The City's existing comprehensive plan was completed in 1998. Cognizant of the need for a new plan, the City has initiated a community planning process to develop a new comprehensive plan that reflects the community's vision and goals and incorporates modern community planning practices. The plan will be developed over the course of the next 12 to 16 months using a multi-phase process that will include a thorough review of existing conditions, the development of a community-based vision and goals, and an action plan to implement it.
View the planning Process and Schedule to learn more.
What is a comprehensive plan?
According to New York state statutes, a comprehensive plan is “the materials, written and/or graphic, including but not limited to maps, charts, studies, resolutions, reports and other 148 NYS Department of State 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 municipality. It's a decision making framework for elected and appointed officials, advisory boards and other government agencies.
More specifically Elmira's Comprehensive Plan will:
The Comprehensive Plan is a policy framework and is NOT a zoning ordinance, a budget, or a capital improvement program.