What is the 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 center city master plan (CCMP) is similar to a business plan for the downtown area. Every successful business needs a viable business plan complete with a marketing strategy to assist with resource allocation and market changes. The CCMP essentially creates, manages, and implements a business plan for downtown. The city invests millions of dollars every year on public projects downtown that are intended to move the city towards a vibrant, sustainable future. Every thriving city should have a master plan that provides that inspiration and direction.
The CCMP was originally adopted in 2002. 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 original Center City Master 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, will take place starting in January 2013.
The plan, including the paper document, the website, and the 3D model, will be drafted starting in April 2013 and released as a draft in Summer 2013.
After comments are received on the draft, the plan components (printed document, website, and three-dimensional computer model), will be finalized. It is anticipated that City Council will adopt the updated Center City Master Plan by the end of 2013.