, property and business owners) and the broader Charlottesville community – including the bordering communities of Westhaven, 10thand Page, and Fifeville.

It is important to recognize that political boundaries are not always logical planning boundaries. And this process must acknowledge that there are strong connections to the legacy of the former Vinegar Hill community. As such, the Community Engagement Plan is designed to prioritize the voices that can connect Vinegar Hill’s powerful legacy with a vision for a new future.

 This Community Engagement Plan seeks to clarify three broad areas of focus for the overall Small Area Plan:

 1.    How can this plan help build upon the existing assets and clarify and serve the needs (social, economic, cultural) of the existing Starr Hill community?

2.    In what ways can this plan help to create more equitable development within Starr Hill that includes and benefits Charlottesville’s entire African-American community?

3.    What are the opportunities for economic development activities in and beyond Starr Hill that create inclusive economic growth and serve the broader social equity needs of the greater Charlottesville community?