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Jul

Updating Zoning

In discussing a vision for the future of Huntsville, it is rare that the talk turns to zoning and land use. However, the way in which a community regulates growth has a very real impact on the nature of new development and redevelopment. 

18
Jul

The Value of Sidewalks

For decades, sidewalks were a common sight in front of houses and meandering among neighborhoods. The practice of installing them fell by the wayside, however, for several decades as neighborhoods and town centers became designed more for the automobile. 

18
Jul

Planning for Healthy Communities

In 2004, Urban Sprawl and Public Health was published by three epidemiologists. Up to that point, few outside of the planning community were making arguments for a return to walkable communities.

18
Jul

Missing Middle Housing

Recognizing not only that Huntsville is growing, but also that our demographics are changing, we know that we have to diversify the available housing stock.

18
Jul

Implementing Bicycle Infrastructure

When we talk about having options within our transportation network, one of the most effective ways to add choice is to accommodate bicycling. Unfortunately, many cities – Huntsville included – didn’t take cycling into account during their growth, and are having to retrofit existing networks to suit the increase in bicycling demand.

18
Jul

Growing the Greenway Network

It’s been said countless times: Huntsvillians love their greenways. What often follows is that they’d like to see even more of them. Longer trails, more connections, and more places to go. There are many opportunities to create a broader network… the challenge is how to do it both quickly and effectively.

18
Jul

Small Area Plans

The BIG Picture started by looking at city-wide concerns: traffic, development, job growth, economy, etc. As the process proceeds, the planning effort will focus on areas that need more specific study and design. These are referred to as “Small Area Plans”, or SAPs.

18
Jul

What Are: Design Guidelines?

For a community that is interested in addressing aesthetic concerns, Design Guidelines are a common tool.

18
Jul

What Is: Placemaking?

Placemaking is the idea that when designing a city, the focus should be on using the innate character and context of the community to create unique and engaging districts. 

18
Jul

What Is: Strip Recovery?

During the latter half of the 20th century, many commercial shopping developments were built in Huntsville. Millions of square feet of retail came online in the metro area. However, new centers didn’t always bring new retail, often serving as relocation sites for existing shops and services.   

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