On Tuesday, March 5th, the Big Picture Planning team from the City of Huntsville came over to the Cove to kickoff the process of Small Area Planning.
This process is a fantastic opportunity to continue the momentum that has begun in creating a more unique, resilient, supportive, and cohesive community in the Cove. This is our chance to talk about design, sidewalks, greenways, floodplains, education, basic public services, local businesses, local food, civically-oriented places, and generally moving towards a smaller environmental footprint in our daily lives, in the face of an urgent need to mitigate and adapt to the changes we see occurring around us. Together, we can create a vision for what we as a community would like to see along various corridors, nodes, or subareas of the Cove. Together, we can support these places and our neighbors.
After a short introduction and overview by Jennifer Nelson, one of the GrowCove directors, James Vandiver in the COH/MPO long-range planning department gave a presentation on existing conditions in the Cove.
After the presentation, attendees gathered at tables to undertake a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis of the area, using colored dots to mark items corresponding to each topic on their maps. This information will be used to move forward with planning efforts over the next year. Several additional resident meetings will be scheduled during this time.
WHNT filmed the forum, and aired a short segment on local news, seen here.
Many thanks to everyone who attended or staffed the kickoff event! Approximately 80 people were present!