"The Onondaga County Settlement Plan was completed over a
two-year period beginning in 1999... the Plan began by acknowledging that
the County's greatest strength was its tradition of historic
neighborhoods, and then focused on providing the tools that could most
effectively reinforce that tradition."
Speech at NESEA Building Energy 2000 Conference
by Karen Kitney, Director, Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency
"County has plan to enhance
quality of life". Central New York Business Journal article about the
county's new Settlement Plan.
categorization system. How the 'Transect" rural/urban categorization
system was applied
to planning in, among other places, Onondaga County.
Interview with Andres Duany. Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Company, led development of the county's
new Settlement Plan.
Interview with Elizabeth
Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck. Interview with the other two principles of
Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Company. Jeff Speck was project leader for the
county's Settlement Plan project.
Urbanism," a term introduced by Duany, is based on the belief that a
return to traditional neighborhood patterns is essential to restoring
functional, sustainable communities.
Onondaga County Settlement Plan
(Note: these files are large and may take a
long time to download)
Neighborhood Guidelines (PDF file, 1.9 meg): For those new to
the principals of traditional neighborhood design, this is the place to start.
"The TND Guidelines...are designed to quickly and easily communicate
the philosophy and practice of Traditional Neighborhood Development. As a
guideline, it is more descriptive and less precise than the Code, and is best
used as an educational tool for citizens, public servants, and developers. It
should be distributed as widely as possible."
(High Resolution Version, 7.4 meg)
The Regional Plan and
Pilot Projects (PDF file, 6.1 meg): "The Onondaga County
Settlement Plan was completed over a two-year period beginning in 1999.
Its intention from the start was to create a document that would encourage and
enable the thirty-five municipalities of Onondaga County to improve their
residents’ quality of life through a renewed emphasis on neighborhoods.
Specifically, the Plan began by acknowledging that the County’s greatest
strength was its tradition of historic neighborhoods, and then focused on
providing the tools that could most effectively reinforce that tradition."(High
Resolution Version, 15.1 meg)
Design Code (PDF file, 2.5 meg): "Onondaga County has
experienced half a century of suburban sprawl. Most of this sprawl occurred in
direct accordance with existing zoning and subdivision regulations that
effectively outlaw traditional neighborhood development. Clearly, an
alternative set of regulations is necessary to allow and encourage the
construction, extension, and revitalization of the County’s neighborhoods."
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