As the city of Tuscaloosa continues to rapidly expand, construction on larger housing developments has been halted so the city can address issues with its sewers.

After Jan. 31, the city of Tuscaloosa will no longer grant any building permits or approve any land developments for multifamily developments with more than 200 bedrooms. City officials are worried as existing developments that are awaiting approval would bring the city’s sewer capacity over 100 percent.

“We’re ask to talk about the city’s infrastructure in the area west of the campus,” xxx said. Jarrod Milligan, Deputy Executive Director of Infrastructure and Public Services Main Line

There are three specific areas the city will study in the area west of the University of Alabama’s campus:

  • University Boulevard at Red Drew Avenue
  • Bryant Drive at Queen City Avenue
  • Pinehurst Drive, north of University Boulevard

“We specifically looked at wastewater and our sanitary sewer system,” Milligan said, “Because that gives us the most concern right now.”

Part of the city council’s resolution said this decision came over a growing concern about the city’s ability to support larger developments.

During the city council meeting on Jan. 22, the city heard from attorneys representing two housing developers; Here Tuscaloosa and Time Square. The two housing development proposals are only a block and a half apart. Here Tuscaloosa would have over 400 bed and Time Square would have 293 beds.

Here Tuscaloosa’s proposal was tabled for 3 weeks. Time Square, who was already grandfathered in, was unanimously approved by the council. Starting in February, it won’t be as easy to get the permit approval until the sewer system study is complete.

“Today we showed a proposal that would extend finish filling in the sewer lines from along 21st Avenue over to Bryant Drive,” Milligan said. “That would actually jump the sewer over from Bryant Drive to 21st Avenue down to the river.”

Next week, the committee will hear more data about different solutions to address sewer concerns in these areas.

“We’ll just continue to move through,” Director of Planning Ashley Crites said. “Possibly talking about density, design, water, other infrastructure concerns traffic, things of that nature.”

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