Community Updates from the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

16th Street Corridor Study and Conceptual Streetscape Plan

The RPCGB and the Fountain Heights Neighborhood Association presented the 16th Street Corridor Study and Conceptual Streetscape Plan to the City of Birmingham Planning Commission and City Council. The City of Birmingham Planning Commission adopted the 16th Street Corridor Study and Conceptual Streetscape Plan on May 5th, 2010.  The City of Birmingham City Council adopted the 16th Street Corridor Study and Conceptual Streetscape Plan on May 11th, 2010. 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 ramore@rpcgb.org.

City of Leeds Master Plan

The RPCGB continue to move forward on the City of Leeds Master Plan 2010.  The RPCGB met with several stakeholders during the month of May and is moving forward with the stakeholder involvement process during the month of June in guiding the future direction of the Master Plan. The RPCGB is in the process of putting together a stakeholder advisory committee for the City of Leeds Master Plan. The RPCGB looks forward to kicking off the public involvement meetings in the coming months once the existing conditions analysis is completed. The City of Leeds has requested assistance from the RPCGB through the Building Communities Program to complete the master plan for the city.  For additional information please contact Richard Amore, Senior Planner with the RPCGB at ramore@rpcgb.org.

To see a complete list of community planning projects completed over the last year, visit the Community Planning section of the RPCGB website.

Greenway Project Moves Forward

A long anticipated greenway project has taken another step towards completion with help from RPCGB.  In April 2009, a Building Communities Grant was awarded to complete a “Strategic Plan for the Implementation of the Five Mile Creek Trail Location Study.”  The implementation study will be modeled after the PATH Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Atlanta with a mission of develop a system of interlinking greenway trails from commuting and recreation.
 
Plans for the Five Mile Creek Greenway began with an 8-mile section of greenway on Five Mile Creek funded by Sloss Industries (now Walter Coke) as part of a Supplemental Environmental Plan agreement. Sloss also set aside property on the creek in conservation easements and planted trees.  RPCGB and Cawaco RC&D Council in cooperation with Sloss produced the Five Mile Creek Greenway Master Plan in 2005.  RPCGB took the project another step by securing funding through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for trail location studies in Brookside, Fultondale, and Center Point.  The Five Mile Creek Trail Location Study was completed in April 2008. 
 
The main feature of the Five Mile Creek Greenway is a 16.5 mile path planned on the CSX Cane Creek Rail Line.  This historic mineral rail line is planned to be developed as a multi-use trail.  Money has been programmed for the acquisition of the Cane Creek Rail Trail through the MPO. Matching funds will be provided through fund raising and local grants.

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