Planning NEXT is adding to our Town-Gown experience. The City of Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, has kicked-off a multi-year process to update its comprehensive plan and overhaul its zoning regulations. Tuscaloosa joins the list of university communities we’ve helped, which includes: Athens-Clarke County, GA (University of Georgia), Columbia, SC (University of South Carolina), Lee County, AL (Auburn University), Columbus, OH (The Ohio State University), Dayton, OH (University of Dayton), Morgantown, WV (West Virginia University), among others.
On June 1st, Planning NEXT spent the day touring the City and meeting with City Staff and other stakeholders to get oriented to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update process. The Plan is intended to tie together many specific topical and geographic plans into a single, aligned City vision and policy direction. Tuscaloosa’s last city-wide plan was in 2009. Since that time, the City has experienced significant growth, changing market forces since the global recession, and two major tornados in April 2011.
The Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update will also include specialized elements of the plan including a Comprehensive Five Year Affordable Housing Study, Economic Development Strategy, Master Street Plan, Water and Sewer Extension Plan and Public Facilities Plan. The planning team will include local and national partners: Clarion Associates, Ninigret Partners, GMC, Kimley Horn, and TTL to assist with these elements.