Chelsea Celebrates The 4th Of July

The City of Chelsea’s Big Kaboom will again deliver a

fireworks show on July 3, 2016

near the clock tower off U.S. Highway 280

above the Chelsea Park subdivision.


There will be a flag retirement ceremony with the Boy Scouts at 7:30 p.m.

Entertainment will happen in the park area starting at 8:00 p.m. with food & more.

The fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m.

The event is free of charge.


The fireworks show will be visible from various places around the subdivision including a lot at

Highway 440 and Highway 280 and the Publix parking lot.

People should keep safety in mind if they park along Highway 280 to watch the fireworks.

Happy 4th of July.

Have fun & stay safe.

Chelsea approves rezoning for planned subdivision

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The Chelsea City Council tonight unanimously approved the rezoning of 140 acres along Highway 47 for a planned 16-lot gated subdivision.

The council approved the rezoning from A-R (Agricultural-Residential) to E-1 (Residential) requested by Del Clayton with Clayton 47 Investments LLC based in Helena for the White Oak Manor subdivision. The action covered the 140.3 acres on Highway 47 about a half-mile north of Highway 69.

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Representing Clayton at the meeting, Ben Watson with Hoover-based InSite Engineering told the council the subdivision’s average lot size will be about 8 acres with the smallest being 5 acres.

The neighborhood will have a gated entrance with a cul-de-sac located about 50 to 100 feet off the roadway to allow cars room to turn around without blocking the flow of traffic into the subdivision, Watson said.

Discussion at previous meetings — including at the Chelsea Planning Commission in May — raised questions and concerns about the proposed subdivision. Tonight’s meeting elicited a couple of questions from an audience member who inquired about a guarantee the subdivision would be 16 lots rather than 100.

“The next plan is they will develop their subdivision and come into the City Council” for approval, Mayor Earl Niven said.

If the subdivision plan calls for 100 lots, it would require another rezoning, Niven said.

When asked if there would be a single house on each lot, Niven replied, “That’s the way a subdivision is set up, yes.”

Some neighbors at the Planning Commission meeting had raised concerns about a previous failed proposal for the property that included possibly around 140 homes on the site several years ago.

At that meeting in May, board members said the new zoning would allow for smaller lot sizes than under the A-R designation, but preliminary plans for the subdivision call for 16 lots ranging in size between roughly 5 and almost 13 acres. Read more…

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Chelsea Ranks First In State

Six Shelby County cities are among the best in Alabama for homeowners, according to a list compiled by a national consumer advocacy website.

On its list of the best places for home ownership in Alabama, website named Chelsea first, Calera second, Helena third, Pelham fifth and Alabaster seventh. Leeds, which is partially in Shelby County, ranked 10th on the list.

The list ranked Alabama cities with more than 10,000 residents based on three criteria: Available homes, home affordability and growth in the area.

Nerdwallet touted Chelsea’s growth over the past several years, and said the city’s 2012 population of 10,161 was more than double what it was in 2000.

“Chelsea is in Shelby County, about 20 miles southeast of Birmingham, the largest city in the state,” read the city’s entry on the list. “Residents who live near Birmingham have access to job opportunities all over the region.”

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The website also praised Calera’s growth of 11.6 percent from 2010-2012 as the highest on its list.

“Calera High School was recently named the 15th best high school in Alabama by U.S. News and World Report,” read Calera’s entry. “Calera is also home to the Shelby County Airport and features weekly summer farmers markets.”

Nerdwallet said 91.7 percent of homes in Helena are occupied by owners rather than renters.

“Vulcan Materials Co. is one of the city’s largest employers and the company describes itself as the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates — crushed stone, sand and gravel,” read Helena’s entry.

Pelham’s population increased by about 4.8 percent from 2010-2012, and is central to a plethora of offerings, according to the website.

“Pelham is nestled in the foothills of Oak Mountain and is close to Oak Mountain State Park,” read Pelham’s entry. “The Pelham Civic Complex features an ice-skating rink, banquet hall and arena.”

At just 23.4 percent, Alabaster boasts a low percentage of household income spent on monthly mortgage and utility costs, according to the list.

“Alabaster is home to the (Propst) Promenade Alabaster, the largest retail center in Shelby County,” read the list.

Leeds homeowners pay an average of $1,121 per month on home ownership costs, which is the second lowest on Nerdwallet’s Alabama list, according to the site.

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