Department will be focused on accomplishing several current and long-range
planning initiatives during the course of Fiscal Year 2016.
implementation of the Downtown Master Plan (in the form of both comprehensive
plan and zoning ordinance amendments) is well underway with six (6) separate
work sessions having been held with the Planning Commission and Planning
Department staff beginning on September 29, 2015 and concluding on January 12,
2016. Public hearings to adopt the
amendments are tentatively scheduled for February 2016 (Planning Commission)
and March/April 2016 (City Council).
In April 2016,
the Planning staff will commence the first five-year comprehensive update of
the City’s CompPlan 2030. Comp
Plan 2030 was adopted by the City Council in October 2011 and has been
implemented aggressively since that time.
This important update provides the opportunity to reflect on the City’s
planning accomplishments over the past five years, update the plan accordingly,
and begin to set new goals for the next five years to ensure that the City
continues to appropriately manage its robust growth in accordance with sound
planning principles and practices. By
doing so, we are not only protecting the quality of life that our current
residents enjoy, but also for the generations that will follow. Planning Commission and City Council
consideration and adoption of the updated plan is anticipated in October and
November 2016, respectively.
Summer 2016 approaches, the City will embark upon an expansion of its 2013
“Renew Opelika Road” Corridor Plan. This
effort will entail conducting a similar study and land use inventory for Bragg
Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, which effectively represents a
westward extension of the initial plan area.