City Council Meeting Recap 12.17.19

Here’s the video from the meeting:

And here are a few of the main items the Birmingham City Council approved at the December 17th, 2019 Meeting:

Item 1

As part of an ongoing effort to update Birmingham’s zoning map, the City Council unanimously approved a plan to rezone the West End Community. Councilor Steven Hoyt, chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee, said this is the best way to change the “Zoning Mayhem” in Birmingham

Item 3

Following a public hearing, the Birmingham City Council unanimously voted to designate Five Points South as an entertainment district. The new ordinance is slated to go into effect March 1, 2020. The designation is the third of its kind in Birmingham with Uptown being approved in 2015, and Pepper Place being approved last year. The boundaries of the entertainment district allow for open containers of alcohol to be carried outside of establishments, and in turn increase foot traffic in areas that are developed for music, restaurants and bars.

To learn more about what this means for 5 Points South, click here:

Item 16

The Birmingham City Council approved an Ordinance to extend the moratorium on self-storage mini-warehouses, passed by the City Council on July 2nd, for an additional 90 days beyond the original December 30th, expiration. Read more about this ordinance here:

Items 18, 19, and 20

The Birmingham City Council passed three Resolutions to approve Agreements with LiftFund, and Urban Impact. These organizations will receive funding from the City through the Building Opportunities for Lasting Development (or BOLD) program.

Item 18

For a one-year funding agreement of $120,000 LiftFund will:

· Provide collaborative outreach and education for microbusinesses to women-owned, minority-owned, and disadvantaged businesses (WMDBEs)

· Administer microloans of up to $10,000 made to WMDBE microbusinesses located within the City of Birmingham

Urban Impact received two Bold Grants.

For a one-year funding agreement of $75,000, Urban Impact will:

· Establish and support action oriented collaborative networks that generate innovative solutions based on Main Street’s Four Point approach

· Implement strategies that promote and market the entire Urban Impact Development District’s unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners and visitors

· Implement a series of new programs and incentives to catalyze development activity in the Historic 4th Avenue Business District

· Fill vacant and blighted spaces by developing more robust business recruitment platforms powered by programs designed to offer predevelopment assistance and resources to property owners, merchants and investors

· Build a future for the Main Street program and secure sustainability strategies

Item 20

For a one-year funding agreement of $138,224, Urban Impact will:

· Establish and support action oriented collaborative networks that generate innovative solutions based on Main Street’s Four Point approach

· Implement strategies that promote and market Ensley’s unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners and visitors

· Implement programs and support community efforts that promote and create a more inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks and landscaping

· Fill vacant and blighted spaces by providing niche technical assistance and resources to merchants and property owners

· Build a future for the Ensley UrbanMain — Main Street program and secure sustainability strategies

Full Agenda

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

9:00 a.m. — Park Board Meeting — Maxine Herring Parker Board Room, Legion Field, 400 Graymont Avenue West

Monday, December 23, 2019

3:30 p.m. — Joint Budget and Finance Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Rooms “D & E” — CANCELLED (Date of Special Called Meeting is forthcoming)

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY — CITY HALL CLOSED

9:00 a.m. — Pre-Council Meeting — City Council Chambers; 9:30 a.m. — Council Meeting — City Council Chambers — CANCELLED (Rescheduled on Monday, December 30th)

2:00 p.m. — Joint Administration/Education Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Room “A” — CANCELLED

3:00 p.m. — Joint Economic Development Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Rooms “D & E” — CANCELLED

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

CHRISTMAS DAY — CITY HALL CLOSED

12:00 p.m. — Joint Planning and Zoning Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — 5th Floor Conference Room- City Hall — CANCELLED

3:30 p.m. — Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Rooms “D & E” — CANCELLED

Monday, December 30 2019

9:00 a.m. — Pre-Council Meeting — City Council Chambers; 9:30 a.m. — Council Meeting — City Council Chambers (Reschedule of Dec. 24th meeting)

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