The City of Irondale’s
The City of Irondale, the Greater Irondale Chamber of Commerce and the Irondale Commercial Development Authority have formed a partnership with the primary goal of developing and implementing a new community based comprehensive plan. The combined partnership which is referred to as the Project Management Team entered into a consulting agreement with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) and See It Productions to provide expert analysis of the current state of the City of Irondale, document and track community stakeholders’s vision for the future of Irondale and provide recommendations for implementing top priorities of City of Irondale Comprehensive Plan.
Irondale On The Move is the name of this project which will create the first fully implemented comprehensive planning process in the city’s history.
The plan will include a future land development concept along with recommendations for development and redevelopment of specific activity centers and corridors and capital improvement strategies for prioritizing public infrastructure needs. When completed, these plan documents will provide continuing guidance for:
- Commercial/retail growth
- Residential development
- Industrial development
- Employment / economic development
- Quality of life – schools, parks and other public services
In order to achieve the desired results of the comprehensive plan, a detailed work flow will be followed. A project plan outlining the planning process has been developed to clearly define critical timelines, major milestones and key work groups that will be utilized throughout the planning process.
Probably the most important part of the comprehensive planning process is community engagement involvement.
Stakeholder Teams and Target Audiences
There are a number of key stakeholders that will be engaged in some way throughout the planning process. Elected officials, City employees, residents, civic associations, business, property owners, places of worship, and social service agencies are among the many integral entities essential to the success of this project.
The planning process will engage four teams:
Project Management Team- Serve as the primary leadership team on behalf of the City of Irondale. This team is comprised of a leaders from the City of Irondale’s staff, Irondale Commercial Development Authority and the Greater Irondale Chamber of Commerce.
Consultant Team – Will provide the expertise of analyzing data, making recommendations and assisting with prioritizing implementation plans. This team includes the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCG) and See It Productions, LLC (video production).
Advisory Committee – Comprised of community resources that will provide guidance and input to the Project Management Team and the Consultant during the plan development process. After adoption of the plan this team will evolve into the Irondale On The Move Implementation Steering Committee.
General Public and Special Interest Groups – New community based committees and organizations will be formed to focus on specific areas vital to the growth of Irondale.
These key areas will be the primary focus of the project:
- Green Systems – Natural Resources and Environmental Constraints, Parks and Recreation, Sustainability and Green Practices
- Neighborhoods, Housing, Historic Preservation and Community Renewal
- Prosperity and Opportunity; Economic Development
- Strengthening City Systems: Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Facilities and Services
Members of these groups include residents, business/property owners, places of worship, non-governmental organizations, external agencies, institutions and others with an interest in the future of Irondale.
STAY ABREAST OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN BY VISITING THE IRONDALE ON THE MOVE WEBSITE AT: WWW.IRONDALEONTHEMOVE.COM OR LIKE US ON FACEBOOK.