The Common Council passed a long awaited Comprehensive Plan for the city of Syracuse on Friday, March 17th. The plan addresses issues related to urban planning and development initiatives that will shape the city over the course of the next three decades. In Mayor Miner’s press release, she emphasizes the cities emphasis on responsible urban planning and economic development solutions that will improve processes, planning and create a more sustainable core.
The following is an outline of the components involved in the 2040 plan as taken from the online documents.
The Land Use & Development component of the Comprehensive Plan will guide major revisions to the City’s Zoning Ordinance. A large undertaking such as this is only pursued as needed, when development regulations are no longer in line with the community’s desired vision.
The Sustainability component of the Comprehensive Plan assesses the needs and the current resources of the city and outlines goals and initiatives to meet these needs and protect the city’s future environmental, economic, and social sustainability. The Sustainability Plan serves as a guide for the city operations as well as setting a common vision for the community at large.
Public art is a vital feature of the City’s cultural and physical environment and contributes to a strong sense of place and high quality of life in Syracuse. The Public Art component of the Comprehensive Plan will describe the guiding vision, objectives, and actions necessary to encourage, enhance, and support the growing public art program in the City.
The Historic Preservation component of the Comprehensive Plan outlines planning objectives for identification and designation of landmarks and historic districts, survey and documentation of the City’s historic resources, public education and outreach, economic incentives for local landmark designation, and revisions to the local preservation ordinance. This plan is developed with collaboration from City staff, the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board, local preservation advocates, and the State Historic Preservation Office.
Transportation goals included within the Comprehensive Plan cover regulations, policies, and funding priorities over which the City has control or influence. In addition, as the City embraces a Complete Streets policy and moves to expand the safety and availability bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, these two subject areas warrant detailed plans (see below). Regional transportation planning is described above.
Parks Recovery Action Plan
The City’s network of parks and open space are a remarkable asset within our urban environment. They provide recreational and public health benefits, provide habitat to a diverse ecosystem, and function as green infrastructure, capturing storm water runoff. This component of the Comprehensive Plan will be developed in 2013-14 and will address long-term planning for maintenance and capital improvement of Syracuse’s parks.
As Syracuse continues to revitalize, these initiatives and their implementation will become increasingly important. Does this comprehensive plan create an outline for a successful, sustainable city? What does our city look like, act like, thrive like in 2040?