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City of Ithaca to Vote on Draft Waterfront Plan

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Ithaca’s Planning and Economic Development Committee will soon consider adoption of the city’s draft waterfront plan.

In 2015, the city adopted a two-phase process for establishing its long-term City Comprehensive Plan.

Phase I included the adoption of “Plan Ithaca” in September 2015, which identified the goals and vision for the entire city.

Phase II looks at specific neighborhood or thematic plans, of which the city’s waterfront area has been identified as a top priority. It also addresses other topics brought up in Phase I.

A waterfront working group was established in the fall of 2016, made up of 17 members of the public and City Planning Staff.

The group began meeting regularly in September 2016.

They began by drafting a land use chapter and developing new zoning recommendations for the waterfront area, which were later adopted by the Common Council in August of 2017.

More recommendations of the plan were introduced to the public at two open house sessions held over the summer at the Ithaca Farmers Market on July 11.

Since then, the waterfront group has drafted a revised plan that incorporates the community’s feedback.

The full draft waterfront plan is available for viewing at this link.

The city’s Economic and Planning committee is set to vote on the plan at their next meeting on October 9.

Any further comments are requested by October 3.

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