The Big Picure: Your Study. Your Vision. Your Plan for the City of Huntsville

Southwest Subarea

One of the largest and most diverse subareas, it is also among the most rapidly growing.

Subareas
 Downtown  North  West Central  East Central  Northwest  East  Southeast  Southwest

Vision

  • New and expanding employment centers enjoy broad transportation connectivity to the surrounding areas, providing ready access for employees.
  • Services and quality-of-life amenities have been added throughout the district as new neighborhoods have developed.
  • The economic and employment base offers a diverse array of job opportunities for regional workers.

Summary

The area’s challenges deal mostly with issues of connectivity and quality of life. This subarea has for the past five years ranked consistently toward the top for housing starts in the region, which in turn has begun to impact the traffic flow from the neighborhoods.

At the same time, the Southwest Subarea is either home to or serves as the primary access to three of the largest employment centers in the region: Redstone Arsenal, Cummings Research Park, and the nascent Huntsville/Limestone manufacturing district.   As a result, traffic is a concern not only for local residents, but also for the tens of thousands of commuters coming into or passing through the region every day.

The area’s rapid growth underscores the need for more amenities, including parks and greenways, to serve the growing population.  Community surveys earlier in the BIG Picture process affirmed the idea that improved greenway connections and additional recreation facilities were important to the local residents.

Actions

  • Support implementation of Greenway Master Plan, with subarea emphasis on connecting the Indian Creek Greenway north and south.
  • Update the Cummings Research Park Master Plan.
  • Update the “Sasaki Plan” to accommodate new growth and development in the Huntsville/Limestone region.
  • Continue to coordinate access improvements with Redstone Arsenal, across all transportation modes.