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Although a noble cause, rezoning issues are keeping the mega church from moving forward.
At the beginning of 2017, a rejection of the rezoning proposal put a stop to the process.
The problem ensued when the city realized the 60 acre lot would be taking away from the city’s availability of commercial real estate.
This is a clear problem especially with the major revitalization of commercial property within Birmingham.
“Zoning officials said the decision wasn’t one against Church of the Highlands, but rather the notion of putting a tax-free property in a commercial district where tax revenue plays a major role.”
– Time Steere, with the BBJ
The city will be working with Church of the Highlands to find another piece of land in Fultondale.