Shelby County seeks comments on comprehensive plan

SHELBY CO., Ala. (WBRC) – One of Alabama’s fastest growing counties wants to hear your thoughts as leaders prepare for the future.

Based on forecasts by 2045, they are looking at around 60,000 additional residents and 20,000 new homes, but where is this growth going to happen and what is it going to look like?

Right now, you can go to the County Department building on Highway 280 to view the complete new Shelby County map.

2004 was the last time a plan was presented.

This new plan covers a range of topics that deal with the quality of life you want to see in the next five, ten or 15 years.

Using surveys of more than three thousand people, leaders have developed a map indicating the areas they will focus on.

When it comes to things to do, many people want outdoor activities.

Lindsey Puckett, Senior Planner of Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham said people wanted the option to give up their car keys.

“Have better sidewalk infrastructure, more bike lanes, more trails that can connect them from schools to activity centers, parks and open spaces,” Puckett said. “They also want to see more infill development and redevelopment of currently vacant and underutilized sites instead of brand new malls.”

You have until 6 p.m. to watch a video presentation of the plan and you will have the chance to give your opinion.

After Aug. 11, they will continue to meet with steak holders and department heads across the county.

Then start writing the plan that includes recommendations for transportation, trails, recreation, and code updates.

Leaders hope to pass a plan by March 2023.

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