Who We Are:

Susan Ritter, Director of Planning 

Michael Smith, Senior Planner

Daniel Tasman, Senior Planner

Christine Balestra, Planner

Abby Homer, Administrative Assistant 

What We Do: The Planning Department provides technical planning services to Town residents  and the various Boards and Committees of the Town.  Our primary functions include:

  • Updating and implementing the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and other long-range planning programs
  • Coordinating site plan, subdivision and environmental reviews
  • Assisting applicants through the appropriate review processes
  • Assisting the various Boards and the Committees of the Town through research, writing regulations and making recommendations
  • Conducting research on economic and demographic conditions in the Town
  • Maintaining a database on the Town’s population, land use, housing, environmental conditions, community facilities, etc.
  • Assisting in the planning and design of the Town’s parks and trails 
  • Preparing grant applications under federal, state and other funding programs
  • Overseeing the preparation of special planning studies and reports

Where We Are Located: The Planning Department is located in the Town of Ithaca Town Hall,  215 North Tioga Street, in downtown Ithaca, next to the Seneca Street parking garage.

How To Contact Us:  You may reach any member of the Department by calling 607-273-1747.  Individual phone extensions and email addresses are located on the staff contact page.  You may also click on a name in the "Who We Are” section above to send an email to a specific Planning staff member.

Where Can I Find:

 Codes and Plans?
 Popular Maps?
New Neighborhood Code
Recoding Ithaca

2014 Comprehensive Plan Final    
Transportation Plan
 Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan   
 Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan 
 Local Laws
 Scenic Resources Inventory


 Helpful Resources?
 Related Links?
 Site Plan Process Brochure  
 Subdivison Process Brochure 
 Rezoning Process Brochure    
 PB Application Form & Submittal Requirements 
 New SEQR Requirement