Map for Mobile sets a strong foundation for the update of the Future Land Use Plan (FLUP) –previously referred to as General Land Use Plan— and the Major Street Plan (MSP), as it does for the Zoning and Subdivision Regulation Ordinances.
The Plan establishes a long-term vision and broad goals and policies for the City’s future, with the Development Framework describing the form that growth and development should take over the next decades to make the long-term vision a reality.
The Map for Mobile Development Framework, consisting of two maps, includes categories for development corridors and centers broken down into four character descriptions: Urban, Traditional, Suburban, and Edge. The framework also classifies the areas that surround the corridors and centers into more traditional land use categories: Waterfront; Downtown; Traditional and Suburban Neighborhoods; Industrial; and Institutional. Wetlands and Parks/Greenspace are shown as overlays on the Development Framework. Map for Mobile includes policies that describe, in general terms, the type of growth and development that is to occur in each area. For example, there is an emphasis on compact infill and a mix of uses in downtown, while traditional centers and corridors focus on mixed housing types and neighborhood scale retail and services.
The new FLUP and MSP strike a balance between the aspirations of Map for Mobile and the reality of market dynamics and existing development, and between the broad-brush stroke of the Development Framework maps and the detail of a zoning map.
Finally, both the current General Land Use Plan and the Major Street Plan, regardless of Map for Mobile, are out of date and in need of a comprehensive update. The new FLUP promotes a modern, efficient integration of compatible land uses and strong placemaking qualities (as envisioned by Map for Mobile). Likewise, the MSP policies are oriented toward respecting and enhancing community character and quality of life by helping to create exceptional street environments and viable, accessible transportation options. The updated plans will guide development of the code updates, and will eventually inform the development review and approval process for the City of Mobile.
Review the draft Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and Major Streets Plan (MSP) at the link below.