Starr Hill Small Area Plan


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?