Birmingham City Council Highlights: September 19, 2017

By Birmingham City Council Public Information Office

During the Birmingham City Council Meeting on September 19th, 2017 the City Council voted on the following items:

  1. An Ordinance changing zone district boundaries for all properties in the Northeast Framework Plan area, filed by the City of Birmingham, for all properties located within the East Pinson Valley, Huffman, Cahaba and Roebuck/South East Lake Communities.

Was this item approved? Yes.

What does this mean? According to the Northeast Area Framework Plan Executive Summary, “The Northeast Area Framework Plan is a subset of the 2013 City of Birmingham Comprehensive Plan. The plan establishes a vision and goals for future development and stabilization of the community, and provides strategies and actions for achieving the community’s vision. The framework plan integrates analysis of land use, transportation, socioeconomic and environmental data — along with extensive community input — to ensure that the values and aspirations of the Southwest Area’s citizens are reflected in the community’s future character. The plan also strives to improve the quality of life for citizens. As the community’s primary policy and planning document addressing land use, urban design, circulation, services and socioeconomic issues, the framework plan will serve as a guide for elected officials tasked with its adoption and funding its implementation, and City department heads charged with its implementation and update. Additionally, it will enable the private sector and other public and quasi-public agencies to anticipate future public investment priorities as well as crystallize the community’s vision for future developments.” After a second public hearing, at which residents expressed their thoughts about the Framework Plan, especially with regards to how the rezoning would impact the Cahaba River Watershed, the City Council voted to approve the ordinance. The Planning Department of the City of Birmingham let residents and those concerned with preserving the quality of water in the Cahaba River know that the area around the Cahaba River in the Framework Plan will be classified as a “Holding Zone District”, the most strict zoning classification available. Those wishing to develop property in a “Holding Zone District” would only be able to build a single family dwelling on one acre of property or more, and any such development would require approval from the Birmingham Planning Commission on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, the Planning Department of the City of Birmingham is exploring options to protect the land around the Cahaba River Watershed in the Northeast Framework Plan area by designating it as a “Conservation District”.

Next Steps: For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294 or read the plan at http://www.imaginebham.com/northeast-birmingham.html

Refer to council agenda Item 1

2. An Ordinance changing zone district boundaries for all properties in the Southwest Framework Plan area including the Brownville, Grasselli, and Southwest Communities, filed by the City of Birmingham, for all properties located within the Brownville, Grasselli, and Southwest Communities.

Was this item approved? Yes

What does this mean? According to the Southwest Area Framework Plan Executive Summary: “The Southwest Area Framework Plan is a subset of the 2013 City of Birmingham Comprehensive Plan. The plan establishes a vision and goals for future development and stabilization of the community, and provides strategies and actions for achieving the community’s vision. The framework plan integrates analysis of land use, transportation, socioeconomic and environmental data — along with extensive community input — to ensure that the values and aspirations of the Southwest Area’s citizens are reflected in the community’s future character. The plan also strives to improve the quality of life for citizens. As the community’s primary policy and planning document addressing land use, urban design, circulation, services and socioeconomic issues, the framework plan will serve as a guide for elected officials tasked with its adoption and funding its implementation, and City department heads charged with its implementation and update. Additionally, it will enable the private sector and other public and quasi-public agencies to anticipate future public investment priorities as well as crystallize the community’s vision for future developments.”

​Next Steps: For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294 or read the plan at http://www.imaginebham.com/southwest-birmingham.html

Refer to council agenda Item 2

3. The Birmingham City Council voted to induct Heager Hill, Anthony Marino, Maxine Parker and Gwendolyn Guster Welch into the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens.

Was this item approved? Yes

What does this mean? The Birmingham City Council’s most important honor is induction into the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens. Induction into the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens is an honor that only the Birmingham City Council can bestow. The Council selects one individual per year to represent the years of that Council’s term in office. Out of 14 nominees, the City Council voted to honor these four citizens: Heager L. Hill, retired U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development official; Anthony Marino, of Marino’s Associated Foods; The late Maxine Parker, former President of the Birmingham City Council; Gwendolyn Guster Welch, Birmingham Public Library Board member.

Next Steps: For more information, please contact the Office of the City Council at 205.254.2294 or visit http://www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org/residents/gallery-of-distinguished-citizens/

Refer to council agenda addendum Item 79

For the Full Birmingham City Council Agenda click here!

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