DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – The City’s Industrial development Board met Monday night, June 23, to discuss a number of topics about the city’s economy, especially in relation to the early stages of Daphne’s new comprehensive plan which are in the works.
This means the City of Daphne is discussing the city’s future for the next 20 years, and the city is preparing for the expansion it’s expected to see.
Organizers of the comprehensive plan told FOX10 the new comprehensive plan will be “reality based,” meaning it will be adjusted to the growth the city is seeing each year.
Organizers also said the plan will be geared toward “harmonious development,” which means the plan will not cause any direct negative impact on neighboring municipalities, allowing for beneficial growth across the Eastern Shore.
Organizers are hoping to get input from all entities of Daphne, in order to have an unbiased plan for the city’s future.
“The main point of the plan is to get the vision of the City of Daphne, get everybody on board, not only city council members, planning commission members, and the stakeholders, but the citizens as well,” said Adrienne Jones, Community Development Director for the City of Daphne, “The citizens really are the biggest stakeholder in the city of Daphne.”
Meanwhile, a representative from the Baldwin County Economic Alliance also presented to the board Monday night.
Lee Johnson, a project manager for the Alliance, was that representative.
He said this summer, the Eastern Shore, and especially the City of Daphne, will be seeing a big boost for job opportunities with new businesses coming to the area.
“There’s a couple companies that have already announced, BB&B Industries, and then also Ford Lumber have decided they’re going to put locations in Daphne under construction now,” explained Johnson.
Johnson said that will create an upwards of 60 jobs for the area, with a possibility of more projects and job opportunities to come.
Organizers of the comprehensive plan told FOX10 it will take about a year to put the updated plan together.
FOX10 will keep you updated as the city makes further strides in the planning process.