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September 13, 2017 Heart of Homewood Plan Kickoff!

  The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham and the City of Homewood are excited to announce the kickoff for the Heart of Homewood Plan – the branded name for the Downtown Homewood Master Plan. To learn more about the study area boundary click here.   Interested in learning more about the plan? Head over to…[Read More]

July 12, 2017 LUCA Presentation August 3, 2017

The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) operation provides an opportunity for tribal, federal, state, and local governments to review and improve the address lists and maps used to conduct the 2020 Census. Within this program, the Census Bureau provides address lists and maps to governmental entities for review and update. A more accurate Census…[Read More]

July 12, 2017 Alabama Communities of Excellence

The cities of Jasper and Oneonta have each been named an Alabama Community of Excellence. Their graduation ceremony was held at the opening session of the Alabama League of Municipalities convention on May 20th. ACE is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides technical assistance to select communities with populations ranging from 2,000 to 18,000 that helps…[Read More]

July 12, 2017 The 2017 Your Town Alabama Workshop

The 2017 Your Town Alabama Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 – Friday, September 1, 2017 at Camp McDowell, located near Nauvoo, AL, in Walker County. The workshop consists of highly informative presentations and problem-solving activities for participants and is an excellent opportunity to network with other leaders from communities throughout Alabama. Participants will…[Read More]

July 12, 2017 Birmingham Council approves 20th Street study

Experts are slated to weigh in on the recent idea of turning Birmingham’s 20th Street into a pedestrian and public transit corridor. The Birmingham City Council approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a grant agreement between the city and with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham for the 20th Street Pedestrian Mall Study…[Read More]

July 7, 2017 B-Active Plan – Recap of June 27 Open House Event materials and launch of new short survey

B-Active Plan – Recap of June 27 Open House Event materials Thanks to the 52 attendees and the Birmingham Bicycle Club members for dropping by our Open House event on June 27, 2017 at the Railroad Park Pavilion. If you missed the event, please click on the link below to view the existing “Level of…[Read More]

June 29, 2017 Cyclist injured in hit-and-run stresses safety after wreck

IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Irondale Police are searching for whoever hit a cyclist and didn’t stop earlier this week. Investigators said the incident happened along Crestwood Boulevard Monday morning. The victim, Thomas Waters, was recently released from the hospital. He said he is fortunate to only have bruises and scrapes. “It’s a miracle that I…[Read More]

June 28, 2017 Charles Ball, Keynote Speaker for RPC Annual Conference Presentation

Click here to view the presentation by Mr. Charles Ball.

June 28, 2017 B-Active Plan Presentation

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, on behalf of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), has contracted with Toole Design Group to develop the B Active Plan, which is the branded name for the Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan. View the B-Active Plan Presentation from the RPCGB Annual Conference.

June 15, 2017 – B Active Plan: Moving forward to make Birmingham a better place to bike and walk!

The B-Active Plan, an initiative of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, is intended to help establish a clear vision for short-term and long-term projects that are needed to build a safer, more connected and equitable bicycle and trail system for the region. The plan launched in April with input from the community to…[Read More]

June 13, 2017 Study finds adequate, but inaccessible parking in downtown Homewood

HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) – Nearly three times a week, you’ll find Jan Bizjak scooting around downtown Homewood. “We love the city, hate the parking,” she says laughing. “It’s a big waiting game. You have to wait until somebody pulls out and if you’re parking on the hill, it’s awful,” she adds. In April, the Regional…[Read More]

June 8, 2017 – Business, restaurant parking could improve in metro suburb

People who work downtown and want to take a quick trip to Homewood for lunch or for some quick shopping after work may get a parking reprieve. A recent traffic study, unveiled at a council meeting this week, indicates there is actually plenty of parking. The current woes to find a parking spot is likely…[Read More]

June 6, 2017- B-Active Plan – Save the date for our next Open House Event

Please save the date for our next Open House event that will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Railroad Park Pavilion from 4:00-6:30PM.   We hope that you will plan to drop by anytime to see the results of the public input from the online survey and the mapping tool as our…[Read More]

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE: Free Economic Development and Economic Resiliency Trainings for Elected Leaders and Community Partners

The International Economic Development Council, with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and in partnership with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham and the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments, is offering three free training courses in central-north Alabama related to economic development.   The Economic Development for Elected Leaders and Community…[Read More]

Alabama Department of Transportation invites you to attend a public involvement meeting to review the proposed Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Notice is hereby given that the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) will hold a Public Involvement Meeting to review the proposed Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The purpose of the meeting is to solicit comments from the public about the proposed plan.  Day and Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Location: Alabama…[Read More]

Neighborhood Voices: North Titusville

Weld’s “Neighborhood Voices” series features interviews with the presidents of each of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhood associations about the strengths and challenges facing their communities. If you are a neighborhood leader and would like your neighborhood to be included, you can reach out to us at sam@weldbham.com. The neighborhood of North Titusville has often been described…[Read More]

B-Active Plan on Talk of Alabama

‘B Active Plan’ seeking to make region better for walkers, bicyclists

Over the past decade, the Birmingham area has seen a surge in the number of parks, green spaces, walking and bicycle trails. With more people getting out of their cars, there’s growing interest in how to better connect attractions such as Railroad Park, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Oak Mountain State Park and the Dunnavant Valley…[Read More]

B- Active Plan kicks off Tuesday, April 18th at Railroad Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CBS42 Community) – Interested in biking or walking to work? Let The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham know your thoughts today from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Main Pavilion in Railroad Park. “What we want to be able to do is make bicycling, and walking feel more comfortable to everybody…[Read More]

B-Active kickoff events for plans to boost bicycle use in the metro area

The “B-Active” plan is gathering the community’s input on which projects they believe are needed to make bicycling more accessible. As more people are taking an interest in bicycling and walking on their daily commute, it is raising safety concerns for many. The B-Active plan hopes to change that and create a better environmental plan…[Read More]

National Odyssey Day 2017

The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and Lawson State Community College are hosting National Alternative Fuel Training Consortium’s National Odyssey Day, April 20.  This nationwide biennial event seeks to educate the public about alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles as well as the important role these vehicles play in providing solutions to our nation’s energy security…[Read More]

B Active Plan: Striving to make Birmingham even better!

The Birmingham region has exploded over the past few years and has created a better environment for people to be active and enjoy the great outdoors.   Railroad Park, the Rotary Trail, Red Mountain Park, Oak Mountain Park, Moss Rock, the Buck Creek Trail, the Dunnavant Valley Trail and other attractions have provided opportunities for…[Read More]

The Science of Distracted Driving — Free, two week workshop!

Calling all future scientists! Expand your mind and build experience with UAB’s Translational Research for Injury Prevention Laboratory. FREE,  two  week  workshop  for  rising  high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Science of Distracted Driving FREE 2-week workshop: Brown bag lunches provided May 30 — June 9, 2017 9am — 4pm Hands-on Lab Work State-of-the-Art Demonstrations…[Read More]

Draft of the Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update is Released! – Center Point’s Vision for Tomorrow

The Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update is based on the residents’ vision of how they want their city to grow in the future— it’s both a short term and a long-term vision – and is intended to guide future redevelopment and to address a broad range of needs for the City. The Project Team is…[Read More]

Transportation Study for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Transportation Study for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Through a grant from the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, the RPCGB recently completed a statewide study on transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The study can be downloaded at: www.rpcgb.org/transportation/dd.  This website also includes a statewide directory of public transportation services, as well as informative videos.  For…[Read More]

Second Survey to give input into the Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update

The planning team at the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham has been working hard on developing the Center Point Comprehensive Plan Update – branded as Center Point’s Vision for Tomorrow. Going forward, we are crafting goals, policies and recommended actions that will help the City of Center Point address your issues and achieve your…[Read More]

Surveys for the Eastern Birmingham Area and Pratt-Ensley Area Framework Plans

The planning team at the RPCGB has begun work on the initial phase of the City of Birmingham’s two newest Framework Plans: the Pratt-Ensley Framework Plan and the Eastern Area Framework Plan. The Framework Plans are extensions of the 2013 City of Birmingham Comprehensive Plan and they are intended to address issues and opportunities at…[Read More]

Irondale on the Move Comprehensive Plan wins Cahaba River Society “Public Service Award”

On January 26 at it’s Annual Meeting, the Cahaba River Society awarded its Public Service Award to the Regional Planning Commission for the work completed on the Irondale on the Move Comprehensive Plan.  The Cahaba River Society noted that the Plan brought citizens, business and government together to create a dynamic Comprehensive Plan that proposes…[Read More]

Alabama 2017 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Workshop

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect legal boundary information, government status, and names for American Indian areas, states, counties, minor civil divisions (MCD), and incorporated places.  The Census Bureau uses the boundary information collected in the BAS to tabulate population data for the decennial and economic censuses…[Read More]

Friday, February 3, 2017 — Regional planning commission director discusses available programs with chamber

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham recently updated its website to make information on the services and programs it offers readily available and easy to understand. “One of the things I really wanted to do when we did the new site was to have little videos explaining what our services are because you can…[Read More]

Friday, September 16, 2016 — Call for Projects for Funding Transit Services for Fy-2017

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), Transportation Planning and Modal Programs Bureau, is now accepting Applications for funding consideration through the Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program and the Section 5317 New Freedom (NF) Program. These Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs provide funding for transit related services that assist the state’s population…[Read More]

RPC invites you to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields & Redevelopment Workshop

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) would like to invite you to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields & Redevelopment Workshop. The workshop will be conducted by the EPA, in collaboration with the RPCGB and City of Birmingham, on Thursday, September 22 at the Boutwell Auditorium. If one, or more, of the following…[Read More]

The Road to a Viable Transit System in Birmingham

Riding a Birmingham city bus without her mother for the first time was a milestone for Barbara Murdock, who grew up in South Titusville’s Belvedere Circle. “I remember when I was 13. That’s when my mom let me ride by myself,” the Ramsay High School alum said. “To be able to ride downtown to Pizitz…[Read More]

Four towns join statewide revitalization network

Four towns have joined a statewide network of municipalities working to revitalize their downtown districts. Columbiana, Heflin, Montevallo and Wetumpka joined Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization focused on developing the state’s historic commercial districts through organization, design, promotion and economic vitality. Each town participated in a selective, five-month application process. According to Mary Helmer,…[Read More]

Dunnavant Valley Greenway Study Underway

Future Phases Study: APPLE Project Summary The RPCGB and Shelby County have initiated the Dunnavant Valley Greenway Study. The study will analyze existing and proposed routes as referenced in the Dunnavant Valley Community Greenway Plan. The study will also develop alternate conceptual drawings that illustrate recommended improvements, develop an estimate of probable construction costs, provide…[Read More]

CommuteSmart welcomes the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce as Their Newest Partner

CommuteSmart welcomes the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce as their newest partner. “The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to work with CommuteSmart to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality,” said Bill Powell, executive director. Through the partnership, CommuteSmart is better able to connect with the over 1,100 members of the Hoover Area…[Read More]

Request for Proposals – Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB), on behalf of the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to develop a Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan. The Birmingham Regional Active Transportation Plan is intended to help establish a strategic vision for improving walking and bicycling opportunities, and will serve as…[Read More]

Alabaster’s Comprehensive Plan Update Wins Award from the American Planning Association

The Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association has honored the City of Alabaster with the 2016 Outstanding Planning Award for a Comprehensive Plan for its Alabaster Forward: City of Alabaster Comprehensive Plan Update. The city contracted with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham to update the city’s 2005 comprehensive plan. Alabaster has grown…[Read More]

RPC Executive Director to chair Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Alabama’s coordinating board for higher education named a new chairman and vice-chairman last week. Former Gadsden city planner Charles E. Ball was selected chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education by unanimous vote at a meeting Friday in Montgomery. He has served on the commission since 2009. A Jefferson County resident, Ball has been…[Read More]

I-22 tentatively set to open June 20

After several years of construction, a tentative opening date has been set for the interchange between the new Interstate 22, also known as Corridor X, and Interstate 65. Although no official announcement has been made regarding a date and time for the opening, sources with ALDOT say a ribbon-cutting and “grand opening” of the interstate…[Read More]

Case Manager – Medicaid Waiver Program

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham is seeking qualified case managers for the Medicaid Waiver program serving Jefferson County elderly and disabled citizens.   Position Summary: Under the direction of the Medicaid Waiver Program Supervisor the case manager will assist individuals in gaining access to appropriate, needed, and desired waiver and other State Plan…[Read More]

RN Case Manager – Technology Assisted (TA) & Alabama Community Transition (ACT) Waiver Programs

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham is seeking qualified case managers for the Medicaid Waiver program serving Jefferson County elderly and disabled citizens. Position Summary: Under the direction of the Medicaid Waiver Program Supervisor the case manager will assist individuals in gaining access to appropriate, needed, and desired waiver and other State Plan services,…[Read More]