Over 350 people turned out on October 16th to see the culmination of a 15-month-long effort to develop the City of Montgomery’s first comprehensive plan in more than 50 years. Led by a volunteer Steering Committee, the new comprehensive plan for the City—Envision Montgomery—was unveiled during the Community Choices Open House to an enthusiastic crowd representing a broad spectrum of community members. The promise of the plan was highlighted by Mayor Todd Strange who spoke at the event and lauded the document as a critical guide for growth and decision making.
Attendees at the Open House provided feedback on the plan’s vision, goals and recommendations. With 107 action proposals organized into six chapters, it is an ambitious, yet realistic, roadmap for the future. The plan includes a future land-use framework within the 335 square planning miles, delineating character areas ranging from Downtown Core to Rural Edge/Conservation. Key recommendations target some of the City’s greatest opportunities and include a Possibilities Neighborhood Program, a pilot neighborhood-level intervention that focuses redevelopment energy in targeted communities that are suffering from blight and disinvestment.
The City’s staff will tour the draft plan to each of the nine council districts to gather feedback. Feedback will be assimilated into the document and brought to the planning commission for adoption.