MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – There was a joint meeting Tuesday morning between members of the Limestone County Commission and the Madison City Council. The first of many meetings yet to come. They’re planning the future of two communities that are rapidly becoming one.
A presentation by Madison’s Director of Planning and Economic Development detailed the city’s growth into neighboring Limestone County. Madison is Alabama’s fastest growing city, and there’s only the one direction they can go.
“The next 20 to 25 years, the City of Madison will be growing significantly in Limestone County. So, we know that’s our future, we know that’s our growth area,” Madison Mayor Troy Trulock told WHNT News 19.
Tuesday’s meeting was regarded as a first step in bridging the two governing bodies together. They share a common set of challenges that mostly seem to amount to growing the area’s infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.
“You know, that’s one of the biggest challenges we all face because as people come here you’ve got to have water, you’ve got to have power, you’ve got to have streets. One of the things we looked at was the difference between our street regulations and theirs, and educating each other so that maybe we can mesh that together to meet the needs of both entities,” says Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough.
The City of Madison expects to gain some 12,000 new residents over the next decade or so, and the majority of them will live in Limestone County. Mayor Trulock says planning for that growth will be crucial for the area’s future.
Among the key areas of concern between the two governing bodies is the continued development of utility services and improving streets and roadways. There was even talk of developing methods for better cooperation between the two separate 911 systems, and how local EMA directors will handle severe weather warnings.