In 2014, the Planning Department is focused on three major initiatives. The first is implementation of the “Renew Opelika Road” plan that was adopted by the City Council in August 2013. This effort will require modifications to our existing zoning regulations to encourage new development and redevelopment that will revitalize the Opelika Road corridor over time. The first round of regulatory changes is scheduled to be completed in June 2014.
The second initiative is the completion of the Downtown Master Plan. This initiative kicked off in earnest in August 2013 with the first public input meeting on the project being held on August 28th. Attendance was considerable with more than 150 participants. Currently, the plan is scheduled for completion and consideration by the Planning Commission in July 2014 and City Council in August/September 2014.
Last, but not least, is the continued implementation of other recommendations set forth in CompPlan 2030, including focus area studies for the I-85/Exit 50 interchange and the Samford Avenue Extension. Development standards for new types of performance housing are also being developed in furtherance of the Plan's emphasis on infill development and redevelopment.