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As the largest county in the state and one that contains a diverse range of environments and communities, Baldwin County inherently requires a “one-of-a-kind” comprehensive plan. Horizon 2025 is a policy-based plan that includes goals for all facets of the county – its 200-year history, abundant natural resources, and mix of communities.
The october edition of Stormwater, the Journal for Surface Water Quality Professionals highlights the importance of performing audits of development regulations to uncover and resolve stormwater problems caused by requirements imposed by zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations and related local regulations. The article “Thou Shalt Review ordinances…And then What?”, written by Lisa Nisenson and Clark Anderson, provides a rather comprehensive glimpse of issues being uncovered in reviews taken on by communities under Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge elimination System (NPDeS).
The 2009 Alabama APA Awards Committee would like to extend our congratulations to all award recipients of this year’s Chapter Awards. The awards were presented by the Chapter during its Annual Awards Program in Orange Beach in March, 2009. Each year the Chapter, through its Awards Program, seeks to recognize the notable contributions and achievements of our state’s outstanding planning professionals, elected or lay persons, students or the media as well as the outstanding planning efforts of local governments, private consultants, and other local organizations and agencies.
On June 26, 2008, the Baldwin County Planning & Zoning Department and the Permit Division of the Highway Department jointly hosted an all-day field trip for the Planning Commission and Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) members. The purpose of the trip was to offer a first-hand look at developments and development practices throughout Baldwin County. Attendees were given The Practices and Challenges of Land Development in Baldwin County, a 108-page book compiled by the Planning Department that included a locator and site map for each location as well as any available photographs, infrared photography and plat information.