The services of the Building Communities Program include:
Examining redevelopment or development opportunities within communities
Preparing comprehensive plans that encourage economic development and promote compatible land uses
Analyzing and formulating strategies that improve multimodal transportation (walking, biking, riding transit or driving)
Drafting and amending zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, overlay districts and design guidelines
Who should use the Building Communities Program?
The Building Communities Program is designed to assist local governments with developing, managing and implementing comprehensive plans and transportation plans for their respective communities.
How Does the Building Communities Program Work?
The RPCGB offers an 80/20 match through its Building Communities Program for communities within Birmingham’s Metropolitan Planning Area that want to improve their transportation system, catalyze economic development and grow in a sustainable way. That means you only pay 20% of the cost of a plan. An average Comprehensive Plan costs approximately $150,000, therefore a municipality would only have to provide $30,000 in local funds as match for the program grant.
Throughout the planning process the RPCGB will serve as the project manager and will actively engage the community to ensure that the plan reflects the community’s aspirations.