Comprehensive Plan for City of Rochester

About the Comprehensive Plan

One of the most important powers and duties granted to a city and its citizens is the responsibility to develop and undertake a comprehensive plan. A city comprehensive plan is a means to promote and protect the general health, safety and welfare of the people and to lay out a course of action for the future social, physical and political development of the community. The plan serves as the fundamental basis for making public and private decisions on land use regulation and development, future investment and the allocation of critical resources. The plan creates a “blueprint” for the future development and preservation of the city. Often referred to as the “master plan”, it is the policy foundation upon which cities are built. 

Section 28-A of New York State General City Law defines a city comprehensive plan as: 

 “... the materials, written and/or graphic, including but not limited to maps, charts, studies, resolutions, reports and other descriptive material that identify the goals, objectives, principles, guidelines, policies, standards, devices and instruments for the immediate and long-range protection, enhancement, growth and development of the city. The city comprehensive plan shall ... serve as a basis for land use regulation, infrastructure development and public and private investment, and any plans which may detail one or more topics of a city comprehensive plan."  

The existing "Renaissance 2010 Plan" that was adopted by City Council in 1999 (*Read the Renaissance 2010 Plan Here*). The new plan, currently underway seeks to establish a cohesive vision that will serve as the roadmap to guide the City for the next 10 years.

The comprehensive plan project is a community-wide effort that engages residents, business leaders, educational institutions and other important community partners to help establish a common vision, develop priorities and identify action steps that will help ensure that the City reaches its full potential in the years to come.

Project Documents

Renaissance 2010 Plan adopted in 1999  
Comprehensive Plan Update Process Summary  
Rochester 4.0 Presentation to City Council - 4/21/16  
Mayor's Advisory Council (MAC) Members List  
Public Outreach Plan   
 *Meeting in a Box Materials (Additional Opportunity for Public Input) *  
Presentation to Mayor's Advisory Council (MAC) - 4/27/16  
Future City Project 
Summary of Existing Plans & Studies  
Planning Area Committee (PAC) Rosters and Attendance  
 Planning Area Committee (PAC) Meeting #1 Minutes - July 2016 
Planning Area Committee (PAC) Meeting #2 Minutes - August 2016 
City-wide & Planning Area Data Snapshots - November 2016  
Public Meeting Schedule - November 2016 
Public Meeting Photos - November 2016 
Planning Area Committee (PAC) Meeting #3 Minutes - February 2017 
Community Engagement Summary - March 2017 
Planning Area Committee (PAC) Meeting #4 Minutes - April 2017 

Links to Other City Planning Projects & Initiatives:

Tentative Project Schedule 

Project Kickoff April 2016
Formation of Planning Area Committees (PACs) June 2016
Public Meetings (5)    November 2016
Planning Area Reports Completed Summer 2017
Final Planning Area Report  Fall 2017
Additional Public Engagement Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Comprehensive Plan Document Preparation Fall 2017 - Summer 2018

Specific times, dates, and locations of future public meetings have not yet been determined. Check back here for specific information and project updates throughout the course of the project. 

Questions / Information / Comments

For more information about this project contact Dorraine Kirkmire, Manager of Planning at (585) 428-6698 or .