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Citizens are Encouraged to Attend the Annual Comprehensive Plan Implementation Progress Meeting on November 15th

Birmingham is a city consistently impacting communities by providing resources that set the pace and evolve the standards for a better quality of life, heightened global interests and immeasurable economic development opportunities. In 2012, with community support in tow, the City of Birmingham created its own Comprehensive Plan the first since 1961 and the first comprehensive plan to originate from community buy in and development. On Tuesday November 15th, at 6:00 p.m. citizens will have a chance during a public meeting in the Council Chambers to review the progress that has been made toward implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan since the last public meeting, which was held on August 4, 2015.

The Comprehensive Plan is broken into Community Framework Plans used often by city leaders to determine items such as the best land use for the geographical structure of communities and new development opportunities. The goal of the framework plan is to create a guide and set of policies that better align resources to improve the quality of life for everyone. Hopes are that plans will place Birmingham on the pinnacle of a new strategic path for the 21st century, creating a restoration of city neighborhoods, and a stronger local economy.

Business owners also prepare strategies and organized efforts to capitalize on opportunities through the Framework Plan. Over the past year residents in each district met with city leaders to give input on their ideas for Framework Plans specific to their communities. A community of business owners and neighborhood leaders also held their first Citizen Participation Plan meeting with Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt to discuss the many variables of their partnership between dedicated citizens and government officials, who sought to capitalize on the Western Area Framework Plan. During the meeting, Council Pro Tem Hoyt challenged business owners to not only invest more into the aesthetics of their properties and businesses, but also to stay consistent when voicing concerns for desired changes in their communities’ as he explained that activism works best as an organized effort.

“I believe that we are on the verge of experiencing a renaissance all over Birmingham, but it’s going to take us all working together,” said Councilor Hoyt. “We’re going to have to raise the standard of expectations, and once that happens, we will see much more progress. I look to encourage everyone to help bring back the ‘magic’ to the Ensley community by regularly investing and maintaining businesses.”

About the History of the Comprehensive Plan

The Birmingham Planning Commission adopted the Comprehensive Plan on October 2, 2013 and the Birmingham City Council endorsed it on March 18, 2014.  The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year policy and strategic framework to guide future decisions, affecting our City’s quality of life and economic prosperity.  The Comprehensive Plan establishes goals, policies, strategies, and implementation actions to achieve the plan’s vision for Birmingham’s future. A Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee is made up of planning commissioners and citizens that serve as the stewards of the plan, advising government and other partners, and monitoring progress. Annual public hearings will give citizens detailed reports on implementation processes and will be used in planning capital improvement projects, work blueprints, and strategic land use decision making. Collective efforts with residents, businesses, medical and educational institutions, and nonprofits are critical to its success.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.