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'By Right' permitting to incrementally increase density

There tends to be general agreement that sprawl and car-oriented sub-divisions are a drain on the tax revenues and city budgets. There seems to be a movement to increase density in some neighborhoods and in the city in general. This is particularly evident in the older inner-core neighborhoods. There has been good progress made in improving the walkability and quality of life in many of those inner-core places. Unfortunately, ...more »

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Split Rate Tax Reform or Land Value Tax (LVT)

One way to encourage building renovations and incremental development in neighborhoods, while discouraging land speculation and derelict buildings, i.e. encouraging the highest and best use of parcels is to implement a split tax rate on property. Sometimes called a Land Value Tax the idea is to tax the land at a greater percentage of the total evaluation than the improvement. While I realize that the property tax system ...more »

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Public Bank of Huntsville

Many cities and several states are investigating the feasibility of establishing public banks. Using public capital to provide reserves for a public bank is a good way to leverage reserves on hand to loan money to public infrastructure projects and to help fund loan programs for local entrepreneurial startups administered through loan agencies. The interest on the loans goes back into the public coffers and thus saves ...more »

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Scarecrow festival

Check out the scarecrow festival in Cambria, CA. It runs all month of October. Kevin Hatfield, former mayor was ESTATIC when I showed him what they do every year! You have to see the pictures! We could use the rodeo grounds for daily use: bands, mini rodeos, dirt bike races, etc... YOU WILL LOVE IT!!! This WILL put Huntsville on the map every year!

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Use empty bldgs for homeless

Can we use the empty bldgs like Butler and westlawn and ALL the vacant bldgs to shelter the home less in the winter? Can you imagine sleeping outside as cold as it is today?

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Pedicabs in downtown Huntsville?

A good pedicab costs about $3,500. Would be a good way to move people between the craft beer taprooms and other cool locations, is there any public policy issues that would hinder such entrepreneurial enterprises in the downtown and inner core areas of Huntsville?

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North-South Highway through Madison

There are no good options for traveling between Madison Blvd (or I565) and University (Hwy 72) in Madison. County Line, Wall Triana, and Hughes have multiple school zones, numerous traffic lights, and low speed limits. The high volume of traffic through these corridors is also unsafe for the school zones. How about a North-South freeway through this area?

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Complete Zierdt Road and Martin Road Expansions

Zierdt Road work has effectively stopped for 2 years now. The most recent work completed was shoring up the sides of the new road where erosion has taken place while it sits, and adding barricades to prevent people from driving and parking on the new road. Sadly, the current plans don't even include going much beyond the Martin Road intersection toward the Williams School. Martin Road work has not even started. The ...more »

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Northeast Huntsville / Five Points Commercial District planning

TONIGHT! 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cooper House (405 Randolph Ave. SE). This will be the first of several planned meetings to discuss the future of Northeast Huntsville and the Five Points commercial district. We'll kick off with a brief presentation that looks at current conditions from the City's point of view (like zoning, amounts of greenspace, connectivity, etc.). Then we'll conduct an exercise to let you inform ...more »

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New county courthouse & new H'ville city hall

Build the new courthouse, new city hall, and new parking facility adjacent to the Municipal Public Safety and Municipal Court building at Wheeler Ave. This would create a government complex with everything conveniently located in one place. I'm calling it "Metro Plaza."

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Bike Lanes on Pulaski Pike

Like with Whitesburb Drive, Pulaski Pike also has rides, an uninterrupted sidewalks need to be installed on its length from near the North Bypass south to Holmes Avenue. A significant stretch does have sidewalks, but I don't know if they're configured for bike paths...

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PARKING

I love that downtown is growing but I have concerns about the lack of parking. This issue should be at top of the list if planning on bringing in more business downtown

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