Montgomery, AL
Comprehensive Plan

The City of Montgomery has been at the forefront of social change in America, as the central heart of the Civil Rights Movement. But the City, home to major institutions and corporations including Maxwell Air Force Base and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing, is also poised and ready to look to the future. Envision Montgomery 2040 is the City’s first comprehensive planning process in more than 50 years.

Unprecedented participation

Envision Montgomery’s Community Summit featured the Alabama State University Marching Hornets, community speakers, a presentation from the planning team and public discussion. During the event, just under 500 participants contributed directly to the City’s comprehensive plan by offering their insights and priorities into key community issues related to mobility, housing, education and land development. The project’s culminating Open House drew 350 individuals who came together to celebrate the plan’s completion, offer comments on the draft document and share ideas about the plan’s implementation.

Community-driven process

Community engagement events throughout the process have been led by a 48-member Steering Committee. Members of the Steering Committee were intentionally selected to represent the wide range of interests and backgrounds in Montgomery today. The group has committed to a community-driven process where the public will inspire, shape and ultimately affirm the final plan.

Increasing community prosperity

The new comprehensive plan focuses on emerging opportunities while also mitigating negative trends of poverty and population decline. Increasing the Montgomery community’s prosperity has been paramount for this project. The plan is a chance for the community to “connect the dots” of quality of place, infrastructure, mobility, and more, all to enhance the underlying economics for government, businesses, institutions, and individuals. When completed, Envision Montgomery 2040 will serve as a guide for long-term preservation, revitalization and growth so that the City can achieve the goals and aspirations of its citizens.


Project Type: comprehensive plan
Community Type: university community
Client: City of Montgomery
Services: comprehensive planning, public engagement, social media and online engagement