is creating a new Comprehensive
Plan that will guide the city's development during the next 10 to 20
years. The plan's purpose is to "...build consensus on a future
vision, establish City policies to guide official actions toward that
vision and to inform the public and investors about the City’s future
Press Release, August 2001,
announcing comprehensive plan.
Mayor Matt Driscoll announces a collaborative effort between the City and
County to create a new
Comprehensive Plan for Syracuse.
Press Release, October 2001, status report.
Progress and next steps announced for Comprehensive Plan, including a
meeting with the mayors of Burlington, Ithaca and Rochester regarding the
comprehensive plans completed in those communities.
First Public Look at the
comprehensive Plan, July 9, 2004. FOCUS Greater Syracuse hosts the
first public look at the city's draft comprehensive plan.
Comprehensive Plan Adopted,
January 24, 2005. The Syracuse Common Council unanimously passes the
Syracuse Comprehensive Plan -- but much work remains to be done.
Official Syracuse Comprehensive Plan website.
Here you can download the City of Syracuse Comprehensive Plan and its appendices.
The Preservation Component, Syracuse Comprehensive Plan.
element completed for the new Comprehensive Plan
was the "Preservation Component." This extensively
documented and illustrated 91 page report was completed in 2003 by the Urban Design
Studio at SUNY ESF. It summarizes the history and development of Syracuse,
then recommends several steps that the city could take to better preserve the region's historic assets
and incorporate these into the fabric of the evolving city.
The Downtown Master Plan Component, Syracuse
Comprehensive Plan. This master plan for downtown Syracuse was the
second component completed for the comprehensive plan. Like the
Preservation Component, it was developed by the Urban Design Studio at SUNY ESF.
Housing Component, Syracuse Comprehensive Plan. This report by the
Urban Design Studio at SUNY ESF,
the third produced for the Comprehensive Plan, addresses the financial,
physical and social issues related to the city's residential
neighborhoods, as well as related citywide issues.
Commercial Component, Syracuse Comprehensive Plan. This section
addresses the financial, physical and social issues related to business
district and commercial corridor development, as well as related
citywide issues. It is the fourth section of the Comprehensive Plan to
be completed by the Urban Design Studio at SUNY ESF.
Preface; Introduction; Inventory and Analysis; Goals, Objectives and
Recommended Actions (2 meg).
Detailed Recommendations; Conclusion; Bibliography; Appendices (5
Hawley-Green Neighborhood Component. The Hawley-Green
Neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. This
neighborhood component was the first to be completed under the
city's comprehensive plan.
East Gateway Plan. A plan to revitalize the South Salina Street
business corridor, just south of downtown. A 2005 market research study
showed that this low-income neighborhood has a higher concentration of
buying power than the average suburban town and residents spend more
than $45.2 million a year in stores outside their neighborhood.
Past Syracuse Plans
1919 Syracuse Comprehensive Plan.
The city's last Comprehensive Plan was completed in 1919. Among its
recommendations: the city's first aerodrome (airport) to be located on the
western shore of Onondaga Lake, plans to interconnect the city's major
parks so they encircle the city center, and a new World War I memorial to
be located near the Civil War "Soldiers' and Sailors'" monument in Clinton
Syracuse: A General Neighborhood Renewal Plan.
This plan is from the "urban renewal" period when cities
across the nation were leveling older parts of town to make way for the
future. If implemented, this plan would have wiped away almost all of
Hanover Square, Armory Square, the Amos Building and City Hall. A
remodeled Clinton Square would have had a high-rise office building
where the Jerry Rescue statue now stands.
Visions for Onondaga Creek.
Onondaga Creek corridor is the most intact natural system in the City of
Syracuse. Although channeled, mostly hidden and badly maligned for more
than a century, this corridor has the potential to be THE civic and
ecological highway of the City!
” Results of a forum, held April 4th at SUNY's College of
Environmental Science and Forestry, to create a future vision for Onondaga
Discovering Onondaga Creek.
Take a photographic canoe trip down Onondaga Creek, starting under
Dorwin Avenue and ending in Clinton Square.
Other Plans for Syracuse
Comprehensive Plans from Other Cities
2010, The Renaissance'. In updating their 1964 comprehensive
master plan, Rochester adopted the theme, "Neighbors Building
Neighborhoods." The city was divided into ten planning sectors and
citizen-run planning committees were formed in each sector. Ultimately,
over four hundred citizens became involved in a two-year long process.
Binghamton. The City of Binghamton
passed a new Comprehensive Plan in late 2002 (this is a 30 meg pdf file).
In conclusion, the report say, "The challenge to Binghamton City leaders
today is to create an environment that is appealing to new business and
industry, as well as new and returning residents."
Schoharie, Town and Village. A visual image survey was
conducted with residents to determine design style preferences. The
results were clear. "The lowest preference was given to modern
subdivisions, large apartments and contemporary attached housing,
highway strip malls, commercial buildings and shopping plazas with
large parking lots, flat roofs, and wide intersections and streets."
“Sustainable” Burlington. The City of Burlington, Vermont
produced a Comprehensive Plan focused on creating a "sustainable"
community. "A sustainable city is one that meets its current needs without
reducing its capacity to meet its needs in the future."
Providence 2020. "In the future,
Providence will be a waterfront city, where the water, continuous
parks, and transit link the Valley to the Bay."
Columbia, Maryland. "Downtown Columbia
will be a diverse, mixed-use, livable, physically distinctive and
humanscaled place with a range of housing choices and recreational,
civic and cultural amenities."
Waukegan, Illinois. "Downtown Waukegan will become a
vibrant city center, a place for jobs, shopping, entertainment and
urban living. The South Lakefront and the Harbor will become home to
new waterfront neighborhoods. The North Lakefront will become an
international model for environmental and ecological restoration."
Charlottesville, SC. "We visualize our community as one
that balances the natural and built environments and that has a
vital urban core surrounded by a rural area that remains
predominantly green and open."
Portland Oregon. This is perhaps the most ambitious
"smart growth" comprehensive plan in the nation.
Mississippi Renewal Forum. Following the destruction of
Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Governor Haley Barbour formed the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal. Their
formidable task: develop plans for the rebuilding of 11 coastal cities
and 120 miles of coastal region. Architect Andres Duany consulted with
the Congress for the New Urbanism to assemble, in Mississippi, more than
200 of the best new urban professionals in the country. The resulting
plan, comprised of 22 separate team reports, is the most extensive
New Urbanist planning effort ever undertaken in this country.
To view PDF files you will need
Be sure to also take a look at Onondaga County's