Greater Hilton Area Plan

Purpose

The City of Newport News is facilitating an update to the Hilton Area Neighborhood Plan that was adopted in 1998. The planning process will identify the successes achieved in the last 23 years from implementing the original plan and identifying opportunities for improvement. The new Greater Hilton Area Plan (GHAP) will evaluate potential redevelopment opportunities and encourage neighborhood and commercial stabilization. If adopted, the Greater Hilton Area Plan will serve as an amendment to the One City, One Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

Location

The proposed plan area is larger than the original Hilton Area Neighborhood Plan boundary, and will be bound by J. Clyde Morris Boulevard to the north, CSX railroad tracks on the east, New Market Creek (Government Ditch) to the south and the James River to the west.  

Download the Plan Boundary Map

Hilton Area Neighborhood Plan

On February 24, 1998, the current guiding policy document, Hilton Area Neighborhood Plan, was adopted as an amendment to the City’s Framework for the Future comprehensive plan. In addition to Historic Hilton, the plan boundary included: Rivermont, North Newport News, North Hilton, Brandon Heights and gateways along Warwick Boulevard and Main Street.

Several recommendations from the plan have been implemented, such as: streetscape improvements (including creation of parallel parking stalls); gateway enhancements along Warwick Boulevard; façade improvements along the commercial core of Historic Hilton; updated design guidelines to ensure Historic Hilton retains the English, Dutch Colonial and pre-Georgian architectural style; drainage enhancements; beach re-nourishment; and much more.

Planning Process

The Greater Hilton Area Plan is being led and managed by the Newport News Department of Planning. The planning process will include various public engagement opportunities for anyone wishing to participate.

There are two advisory committees that help inform the planning process. The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is comprised of city staff representing departments from: City Manager’s Office; Codes Compliance, Communications; Development; Engineering; Libraries; Newport News Public Schools; Parks, Recreation & Tourism; and the Police - Community and Youth Outreach Division. A Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of greater Hilton area residents will be a profound resource since community engagement is an integral part of this process. As part of this engagement process, there have been virtual and in-person stakeholder meetings, as well as an online/mail-in survey.  To view the survey results, please click here.

Here is a recap of the virtual community meeting for the Greater Hilton Area Plan (GHAP) that was held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 P.M.  The meeting aired on the Newport News Facebook Page and NNTV (Cox 48 and Verizon 19).  After a presentation on the GHAP, staff responded to questions and comments received on the Facebook feed and via email.  

Download the Presentation (PDF)

Currently, we are in Phase Four - Draft Plan of a six phase process.  Phase Four encompasses developing strategies for improvements in the planning area, subsequent illustrations and writing the plan.  

Citizens Advisory Committee

  • Charlotte Baker
  • Asa Jackson
  • Sara Leone
  • Anya Shah
  • Beth Smallridge
  • Dan Waddill
  • Sharyn Fox (City Planning Commission Liaison)

For more Information please email Toluwalase "Tolu" Ibikunle, AICP, Project Manager and Senior Planner or call 757-926-8761.