What is the Center City Master Plan (CCMP)?
The current CCMP was originally
adopted in 2003. Since that time many important development
projects, political and market changes, budget issues and other significant
events have impacted the Center City. The proposed update of the CCMP provides
an opportunity to engage the public and downtown stakeholders in an important
discussion about our city’s future and to revitalize community interest in a
critical effort to create a new vision for downtown Rochester. View the current Center City Master Plan.
The updated Center City Master Plan will consist of three main components:
- A printed, paper document
- A website that will be a digital version of the paper document
- The computer generated three-dimensional model of Center City
Rochester’s updated Center City
Master Plan will be a strategic plan that identifies priorities for investment
and development and makes clear whether specific projects are public sector or
private sector. The city has a much greater ability to implement public sector
investments; private sector investments are more determined by market
The plan will indentify guiding
principles such as prioritizing pedestrian mobility and active ground floor
facades in new or renovated buildings.
Physical details of specific projects such as reconstructed streets, new
trails, revitalized parks, and new buildings will not be included in the
updated CCMP, but rather be developed as specific projects move forward, utilizing
the guiding principles in the plan.
What boundaries define the Center City Master Plan?
For the purposes of the Center City Master Plan, the Center City Master Plan area is defined by Center City District (CCD) Zoning. Download the map.
How will the City use the Center City Master Plan?
City Council will use the Center City Master Plan (CCMP) for review and approval of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and other important planning and zoning decisions. The city’s various boards and commissions will use the CCMP as a guide and reference for better, more efficient decision-making.
City staff will use the CCMP as public infrastructure projects are planned, designed, built, and maintained. Developers will use the CCMP to inform their development proposals and, in so doing, streamline the approval process.
Citizens are what make up the City and the citizens of Rochester will use the plan to understand the vision for the future of Center City and use it in public decision making processes.
Timeline of Completion
City staff have spent much of 2012
laying the groundwork for the Center City Master Plan Update.
Public engagement, through the
survey and stakeholder meetings, took place from January to March, 2013.
The draft plan was compiled
throughout the Summer and Fall of 2013.
A first draft of the plan was released in
early November 2013. A series of public
events were held to present the draft and gather comments on the
general format and content of the draft plan.
An updated draft plan is currently being prepared. Then the plan components (printed document, website, and three-dimensional
computer model), will be finalized and submitted to City Council for adoption
in the Spring of 2014. The adopted plan
will then be printed and posted online.