Mayor Sandy Stimpson is gathering an outreach and advisory committee, composed of community leaders to launch Mobile’s first long-range plan.
The Outreach Committee will act as a sounding board for consultants and will include a wide variety of community stakeholders. The Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the plan and ensure alignment with existing community and economic development plans.
The new plan titled “A Map for Mobile: A Framework for Growth” will incorporate preexisting plans and identify the gaps in community planning. It will address land use capacity, transportation, natural resources, community facilities, parks and open spaces, economic development, housing and infrastructure.
This is the first time a long range plan has encompassed all areas of the city and the first time in 20 years a comprehensive plan has been conducted in Mobile.
Over the next eight months, Stimpson will gather citizens’ best ideas for Mobile through neighborhood meetings, community workshops and an online portal.
“The purpose of this plan is to shape the long-term vision of the community and use it as a guide for future development in the city,” Stimpson said. “What sets this apart from other plans is not only its inclusiveness of One Mobile, but that this plan won’t be strewn aside following its completion. Unlike other city plans that never see fruition, this plan will become a reality.”
All citizens are invited to a community workshop on Tuesday, March 31 to share their ideas on the future of Mobile. The location for that workshop hasn’t been set.
Bill Sisson, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce; Alan H. Turner II, United Way;
Roger Wehner, Mobile Airport Authority; Mobile City Council President Gina Gregory;
Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson; Mobile Convention and Visitors President Al Hutchinson; Alabama State Port Authority, Jimmy Lyons; Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Roberta Swann; Mobile County Public School System, Martha Peek; University of South Alabama , Tony Waldrop; University of Mobile, Dr. Mark Foley; Spring Hill College, Rev. Gregory F. Lucey; 100 Black Men, Marlon Jones; Point Clear Holdings, James E. Buckalew; Alabama Power, Mike Saxon; MAWSS, Mr. Charles Hyland; Mobile Gas, Mr. Mike Fine; Downtown Mobile Alliance, Elizabeth Stevens; Coastal AL Partnership, Wiley Blankenship; Mobile Co. Advisory Board of the Disabled, Michael Davis; U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Joseph Snowden; Food Bank, Col. Dave Reaney; U.S. Corps of Engineers, Col. John Chytka; Mobile Works, Sydney Raine; Mobile Housing Board, Dwayne Vaughan; Mobile Area Education Foundation, Carolyn Akers
Terrance Smith, Mobile Area Education Foundation; Raymond Bell,Bell Law Firm, PC; Joel Erdmann, Ph.D., University of South Alabama Athletics; Kelly Warren, Mobile County Health Department; Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper; Sam Winter, Roberts Brothers; Cameron Weavil, The Weavil Company; Bob Sain, Centre for the Living Arts; Robin Hanes, Outback Ministry; Kate Carver, Dumas Wesley Center; Dr. Kathy H. Thompson, Bishop State Community College; Kevin Harrison, Department; Keeshia Davis, Mobile Gas; Leida Javier-Ferrell, Hispanic American Business Association; David Jack, C-Spire; Jeff DeQuattro, Mobilians on Bikes; Toni Ann Coumanis Torrans, Penelope House; Ron Ali, NAACP; Marian Clarke, N. Monterey Street Association President; Makeda Nichols, State Farm Insurance; Mary Stevenson, District 2 CAG; Brent Barkin, Regency Oaks Neighborhood Association; Linda St. John, Village of Spring Hill; Debi Foster, The Peninsula of Mobile; Rev. Freddie Peterson;
M. Pratt Thomas, Jr;. Merrill P. Thomas Co., Inc.; Bryan Lee, Ridgefield Neighborhood Association; Vickie Lewis, Maysville Community Action Group; Gary Hart, Hillsdale Neighborhood Association; Melvin Howard, Homeland Security; Rep. Adline Clarke, State Representative; John Cebron Russell, Jr., St. John’s United Methodist Church; Bragg Van Antwerp, Mitchell, McLeod, Pugh & Williams Inc; Manoj Annarumbathla, Resident; Tommy Sheffield, Mobile County Public School System.