Birmingham is currently undertaking a comprehensive planning process with a twenty year framework, the first since 1961. The City Council approved a $570,000 proposal to retain Goody, Clancy & Associates of Boston with KPS Group as the local consultant.
Beginning with Burnham’s Plan of Chicago 1909 (the first comprehensive planning document), it is rare that a comprehensive plan is implemented in its totality, in part because of issues of temporal and spatial scales, coupled with the evolutive nature of a city’s ever changing needs up against a more or less static document. Comprehensive planning is, nevertheless, a critical part of the visioning process for any community and a comp. plan can be composed such as to permit flexibility and adaptability for changing conditions.
I encourage readers to participate in the visioning process and to browse the documents and maps in the resource library, as well as lobbying the city for a systematic overhaul of the zoning ordinance, which is as obsolete as the original comp. plan. Any comprehensive plan is an iterative process, and the city planning department and its planning consultants need public input to make this a truly comprehensive plan.