Four years ago, the City of Huntsville unveiled its strategic plan for the future of the city, known as The BIG Picture. Last week, Mayor Tommy Battle gave an update on the plan, which the city has described as “a living, breathing plan that adapts and bends with changing times.”
Here are the highlights of Battle’s update, as reported by the City of Huntsvile:
A plan shaped by Huntsville residents
In 2018, the City of Huntsville unveiled the BIG Picture, its first published, comprehensive master plan shaped by direct and frequent input from citizens.
That input encompassed more than 200 public workshops and lectures, a 24/7 online idea forum and an informative traveling exhibit to help craft the guide as a compass and roadmap for smart, sustainable growth.
“Since we kicked off The BIG Picture planning process in 2014, we’ve seen significant growth in Huntsville, which is now the largest city in Alabama. This plan has helped shape our community in a positive way and will continue to direct how we grow and enhance quality of life.”Mayor Tommy Battle
To provide a snapshot of The BIG Picture and where Huntsville’s heading, the city will launch a monthslong educational campaign for the public beginning in August and running through December. The effort will include:
- Informative blogs on the city’s website to include a variety of topics, such as alternative modes, transportation, housing, arts and culture, and more.
- Social media content on The BIG Picture Facebook page.
- Public-facing events designed to spur conversation in the community.
How to see The BIG Picture
The BIG Picure plan is viewable by anyone, and the City of Huntsville has made the updates and progress report accessible online. The plan is broken into several subcategories.
From planning policy on urban agriculture to city policy on growth and annexation, these policies represent changes in, or additions to, the city’s regulatory framework – as well as agreed-upon best practices – that support the realization of the core principles of the plan.
Click on a link to view the updates:
- Aging in Place / Healthy Communities
- Bike Network Development
- Business Incubation / Innovation Support
- Business, Homeowner and Civic Associations
- Complete Streets
- Cultivating a Culture of Music
- Data Infrastructure
- Design Guidelines
- Employment Diversification
- Energy Resiliency and Security
- Growth and Annexation
- Housing Choice
- Local Talent Growth and Retention
- Mixed-Use Development
- Performance Measures
- Public Art Master Plan
- Recreation Destination
- Retail Redevelopment
- Small Business Support
- Town & Gown
- Transportation Planning
- Urban Agriculture
- Zoning Updates
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