Strategic Analysis &
Plan Development

A comprehensive plan includes significant technical research and analysis. This information serves as the baseline for plan recommendations and a benchmark for progress. On this page, the plan topics are presented along with an in-depth analysis of the key conditions, trends, and findings. If you have any questions or ideas for this page, please contact Kyle May at kyle@planning-next.com. This resource portal will grow throughout the process with new topics and resources will be added on a regular basis.

Plan Topics & Structure

The Comprehensive Plan is made up of around a dozen topics ranging from land use, to mobility, to parks and recreation. This research and analysis will undergird the plan’s final recommendations and is presented below. The final plan may be organized by these topics or by major themes the integrate the topics. Please review the topics and information below and add any comments, ideas, or questions that come up. Please note that each of the reports is still in a draft form. The Planning Team will integrate you your comments and ideas and share with the broader public. Click any of the topics below to skip to this section of the page. 

Coming soon: 

6. Parks, Recreation, & Open Space
7. Community Facilities & Infrastructure
8. Military
9. Historic Preservation
10. Education & Cultural Arts
11. Economic Development

1. Land Use, Development, Community Character & Urban Design

The Land Use, Development, Community Character, and Urban Design chapter focuses on the use, regulation, and character of development across the Montgomery Planning Area. The chapter includes a breakdown of the city’s current use of land along with the history that led to this distribution. Community character is another important consideration of the plan and the variety of built and natural environments are detailed in the chapter. Finally, the land is regulated in Montgomery through zoning. These tools, actors, and processes are outlined and explored. Some major challenges/opportunities exposed through the research include:

Major Challenges / Opportunities

  • Establishing strong and consistent policies on land development and redevelopment
  • Understanding the fiscal implications of growth versus consolidation
  • Addressing commercial vacancy and land redevelopment
  • Utilizing existing planning and regulatory tools to achieve community goals
  • Addressing equity issues related to past land development or investment decisions
  • Developing a new palette of development types that enhance the quality of place, secures fiscal productivity and promotes new or continued inclusive investment

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2. Transportation & Mobility

The Transportation and Mobility topic area analyzes the movement of people and goods throughout the Montgomery Planning Area. The topic considers the overall performance of the system, travel options, safety, access, additional modes and future investments and opportunities. Some major challenges/opportunities exposed through the research include:

Major Challenges / Opportunities

  • Unlike many urban areas, congestion in Montgomery is not a major concern, even when compared to peer cities in Alabama. Maintenance and modernizing the city’s aging network should be the major focus when considering how to make the best use of limited resources.
  • Active transportation facilities are extremely limited, and what facilities do exist are disconnected from each other. This has created unsafe biking and walking conditions, and an environment where most rely on cars for all trips, regardless of the distance.
  • Investing in low-cost, high-impact active transportation improvements, along with education programs, has the opportunity to result in significant mode shift. A significant proportion of Montgomery residents have very short commutes, representing an opportunity to shift a large portion of the city’s trips off the city’s streets and onto the sidewalks or bike lanes.
  • There is currently no strong project prioritization process in place and no transit leadership board. A restructuring of these institutional decision-making process can improve the efficiency of the city’s operations, as well as ensure an equitable and effective use of program funding.
  • The city’s Complete Streets policy, adopted in 2013, provides guidance toward a desire to be inclusive of all modes and work toward a more balanced system. A number of street reconstruction projects slated in the current TIP provide excellent low-cost opportunities.

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3. Housing & Community Development

Safe and affordable housing is an essential component of a strong and resilient community. Strong neighborhoods are the building blocks of a strong city and contain housing types that reflect the diversity of the community overall. The Housing Chapter is an outline of the key conditions and trends within the Montgomery housing market along with a review of major neighborhood plans and initiatives. These pertain to the full spectrum of housing conditions from homelessness to homeowners. Some major challenges/opportunities exposed through the research include:

Major Challenges / Opportunities

  • Housing affordability and insecurity is an increasing challenge
  • Housing stock is generally older and will require rehabilitation to prevent blight
  • Growing competitive markets surround Montgomery
  • Vacancy and abandonment is an issue in certain areas
  • Missing middle housing types contribute to the challenge of housing affordability
  • Out-of-community residential property ownership challenges reinvestment

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4. Environment

The Environment chapter focuses on the natural environmental conditions in the Planning Area. The chapter includes a breakdown of the city’s physical geography and how this impacts Montgomery’s economy, ecology, development, and future opportunities. Some major challenges/opportunities exposed through the research include:

Major Challenges / Opportunities

  • Understanding, examining and mitigating effects of the various pollutants to soil, groundwater and air quality
  • Considering the implications of flooding and lack of national dam safety programs
  • Addressing the deficit in Green Infrastructure throughout the area
  • Recognizing the drinking water resources in Montgomery and the implications of a non-diverse resource system
  • Utilizing existing plans and public efforts to achieve community goals
  • Leveraging forested areas and greenways as a community asset / resources

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5. Public Health

The Public Health Chapter is focused on the health of the Montgomery community as a whole, and how health trends of the community compare to the state and the nation. Public Health looks at human health at a community scale. This chapter will highlight the many interrelated factors that determine a person’s health, including personal behaviors, how persons interact with their physical surroundings, access to health care and education, economic situation, and genetics. Some major challenges/opportunities exposed through the research include:

Major Challenges / Opportunities

  • Developing health policies that are proactive around existing and emergent challenges
  • Addressing chronic inequalities in health outcomes
  • Understanding the impact of the built environment on community health
  • Confronting infant mortality

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Additional Resources

The Community FactBook

A successful planning process starts with an in-depth analysis of community’s current conditions and trends within a broad range of topics. In the Envision Montgomery 2040 Factbook, the Planning Team has highlighted initial findings pertaining to demographic, economic and place-based information. Click the link to the right and find out more.

Steering Committee Documents

A committee of 50 leaders from around the community will lead the Envision Montgomery 2040 process forward. This group was intentionally selected to represent the wide range of interests and backgrounds present in Montgomery today. Over the course of the project, the Steering Committee will reach out the public to elicit ideas, gather support, and discover new leadership to guide plan implementation.

After each meeting, the presentation materials will be uploaded to the resources page. Below please find information on each of these meetings.

Steering Committee Meeting #1

February 22, 2018
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Resource Center

Purpose: To provide an orientation of the planning process, gain initial insight on community opportunities, initiate the communication and outreach process, and establish next steps.

Materials:

Steering Committee Meeting #3

May 17, 2018
Life Sciences Building, Alabama State University

Purpose: Update the committee on the process including advances to the publicity and outreach campaigns, release the draft Community Factbook and share a selection of additional findings, share major themes from the 25 Listening & Learning conversations, and introduce major plan topics and share and discuss initial findings.

Materials:

Steering Committee Meeting #2

April 3, 2018
City of Montgomery Gateway Park Lodge

Purpose: Provide an update on the process, share a preview of the Factbook information and Listening and Learning sessions, and continue the planning for communications and outreach activities.

Materials:

Steering Committee Meeting #4

July 26, 2018
Auburn University at Montgomery

Purpose: Share a general process update; share findings from follow-up Listening and Learning discussion; present and discuss initial approach and agenda for the Community Summit, and; present and discuss initial findings from the Strategic Analysis of several plan topics with a focus on Land Use.

Materials: