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Huntsville Embarks on City-Wide Comprehensive Master Planning Process
Mayor Battle says citizen input and engagement will be key in shaping plan: Kickoff event May 6, 6 PM

City of Huntsville FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville is launching a major, 18-month comprehensive master planning initiative that will shape the future of our City for decades to come. The extensive planning process will include citizens, leaders and experts in its decision making.

"This is the first time in more than 40 years that the City has attempted such a wide-spread effort," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "We have a wonderful city, but we also recognize that our community is changing, whether it is through economic, demographic, sustainability or environmental concerns, we know we must adapt to a changing landscape. That means being proactive and not reactive in our planning."

Leading the master planning process is Dennis Madsen, the City of Huntsville's Long-Range Urban Planner. Madsen has scheduled a kick-off event for the public on Tuesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium (Life Center) of First Baptist Church, 600 Governors Drive.

"This is an exciting process, and we have been working for months pulling data and trying to better understand the various aspects and needs of our community, and this includes our strengths, challenges and desires," said Madsen. "At the May 6 kick-off, we will begin by presenting our data and follow up with break-out sessions for citizen engagement. Citizens can expect monthly opportunities to meet and join the conversation, and we will be hosting experts from across the nation to guide the discussion."

Some of the topics the comprehensive master plan will address over the coming months include plans for neighborhood redevelopment, parks and greenways, transportation, and quality of life. "I hope each and every citizen will join us in this important endeavor," said Mayor Battle. "We will lay out more of our planning process at the kickoff on Tuesday evening, and we look forward to working together with our community as we shape Huntsville for a bright future."

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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