Planning and Zoning Commission hosts Framework meeting Wednesday

Tuscaloosa’s Planning and Zoning Commission offered a public update on the city’s Framework plan Wednesday.

Framework started up in the summer of 2018 with a 30-member steering committee working alongside city staff and a consulting team. The final version of Framework was adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission last year.

It serves as a strategic guide for establishing a long-range vision on city elements including housing, transportation and business development.

Tuscaloosa Urban Development Director Ashley Crites said their focus Wednesday was on the downtown and riverfront area.

“We’re talking about setback building heights, some parking standards that might be in place,” Crites said. “What the public will see is a lot of carryover from what is already in our codes and changes to come for the shortfalls that we might have today.”