Regional Planning Commission October Newsletter

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RPC Quarterly Newsletter: October 2018

Upcoming Events

October 22, 2018

The RPCGB will hold a public hearing to adopt the proposed Highway 280 and Old Highway 280 Overlay District at the City of Chelsea’s Planning Commission meeting. For more information visit to view the draft plan and learn more.

October 23, 2018

The Pelham Comprehensive Plan update is underway! Join us to give input at interactive stations on October 23 at one of the two Kickoff Open Houses – from 11am to 1pm or from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Pelham Civic Complex. Can’t make the open houses? Then give input by taking our online survey at

Visit the project website at to sign up for updates and to learn more. 

November 3-4, 2018

Alabama Partners for Clean Air will be at Moss Rock Festival on November 3 from 10am-5pm and November 4 from 10am-4pm. The Festival is a regional focus for art, design & environmental lovers everywhere. With music, food and entertainment.

The Birmingham City Center Master Plan is underway! 

In the last 10 years, downtown Birmingham has experienced an unprecedented amount of growth, new construction and redevelopment of underutilized spaces. For this reason, it is an opportune time to develop a new Birmingham City Center Master Plan to complement the city center’s revitalization efforts and help residents, workers and visitors to experience all that downtown Birmingham has to offer. This effort is being led by the RPCGB, the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham, who have engaged the consulting services of Stantec Urban Places.

Visit the project website at to sign up for updates, and give input by taking our online survey at

CommuteSmart welcomes a new Outreach Coordinator

Ms. Patricia Coghlan grew up in the Ozarks, she joined the Army as a Medical Services Officer to see the world and she moved to Kansas and landed in Alabama! Trish specializes in building bridges by directing the efforts of numerous individuals' talents into a comprehensive united effort.

RPCGB Partners with the UAB TRIP Lab

The UAB TRIP (Translational Research for Injury Prevention) Lab, established in 2009 by Dr. Despina Stavrinos, is committed to gaining a better understanding of the psychological aspects of transportation-related injury through multi-disciplinary research and translating those findings to the practice of injury prevention and control.

To learn more about how RPCGB is partnering with the UAB TRIP Lab, click here!

The Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association has honored the RPCGB

The Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association has honored the RPCGB and the City of Alabaster with the “2018 Outstanding Planning Award for a Project or Implementation Tool” for itsState Route 119 Overlay District and Design Guidelines. The RPCGB community planning team was instrumental in the development of State Route 119 Overlay District and Design Guidelines, which were adopted by the City of Alabaster in March 2017. 

The overlay district applies to new development and redevelopment projects along the four-mile stretch of State Route 119 between U.S. 31 and Shelby County 80. These design recommendations are in line with what was heard from the public during the 2016 Alabaster Comprehensive Plan Update. Visit to view the State Route 119 Overlay District and the 2016 Comprehensive Plan.