Standing Committees

Beautification Committee

Chairman: Jim Cooper, 205-321-4121
Members: Vickie Barnes, Beverly Bell, Alison Glascock, Charles Glascock, and Sharon Nelson

Mission Statement
Recognizing that Highland Park is a unique neighborhood within the limits of the City of Birmingham, because of its location as a vital buffer community between downtown Birmingham and other residential neighborhoods to the east, because of its historical significance as one of the oldest residential communities within the City, and because of its rich heritage, the mission of the Beautification Committee is as follows:

To oversee, preserve and promote the aesthetics of the neighborhood as a whole, to include support of the enhancement and preservation of single-family dwellings and historical multi-family structures,

To preserve and enhance the natural environment of the neighborhood through such activities as street tree planting, removal of graffiti, installation of benches and trash cans, protection from light and noise pollution, screening of dumpsters, etc.;

To develop and implement master plans for Caldwell, Rhodes, and Rushton Parks; and

To protect, maintain and preserve Highland Avenue;

Keeping in mind at all times the unique flavor of Highland Park and its historical heritage.

The Committee as a whole will be responsible for the following areas:
a. Oversight of general aesthetic appearance of the neighborhood.
b.  Oversight over neighborhood parks.
c.  Oversight of subcommittees.
d.  Tree planting.
e.  Signage.
f.  Lighting.
g.  All official communications with the City regarding beautification issues.

Members of the committee are appointed by the President of the Neighborhood Association.
A maximum of seven (7) members will be appointed to the committee.

Qualifications for Membership
1. Members must demonstrate a commitment to support and uphold the mission, goals, and objectives of the Neighborhood Association.
2. Members must demonstrate a commitment to support, uphold, and promote the mission, goals, and objectives of the Beautification Committee.
3. Members must be available to attend most meetings when called.

Design Review Committee

Chairman: Bruce Lanier, AIA, bruce@standardcreative.net
Members: Christian Rogers, Sharon Nelson, Stan Nelson, Jeff Wurst, Shiree Cooper, and David Philpot.

Mission Statement
This committee reviews building permit applications for proposed changes to the exteriors of buildings in our local district that can be seen from the street to make sure they fall within local district guidelines and make recommendations to the city’s Design Review Committee.

Members of the committee are appointed by the President of the Neighborhood Association.
A maximum of seven (7) members will be appointed to the committee.

Qualifications for Membership
1.  Members must demonstrate a commitment to support and uphold the mission, goals, and objectives of the Neighborhood Association.
2.  Members must demonstrate a commitment to support and uphold the Local District Design Review guidelines.
3.  Members must live within the boundaries of the Highland Park local district.
4.  Members must have knowledge and/or experience in relevant fields.
5.  Members must be available to attend most meetings when called.

Highland Park Neighborhood Association Planning & Zoning Committee

Acting Chairman: Alison Glascock (alisonglascock@gmail.com)
Members: Bob Barnes, Jim Cooper, James White, Carl Sosnin, Dave Pate

Mission Statement
Recognizing that Highland Park is a unique neighborhood within the City of Birmingham, because of its location as a vital buffer community between downtown Birmingham and other residential neighborhoods, because of consequent development and population density pressure, and because of its historical significance as one of the oldest planned residential communities within the City, the mission of the Planning & Zoning Committee is as follows:

To protect, maintain and enhance the quality of life of Highland Park Neighborhood through judicious review of zoning, road, and traffic engineering proposals, and through development of neighborhood standards for land use, historic preservation, and traffic issues, being mindful at all times of its strategic location as a buffer community, its diverse residential mix, and its historical heritage.

Organizational Structure

Members of the Committee are appointed by the president of the neighborhood association in consultation with the neighborhood officers. A maximum of seven (7) members may be appointed to the Committee.

The Committee as a whole will be responsible for the following areas:

  • Reviewing all requests for zoning changes and variances for properties within the neighborhood in accordance with neighborhood standards for residential density, business districts and uses, historic preservation, landscaping, traffic impact, and other concerns.
  • Reviewing all proposals for road and traffic engineering projects in the neighborhood for impact on traffic flow, automobile, and pedestrian safety, and other concerns.
  • Reviewing and developing neighborhood standards for land use, residential density, business districts and uses, historic preservation, landscaping, traffic impact and other concerns through zoning, planning, and traffic engineering tools and processes and through the development of a strategic plan.

Qualifications for Membership

1. Each member must demonstrate a commitment to support and uphold the mission, goals and objectives of the Neighborhood Association.
2. Each member must demonstrate a commitment to support, uphold, and promote the mission, goals and objectives of the Planning & Zoning Committee.
3. Each member must be available to attend meetings when called.
4. Each member will be appointed for a term of two years which is renewable.