City Council Meeting Recap 8.28.18

Here’s the video from today’s meeting:

And here’s a recap of the items the City Council passed today:

Item 1

An Ordinance “TO FURTHER AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP OF THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM” (Case No. ZAC2018–00009) to change zone district boundaries from QC-2, Qualified General Commercial District to QC-2, Qualified Commercial District and thereby amending the “Q” conditions in order to allow a multiple family use, filed by Brian Hatcher, representing the owner, Lakeshore Parkway Retail, LP for the property located at 259 Lakeshore Parkway, Birmingham Alabama 35209, situated in the NW ¼ of Section 26, Township 18-S; 3-W, and the hearing of all interested parties

A major residential development is coming to Lakeshore Parkway following an item that adjusted the “Q” conditions on the property where the Regal Wildwood 14 Theatre used to be located.

The change will allow for a multi-family residential development, whereas before it was zoned for commercial use only. The site will house 280 units, with half of them being single bedroom apartments. All the units will be market rate.

The City’s Long Range Land Use Plan identifies the property for General Commercial District; therefore, the amendment of “Q” conditions Is Consistent with the Plan.

The Oxmoor Neighborhood Association met at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 9, 2018 to review the proposed project and voted to approve the proposed project. The vote was 9 approved and 0 denied.

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Item 19

A Resolution authorizing the Mayor to accept the unconditional donation to the City of Birmingham from Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company & Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc. Joint Venture, of $50,000.00, said funds to be used to offset the City’s costs associated with the Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates, Inc. contract for vibration testing, planning and control services during the I-20/59 renovations in the area of the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The firm of Wiss, Janey, and Elstner Associates, Inc has conducted multiple such vibration assessment studies for some of the largest art museums across the country. During the period of construction, and especially during the demolition phase of the I-20/59 bridges through downtown, the Birmingham Museum of Art’s collection could be affected by vibrations. This study will help the Museum of Art ensure that its entire collection is safe, secure, and preserved during and beyond the bridge replacement project.

Item 59

A Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute and deliver on behalf of the City an agreement with Airbnb, Inc. for Airbnb to voluntarily facilitate the reporting, collection and remittance of applicable lodging taxes imposed under applicable City of Birmingham ordinances on behalf of hosts for booking transactions completed by hosts and guests on the Airbnb platform for accommodations located in City of Birmingham, Alabama.

Because of the speed at which tech start up companies grow and expand, it is often difficult for municipalities to regulate their activities, collect regular taxes on their operations like any other business, and make sure they are operating according to their laws.

According to this agreement, Airbnb will start paying lodging taxes on behalf of its hosts in the city limits of Birmingham on October 1st, 2018. Now that there is resolution of the tax situation with the company, the next area to address is zoning of those who are hosting on their platform.

Full Agenda

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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

Monday, September 3, 2018

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY — CITY HALL CLOSED

12:30 p.m. — Joint Parks and Recreation Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — City Council Chambers — CANCELLED

4:00 p.m. — Joint Transportation Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Room “A” — CANCELLED

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

9:00 a.m. — Pre-Council Meeting — City Council Chambers; 9:30 a.m. — City Council Meeting — City Council Chambers

3:30 p.m. — Joint Public Safety Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — City Council Chambers

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

9:30 a.m. — Park Board Meeting — Maxine Herring Parker Board Room, Legion Field, 400 Graymont Avenue West

3:00 p.m. — Joint Planning and Zoning Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — 5th Floor Conference Room

Friday, September 7, 2018

3:00 p.m. — Joint Governmental Affairs and Public Information Committee and Special Called Committee of the Whole Meeting — Conference Rooms “D & E”

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