The City of Newport News began the process of updating the 1997 Lee Hall Area Plan in 2021 and the plan was adopted by City Council on May 23, 2023. The area plan is a policy document driven by community input. Over the past 23 years, market conditions and trends have changed, as have many of the physical characteristics of the area. The objective of the area plan is to establish a vision to reinvigorate local businesses, preserve the historical character of the area, re-establish a sense of place and community, and attract new investment. As adopted, the Lee Hall Area Plan serves as an amendment to the City's One City, One Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
The plan area is bound to the north and east by the Newport News - York County Line, to the west by the Newport News - James City County Line, and to the south along Fort Eustis Boulevard and Dozier Road. The study area includes Oakland Industrial Park, Newport News Park, Skiffe's Creek Park, several historic landmarks including Lee Hall Depot, Lee Hall Plantation, and Endview Plantation, as well as the residential communities of Crafford Park, Carter Estates, Carleton Falls, Edgemoor, Water's Ridge, Chelsea Place, Lee's Landing, Cedar Hill, and South Lee Hall and a portion of the Naval Weapons Station military housing.
The Lee Hall Area Plan was directed by the City of Newport News Department of Planning. Two advisory committees were created with representatives of city departments and local residents and other stakeholders. A series of community engagement presentations were held and an online/mail-in public input survey was conducted (See Survey Results below).