Category - Presentations


Downtown Master Plan Update

The City of Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville, Inc. (DHI) have hired Urban Design Associates (UDA) to update the Downtown Master Plan. The last time the plan was refreshed was in 2006. Since then, downtown has grown significantly with new residential and retail development. The update will focus on four potential growth areas within the Central Business …


Traveling Exhibition

After two years of planning, analysis, and community engagement, the BIG Picture is beginning to shape the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Huntsville. Join us as we provide a review of what we’ve heard from you, and where we think the new master plan is going. The exhibit will offer a look at the Principles …


Johnson High School

The BIG Picture is having an in-depth discussion on what possibilities and challenges face the site once the school moves to a new campus this summer. We need your input! Johnson High School Planning Workshop Date: March 8, 2016 Presenters: Councilman Richard Showers, City of Huntsville; John Hamilton, City of Huntsville; Dennis Madsen, City of Huntsville Location: Johnson High School Cafeteria Map …



As our community continues to grow, the City of Huntsville and the Huntsville/Madison County Public Library know how important it is that our public amenities keep up with that growth.  As part of the BIG Picture planning process, we invite the residents and neighbors to help shape a vision for the future of the Berachah …


Speaker Series: Rolf Eisinger and Mike Sewell

Rolf Eisinger, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with Louisville (Kentucky) Metro, and Mike Sewell, Principal Engineer with Gresham Smith and Partners came to Huntsville on February 18, 2016 as part of the BIG Picture Speaker Series. The event was held at Merrimack Hall.  Eisinger and Sewell have been instrumental in the transition Louisville has made in the past decade to transform into a …


Neighborhood Planning: Medical District

The Medical District DRAFT Master Plan  View DRAFT Master Plan PDF Open House: January 27, 2016 Medical District Neighborhood Planning Workshop Date: October 14, 2015 Presenter: Dennis Madsen, City of Huntsville Location: Huntsville High School Freshman Academy A map of the workshop planning area. (Source: City of Huntsville GIS) The Medical District Planning Workshop took place on October 14, 2015, and …


Grissom High School Master Plan

When the new Grissom opens in the Fall of 2017, it will leave behind a campus off Bailey Cove, in the heart of South Huntsville.  In anticipation for that time, multiple departments in the City of Huntsville (Planning, Parks and Recreation, and General Services among them), in cooperation with Huntsville City Schools, the Huntsville-Madison County …


Speaker Series: Ryan Gravel

Ryan Gravel, who envisioned the wildly popular Atlanta BeltLine, came to Huntsville on September 29th, 2015 as part of the BIG Picture Speaker Series. The event was held at Merrimack Hall. While a graduate student in architecture and city planning at Georgia Tech, Gravel conceived the idea that eventually became the Atlanta BeltLine. The BeltLine is a …


Next Steps

After a year of input, study, and analysis, we are ready to begin framing the comprehensive plan! On May 7th, the BIG Picture: Next Steps Event was held at Trinity United Methodist Church’s New Room on Airport Road. We pinpointed the big questions to answer and identified issues that will guide our decision making. We looked to prioritize projects and initiatives, and …



Huntsville is fortunate to have short commute times and relatively little traffic– major selling points for residents and companies that move from larger peer cities like Washington, DC and San Jose, CA. But with a growing population and federal and state transportation dollars dwindling, how are we going to handle traffic in the future, and …

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