Syracuse has a comprehensive plan for three decades of planning

Mar 18, 2014

The city of Syracuse now has a document to base its urban planning decisions on for the next three decades.

The city councilor passed the Comprehensive Plan 2040 on Monday after a year of delays. Councilors added several sections to the vision document, including transportation, energy, and the new land bank.

It is a guide for making decisions going forward, Andrew Maxwell, the head of planning and sustainability for the city and county, said.

"The thing that’s important to remember is that a comprehensive plan is something that is meant to be a guide, but it does have a great deal of flexibility. It’s mostly a statement of our values, our vision for the community, what’s important to us, what’s some of our big picture goals," he said.

Maxwell says now that the plan is place, his office will be able to dive into different policy matters, such as the city’s zoning code. Maxwell says the plan will be expanded and adjusted as need be and new issues arise.

"It helps provide a more specific roadmap that’s supposed to be city departments and city operations, but also people in the development community and people in our neighborhoods," Maxwell said.

Maxwell’s office began working on the plan in 2010.