Speak now–the conversation is starting.

Don’t wait until the next issue arises to let the City know what’s important to you.

If you missed the Forum on the Future or if you attended but have more to say, share your ideas three ways below.

1. Ideas for the Future

Think about Tuscaloosa today and in the future. What do you think are the greatest opportunities for making our city a better place in the future? You could think in terms of the city’s physical characteristics (places, buildings, streets, open space) or other characteristics of prosperity (people, jobs, services, amenities, recreation).

Please submit one idea at a time. You can submit this form multiple times.

What are your ideas

2. Opportunities Mapping

Think about places in Tuscaloosa that offer opportunity to make the community stronger in the future. Opportunities may be places that reflect well on the community today and should be protected or strengthened; or they could be places with unmet potential or that represent conditions you’d like to see changed or improved.

Mark places on the map and tell us about them.

Instructions

You can identify one place at a time. For large areas, you can put the marker on a specific representative location. Click on the map to get started, then use the form to label, name, and describe the place. Once you click the submit button, your marker will be saved and you will be able to identify a different place.

Tips
1. To move a marker, click and hold on the marker and drag it to a new location.
2. To zoom in/out, use the + and - buttons.
3. To pan the map view, Click and drag away from the marker.

OK
You've marked a place.
Now tell us...

Please complete all form fields before clicking the submit button.


3. Evaluating Initial Direction

 

Nine draft themes attempt to summarize topics that the Comprehensive Plan must address. These themes have been drafted based on review of past plans, input from dozens of stakeholder interviews, and the Framework Steering Committee. For each theme, rate how important the topic is for the future and how well you think it is being addressed today.

Your comments are important. Please explain why you choose to rate a topic high or low. What aspects are most important or what things do you think are not being addressed? Be as specific as possible. Feel free to skip over themes that you are not sure about.

Evaluating Initial Direction

1. Management of growth

  • Focused growth in strategic locations (beyond Downtown)
  • Improved character and quality of design
  • Better utilization of vacant land or structures
  • Long-term financial health of the City
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

2. Strong neighborhoods

  • Protection of existing neighborhood character
  • Investment in distressed areas
  • Creation of new complete neighborhoods
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

3. Diverse housing choices

  • Housing that meets the needs of a diverse population (types, price-points, settings)
  • Development of new housing types
  • Rehabilitation of existing housing
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

4. Stewardship of natural resources

  • Protection of water quality of our lakes
  • Recreational access to natural resources
  • Development respects environmentally sensitive land
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

5. A strong local economy

  • Growing jobs, diversity in job types, and improved wages
  • Ability to attract and retain talent
  • Attractiveness as a visitor destination
  • Personal economic mobility
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

6. A more complete transportation network

  • Improved street connectivity
  • Expanded bicycle and sidewalk networks
  • Transportation alternatives such as transit
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

7. Investment in infrastructure

  • Expansion of roads and public utilities that supports desired growth
  • Maintenance of roads and public utilities that aligns with existing and future needs
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

8. Highly regarded community amenities

  • Outstanding parks and recreational facilities
  • A broad array of arts and cultural amenities
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

9. An engaged and collaborative community

  • Proactive, positive public participation
  • Neighborhood pride with distinct identities
  • Collaboration between institutions and governments in the region
Scale 1-5; 1=Not at all important; 5=Extremely important
Scale 1-5; 1=Very limited progress; 5=Very good progress

4. Please, tell us about yourself

This information will help the planning team know how participation compares to Tuscaloosa’s demographics. Responses are anonymous.

Exit Questionnaire