New Neighborhood Code

On Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 PM. the Town will host an informal meeting at Town Hall to introduce the New Neighborhood Code, and give a presentation showing what it does and how it works. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, and hear comments and suggestions.

The 2014 Town of Ithaca Comprehensive Plan envisions compact, walkable mixed use neighborhoods in emerging growth areas close to major employers and activity hubs.  

The New Neighborhood Code is the next step in bringing the community's vision to life.  It's a form-based zoning and design code that will be the framework for planning and building great new neighborhoods  places with a wide variety of housing choices, networks of pedestrian-friendly streets, main streets with shops and services, and parks and gathering places a short walk away.   

The New Neighborhood Code is user friendly, using plain English and colorful graphics that describe how to build a neighborhood or just put up a fence.  It has a collaborative master planning process to ensure new neighborhoods are planned as a unified whole, not piecemeal.  However, it uses an incremental approach that lets a neighborhood grow and evolve naturally over time. 

The New Neighborhood Code offers an alternative to the Town's current development regulations, with tools that are better suited to building new complete neighborhoods.   The Town's current zoning and subdivision regulations aren't going away, and existing zoning won't change when the Town adopts the New Neighborhood Code.