Community Updates from the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

Community Planning for Collegeville

The RPCGB is working with Auburn University’s Center for Architecture and Urban Studies, UAB’s Civil Engineering Department and the Collegeville community on several initiatives to improve transportation, housing capacity, community open spaces and urban design.  
Among the opportunities for planning and design is the location of Collegeville’s Bethel Baptist Church on the City of Birmingham’s Civil Rights Trail.  The team will design and plan for increased tourism and event opportunities in and around Bethel.  The team will also work to add vehicle and pedestrian bridges needed for transportation over the various railroads tracks the surround and run through the community.  Plans are also in the works for the extension of Finley Boulevard through the southern part of the community that will include bridges over several railroad tracks increasing vehicle traffic in the neighborhood.  The RPCGB will collaborate on all initiatives and will focus on the implementation strategies for the various plans and projects.  For additional information please contact Philip Amthor with the RPCGB at

16th Street Corridor Study and Conceptual Streetscape Plan

The RPCGB and the City of Birmingham conducted a successful meeting with the Fountain Heights Neighborhood Association on Saturday September 12th   2009.  The residents of Fountain Heights completed a Visual Preference Survey for the 16th Street Corridor Study.  The results of the Visual Preference Survey will be presented at the next Neighborhood Association Meeting on Saturday October 3rd at 10am at the Chapel in the Oak Hill Cemetery. The Fountain Heights Neighborhood Association and the City of Birmingham have requested assistance from the Regional Planning Commission through the Building Communities Program to complete this study.  For additional information please contact Richard Amore, Senior Planner with the RPCGB at

City of Calera Public Meeting

The City of Calera will conduct a public meeting on the City of Calera’s Zoning and Sign Ordinance on October 19th at 6pm at City Hall. The update to the city’s comprehensive plan and development regulations are funded by the RPCGB through the Building Communities Program.  For additional information please contact Richard Amore, RPCGB Senior Planner at or Jason Fondren with the KPS Group at jfondren@kpsgroup.

Jemison Adopts New Zoning Code

The Jemison City council recently adopted their new Zoning Code. In a meeting on Monday September 21st the City Council adopted the new code prepared by RPCGB. This concludes months of work on the part of the City of Jemison Planning Commission.

International Walk to School Day
On October 7, 2009 the RPCGB will co-sponsor the International Walk to School Day at Leeds Elementary.  The event is held once a year and is used to help promote physical activity, pedestrian safety and concern for the environment.  They will hold a coloring contest, puppet shows that will emphasize walking, biking, school buses and parent-drop off at school.  The walk with start at 8:30 a.m. with the activities following the walk.

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