Darrell L. Howard, AICP is the Deputy Director of Planning for the RPCGB and has 16 years of professional experience in transportation and land use planning. During Mr. Howard’s tenure with the Regional Planning Commission, he has been instrumental in leading the push for better public transportation across the Birmingham region. He created the RPCGB’s Building Communities Program aimed at helping communities like the City of Irondale to plan and implement transportation system improvements that are closely tied to land use, human health, and economic development.
Why are we updating the Irondale Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is used as a guide to making decisions regarding land use, development, growth management and capital improvements. The purpose of this City of Irondale Comprehensive Plan update is to ensure that City of Irondale can be prepared for future growth and change from 2015 through 2040. There are a number of significant challenges that must be addressed such as:
- Significant shifts in demographics with an aging Baby Boomer population and a younger generation of “Millennials”, each seeking new housing choices and lifestyle options that are different from what is most present today.
- How to plan for redevelopment and development opportunities to ensure that the City will be maintain its reputation for being a business friendly environment, and provide guidance for the City’s leaders and economic developers as they seek to attract small businesses and industries, while at the same time retaining and bolstering existing businesses.
- How to address rising household and transportation costs created by long commutes and lack of transportation options, leaving many who live and work in the City vulnerable to spikes in fuel cost.
- How to attract new businesses.
Who’s leading the Comprehensive Plan update?