For information about the West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood Plan survey, please see below.
The West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood is an ever-evolving neighborhood that is home to many business owners, property owners, and residents.
Located in the northwest and southwest quadrants of the City, West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood is comprised of seven pockets of residential, intermingled with intense commercial and industrial activity. Major thoroughfares traversing the area and a railroad line running through the middle make it difficult to think of this area in terms of a traditional neighborhood. The cohesiveness of the neighborhood is compromised by these factors.
The residential areas are comprised of single-family residences, multi-family complexes and mobile homes bounded on all sides by industrial and/or commercial properties and major roads. The area is majorly commercial and industrial (46%), with a fair amount of residential homes (38%).
Recreation amenities of the neighborhood include West Hickory Park and Westmont Recreation Park. West Hickory Park features an outdoor half basketball court, playground, picnic shelter, lighted softball field, and restrooms. Westmont Recreation Park offers two tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, horseshoe pits, outdoor shuffleboard courts, playground, gymnasium, game room, fitness center, restrooms, and Westmont Senior Center.
Another benefit for West Hickory/Westmont residents is living in close proximity to Grandview Middle School, one of two middle schools in the Hickory Public Schools system, and Longview Elementary School, which educates about 87% of the elementary school students in the area.
West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood Association
The West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood Association was one of the first neighborhood groups established and was official recognized by City Council in 1997. This group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church. Review the city calendar for specific meeting dates.
The neighborhood is known for its annual Poor Man's Supper that is held in October. This is the group's main fundraiser and money raised has contributed to public art and restorations of Houck's Chapel, located off U.S. 321, behind Corning Cable Systems.
West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood Plan (2020 Update)
The West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood Plan was completed in 2000. To review it, click here.
The City of Hickory Planning and Development Division and West Hickory/Westmont Neighborhood Association have begun efforts to update the twenty year old neighborhood plan.
A survey about the plan and the neighborhood's conditions was mailed out to local property owners and residents in July 2020. Surveys were collected over the course of July and August 2020. These responses will be used to help craft the plan's goals and objectives. A presentation was made to the neighborhood leadership and city staff in August 2020, which can be viewed here.
Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats (SWOT) Assessment
A Zoom meeting is occurred September 10, 2020 discussing the next steps of the planning process and a review of the neighborhood survey. Another Zoom meeting is planned for October 8, 2020 to put together a SWOT analysis for the neighborhood. Information for the meeting can be found here.
Meetings to discuss the plan will occur over the coming months and will be publicized to the neighborhood. If you have questions regarding the neighborhood planning process, please contact the Planning Division at (828) 323-7422 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Liaison: John Marshall, Transportation Planning Manager
Neighborhood Leader: Linda Lutz