The City of Huntsville's long-term economic development and growth plan calls for augmenting the city's strong technology, research, and defense economies. To achieve this, the city is expanding the city westward into Limestone County. On these annexed lands, the city hopes to promote a more diverse economic base by identifying future industrial and commercial sites for large-scale employers that have interstate highway access and close proximity to residential neighborhoods and community services. To this end, Huntsville engaged Sasaki to generate a master plan.
The driving concept for the master plan is to create a contemporary community that attracts new companies, encourages the growth and retention of existing companies, and provides a high quality of life for employees and their families. The master plan is based upon long-term economic and market analyses by RCLCO. It sets forth a full spectrum land use program for industrial, light industrial, offices, and research and development uses; multi- and single-family residential uses; commercial uses; retail uses; institutional, civic, and cultural uses; recreational uses; and agricultural and conservation land.
To date the city has annexed approximately 10,000 acres. Sasaki's master land use plan and zoning recommendations, which was adopted by the city in August, 2011, will help ensure that these lands will be used sustainably and efficiently, contributing to the veritable growth of Huntsville.