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Planning and Zoning

Dana Hazen, MPA, AICP
Director of Planning, Building & Sustainability
FAX: 205/802-2401
Office hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:30 - 5:30
Alternate Fridays 7:30 - 4:30 or OFF day (click here for 2018 office schedule)
(for your convenience, call or email for appointment on Fridays)

One-Stop Development Guidance
Come chat with key city officials for preliminary feedback on your new business or multi-family proposal.  Officials in attendance each Monday morning consist of the Fire Marshal, the Building Official, the Revenue Examiner, the City Planner and the Zoning Administrator.  Guidance given may pertain to Fire/Life Safety Code, Building Code, Licensing, Zoning Code and Design Review.  Appointments are encouraged (contact Tammy Reid, 802-3810 or reidt@mtnbrook.org).  Appointments will be given priority; walk-ins are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Meetings are from 8-9am on Monday mornings in Room A231.  Construction drawings are not required, but bring any preliminary plans that may illustrate the design intent and facilitate discussion.

Doing Business in Mountain Brook
A step-by-step guide to opening a business in Mountain Brook.

Department Functions

  • Provide staff assistance to the City Manager, City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment and Village Design Review Committee;
  • Carry out comprehensive planning functions such as the administration and maintenance of the City's long range plan and the Village Master Plan;
  • Administer and update the City's Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, Subdivision Regulations and Sign Ordinance;
  • Respond to general public inquiries regarding zoning and land development;
  • Process land use applications such as rezoning, resurveys, variances and sign permits;
  • Review construction plans for compliance with zoning regulations.
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) functions, including capturing, storing, manipulating, analzing, and managing spatial and geographical data.

A Word from your Planning Staff
Mountain Brook’s first official Planning Department was established in August 2007. Since its inception many exciting planning activities have taken place! The following are some of the highlights:

Recent and Pending Redevelopment around the City

  • Overton Village is now home to Publix.
  • Cahaba Village is now home to a mixed-use project consisting of retail, townhomes and the first Whole Foods in the state of Alabama.
  • Redevelopment of the homes sites in the Brook Manor subdivision as a PUD with new single family dwellings and townhomes.
  • Redevelopment of the old White Flowers site in Mountain Brook Village has been completed with a new Iberia Bank.
  • Redevelopment of the old Glenwood Market site in Crestline Village has been completed with a new Iberia Bank.
  • 27 acres in Mountain Brook Village is being redeveloped as a mixed-use PUD with apartments, the Grand Bohemian Boutique Hotel, and an exciting mix of retail and restuarants.  The apartments and Grand Bohemian are enjoying notariety... and of Phase 1 of the retail component is open! Be looking for Phase 2 of the retail component in the near future!
  • The new Municipal Complex has been completed in Crestline Village (come see us!)... 
  • Redevelopment of the old Briarcliff Shop site in English Village with a new two-story building (retail on the ground floor and office above).
  • Remodel of the old Village Wine Market site in English Village has been completed as corporate headquaters for Chester's Chicken.
  • In addition to time-honored dining establishments such as Daniel George and Olexa's of Mountain Brook Village, it is now home to Avo/Dram, Another Broken Egg, Brick & Tin, and Ice House restaurants.
  • English Village now boasts Vino in addition to long established dining favorites such as Chez Lu Lu, Continental Bakery and Billy's.  Newcomer Root to Tail is enjoying notoriety!
  • In addition to the family-friendly and diverse assortment of dining establishments in Crestline Village, it is now home to The Pantry, Taco Mama, Urban Cookhouse and Mrs. Dots; and don't forget to try delicious pre-made meals to take home from either Black Sheep Kitchen or Dinner.
  • Emmet O'Neal Library has a new parking lot for employees, which frees up public parking in Crestline Village.
  • Villlage Dermatology expanded and moved up the hill in Mountain Brook Village in the remodeled Union Carbide building.
  • Redevelopment of the Pilgrim Church site on Montclair Road is underway as a Planned Unit Development containing fifteen single-family homes.
  • Little Hardware has relocated from Mountain Brook Village to its new home in English Village in the previous Park Lane building on Cahaba Road.
  • The Manning is complete!  On Cahaba Road just north of the Birmingham Zoo.  Eight single family homes have been replaced by boutique condominium villas.
  • Smith's Variety has relocated from Mountain Brook Village to Crestline Village!
  • The Pig is back! Look for it behind Smith's Variety's new location, between Church and Vine Street.