Comprehensive Plan Update - Rochester 4.0


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About the Project

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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.

A good comprehensive plan both guides the specific physical and economic development of the city and also accommodates broader social, environmental and regional concerns.
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 City of Rochester has begun an update to the existing "Renaissance 2010 Plan" that was adopted by City Council in 1999 (*Read the Renaissance 2010 Plan Here*). The updated plan entitled "Rochester 4.0 - Our Neighborhoods, Our Future"  seeks to establish a cohesive vision that will serve as the roadmap to guide the City for years to come, with an overall time frame of 10 years.

The comprehensive plan update project will be 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.

Once complete, Rochester 4.0 - Our Neighborhoods, Our Future will be a valuable tool used to help promote the City of Rochester, evaluate future development proposals, inform policy decisions and prioritize City investments in a thoughtful, strategic manner to ensure that "Our future is as bright as our past".  

The comprehensive plan update process will include:

• Using the existing plan format; building off of existing policies, goals, objectives and strategies as well as other recently completed plans, studies and reports
• Updating the plan with current demographic and economic data and trends
• Creating a flexible, strategic, and implementable plan to help guide future decision making
• Incorporating relevant innovative planning concepts, ideas and techniques
• Creating a document that includes policy guidance and direction for future land use decisions and zoning code updates
• Creating a document that provides direction for future investments and allocation of resources
• Benchmarks or “indicators of success” in the plan
• Developing the plan using a strong public participation component
• Utilizing our consultant team from Bergmann Associates & Highland Planning to assist in the plan development process, meeting facilitation and other public outreach components

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  
Presentation to Mayor's Advisory Council (MAC) - 4/27/16 
Summary of Existing Plans & Studies  
Planning Area Committee (PAC) Roster 
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 

Links to Other City Planning Projects & Initiatives:

Tentative Project Schedule 

Project Kickoff April 2016
Mayor's Advisory Council Meeting #1 April 27, 2016
Formation of Planning Area Committees (PACs) June 2016
Public Meetings (5)    November 2016
Mayor's Advisory Council Meeting #2     Fall 2016
Draft Planning Area Reports Completed Winter 2017
Public Meetings (5) Winter 2017
Final Planning Area Reports Completed Winter 2017
Rochester 4.0 Plan Document Preparation Spring 2017
Review of Draft Plan by Mayor / City Council Summer 2017
Public Meetings (5) Summer 2017
Plan Document Submitted to City Council for Adoption Fall 2017

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 the Project Manager - Doug Benson, Associate City Planner at (585) 428-6824 or .