Business Owners Prepare Strategies to Capitalize on Western Area Framework Plan
Birmingham is seeing consistent growth in all areas on the city and many residents are looking for ways to capitalize on that growth. A framework meeting for the western area of the city was recently held to allow business owners and neighborhood leaders the opportunity to discuss the many variables of their partnership between dedicated citizens and government officials, who sought to capitalize on the Western Area Framework Plan in a collective attempt to improve the living conditions for residents through services, communications and appropriate enhancement projects.
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 that calls the Western Area home. 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. City leaders are hopeful that this plan will place Birmingham on the pinnacle of a new strategic path for the 21st century, creating a restoration of city neighborhoods, and a stronger economy by way of more jobs noted with greater opportunities for business owners and quality of life for all citizens.
The Comprehensive Plan is broken into Community Framework Plans used often by city leaders to determine the best land use for the geographical structure of communities, new development opportunity ideas, transportation systems along with neighborhoods complete with housing, parks, trails, open green spaces and economic development.
Councilor Steven Hoyt who serves as the Councilor for District 8, 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 the Western community.
“I believe that we are on the verge of experiencing a renaissance in 5 Points West, but it’s going to take us all working together,” Councilor Hoyt said. “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.”
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.