Welcome to the Town of Ithaca Comprehensive Plan website.  The proposed draft Plan, a revision of the Town’s 1993 Comprehensive Plan, offers a framework for guiding future growth and development in the Town over the next 10 to 20 years. It was developed using input from Town residents and stakeholders gathered from a survey and numerous meetings held over the last several years. The draft Plan maintains the Town’s priority for ensuring protection of farmland and open space while also ensuring the quality and livability of the Town’s business and residential neighborhoods.

Below is the online version of the proposed Town of Ithaca 2014 Comprehensive Plan. You can view the entire document, or choose an individual chapter to review. Residents can review a printed copy of the document at the Ithaca Town Hall (215 N. Tioga Street), Town of Ithaca Public Works Facility (106 Seven Mile Drive), or the Tompkins County Public Library.

Also, immediately below, are documents prepared in accordance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.  This includes the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for the proposed Comprehensive Plan.  This document examines potential environmental impacts and benefits that could be associated with adoption of the proposed Plan.   It examines and compares potential outcomes of the proposed Plan’s policies and recommendations to potential outcomes if the policies of the Town’s 1993 Plan were continued. 

A public comment period on the DGEIS was held from March 27, 2014 through May 5, 2014, with a public hearing held on April 22, 2014 at the Ithaca Town Hall.  Following the public comment period, a Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) was prepared.  This document includes Town’s responses to the comments on the DGEIS, as well as copies or summaries of the comments received.  The Town Board accepted the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS) at their meeting on August 11, 2014. On September 8, 2014,  the Comprehensive Plan was officially adopted by a unanimous vote of the Town Board.


Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Scoping Document



ENTIRE DOCUMENT:

Town of Ithaca Comprehensive Plan (adopted September 2014)


INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS:

         Table of Contents

         CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

         CHAPTER 2: GOALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

         CHAPTER 3: FUTURE LAND USE PLAN

                    Future Land Use/Character Map

         CHAPTER 4: IMPLEMENTATION

APPENDICES:

          APPENDIX A: IMPLEMENTING BEST PRACTICES

          APPENDIX B: EXISTING CONDITIONS

                   B 1: Demographic Profile

                   B 2: Land Use

                   B 3: Housing

                   B 4: Natural Resources and Environment

                   B 5: Energy and Climate Protection

                   B 6: Agricultural Resources

                   B 7: Recreational Resources

                   B 8: Historical Resources

                   B 9: Transportation

                   B 10: Municipal Services and Infrastructure

                   B 11: Community Services

                   B 12: Economic Development 

            APPENDIX C: RESIDENT SURVEY RESULTS

    APPENDIX D: PUBLIC AND FOCUS GROUP MEETING SUMMARIES

            APPENDIX E: POPULATION AND HOUSING PROJECTIONS

            APPENDIX F: GLOSSARY

            APPENDIX G: BIBLIOGRAPHY

            APPENDIX H: AGRICULTURE PLAN

            APPENDIX I: SCENIC RESOURCES INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS



Additional Information:

- Town’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee

  - 1993 Town of Ithaca Comprehensive Plan