The City of Dothan’s Department of Planning and Development was recently recognized in the September issue of Business Alabama magazine. In the “Thoughtful Communities” article, Dothan and three other Alabama cities are described as being in a class by themselves due to their outstanding planning with maximum citizen participation. The other cities featured in the article are Auburn, Guntersville, and Birmingham’s Highland Park neighborhood.
Mayor Mike Schmitz and the City Commission are proud of the tremendous planning efforts that are being undertaken in Dothan, and the recognition of those efforts from Business Alabama magazine. Dothan’s planning efforts have also been acknowledged by the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association, who presented Dothan with the Outstanding Planning Award in 2012 for its long-range plan and in 2013 for its bicycle and pedestrian master plan.
According to Todd McDonald, Dothan’s Director of Planning and Development, community involvement is one of the most critical components of any successful governmental plan. “We fully understand that our citizens are one of our finest assets, and whenever they are involved in our governmental or planning processes, tremendous value is added to our community,” said McDonald. The article can be viewed online at http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-Alabama/September-2013/Thoughtful-Communities/.