City Comprehensive Plan

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PLAN ITHACA, the City of the Ithaca’s comprehensive plan, was adopted by the Common Council on September 2, 2015. The plan is a vision for the future and a blueprint for change, particularly as it relates both to the physical growth of the city’s buildings, streets, and infrastructure and to the retention and enhancement of quality of life elements, such as parks, neighborhoods, and social equity.  It will be a fundamental part of the City’s decision-making processes, serving as both an inspiration for a broad range of City actions and a standard by which they can be measured. The comprehensive plan guides the Common Council and City boards and committees, and informs City policies, including zoning and funding decisions.

PLAN ITHACA is available for review through one of the links below. Hardcopies are also available for review in the Department of Planning, Building, Zoning, & Economic Development (3rd Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green St.).


(online version, for web viewing only)

   Future Land Use Map
(a larger version of the one on pg. 35)

Appendix C: Maps 

What’s next?
The city has undertaken a two-phase process for the preparation of the new comprehensive plan. Phase I involved the preparation of a city-wide plan, Plan Ithaca, that identifies a vision and goals for the future.  Phase II will include the subsequent preparation of specific neighborhood or thematic plans, identified in Phase I. To begin Phase II, the City will focus on the following plans: (1) city-wide housing strategy; (2) waterfront area plan; (3) Southside neighborhood plan; and (4) park system master plan. Work on Phase II will begin in early 2016, and updates on these efforts will be posted to this page as they become available.