Framework Adoption Process Begins (UPDATED)

By January 24, 2020 July 10th, 2020 News

With the success of the November 6, 2019 Framework Open House and the final meeting of the Framework Steering Committee on December 11, 2019, we now look ahead to the adoption process.

Planning and Zoning Commission adopted the following Special Called meetings to be held outside of their regularly scheduled monthly meetings. Between the special called meetings, the city will invite various community groups to set up meetings with staff to go over concerns and ask questions (Chamber of Commerce, Tuscaloosa Neighbors Together, etc.).

The following schedule was adopted for the Special Called meetings:

This page was last updated on: July 10, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines regarding large groups, we are having to re-examine our meeting schedule. When CDC guidelines will allow for larger groups, we will release an updated meeting schedule. We will provide at least two weeks’ notice before meetings resume.

February 19, 2020: Special Called Framework Meeting

This meeting will cover:

  • Chapter 3 (Living)
  • Chapter 4 (Connecting)
  • Chapter 5 (Experiencing)
  • Chapter 6 (Competing)
  • Chapter 7 (Achieving)

March 4, 2020: Special Called Framework Meeting
This meeting will cover:

  • Chapter 2 (Growing – general objectives)
  • Chapter 2 (Growing): Concentration Areas and maps
    • Downtown/University Area
    • West Tuscaloosa

April 22, 2020: Special Called Framework Meeting
This meeting will cover:

  • Chapter 2 (Growing): Concentration Areas and maps
    • North Tuscaloosa and the Lakes
    • Eastern growth area
    • Highway 69 South Corridor

May 20, 2020: Special Called Framework Meeting
This meeting will cover:

  • Review changes based on comment at public hearings
  • Adopt

June 3, 2020: Special Called Framework Meeting (if needed)
This meeting will cover:

  • Review changes based on comment at public hearings
  • Adopt

All meetings will be held at 5:00 PM in the City Council Chamber located in City Hall.

State code Section 11-52-10 outlines the process for the adoption of a master plan for development, giving authority to the Planning and Zoning Commission alone to adopt the plan.

Before the adoption of the plan… the commission shall hold at least one public hearing thereon…

The adoption of the plan… shall be by resolution of the commission carried by the affirmative votes of not less than six members of the commission… An attested copy of the plan… shall be certified to the governing body and to the county probate judge.

Through the Framework process, we saw the following community participation:

  • 40+ represented organizations and groups in our July-September 2018 Listen and Learn Interviews.
  • 11 Steering Committee meetings
  • 5 Housing Subcommittee meetings
  • 4 Lakes Subcommittee meetings
  • 325 individuals at the November 2018 Forum on the Future
  • 450 individuals at the November 2019 Open House

The Framework process has been fully transparent, and we are proud of these efforts. The city looks to maintain that transparency through the adoption process.