Shelby County has 808 square miles of diverse landscape and consists of 17 municipalities and unincorporated areas that approximately 223,000 people call home.
As one of the fastest-growing counties in the State of Alabama, Shelby County has experienced a tremendous amount of change since the adoption of the 2004 Shelby County Comprehensive Plan, A Path to the Future. Since then, the population of Shelby County has increased from approximately 160,000 to 223,000 and the local workforce has grown from approximately 77,000 to 93,000. While many projects were implemented and partnerships thrived, the County is experiencing continued growth pressure and new development trends—and it is time to look forward and consider how Shelby County will grow in the next 20 years. By 2040, Shelby County is projected to add an additional 59,000 residents and 25,000 employees.
A comprehensive plan assists in guiding future growth and development while addressing issues such as residential development, parks and recreation, land use, transportation, natural resources, economic development, quality of life, and public facilities. Specifically, this Comprehensive Plan will serve as a blueprint to guide Shelby County in its decision-making to create lovable communities. As we look to the future, how do we create sustainable places and communities that people love?
The Shelby County Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Shelby County Planning Commission on March 6, 2023, and ratified by the Shelby County Commission on April 10, 2023. The action by the County Commission solidified the Comprehensive Plan as more than a policy document.