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The Guiding Principles PowerPoint in Outline Form

Conducting a Successful Comprehensive Planning Process

Recommendations by CANA Comprehensive Plan Task Force

March 1, 2006

CANA Recognizes Potential
Need for Comprehensive Plan

... organizes its annual conference on the topic of comprehensive planning.

Many plans but no city-wide vision or comprehensive plan

A few examples:

Arbor Hill Neighborhood Plan

Midtown University Plan

Delaware Avenue C-1 Neighborhood Commercial District Revitalization Program

Albany Convention Center Siting

Harriman State Office Campus Area Planning

Park South Specific Redevelopment Plan

Challenge for Albany: competing land use objectives

• Growing interest in Albany as opportunity creates growing needs of residents, businesses, and support services such as school district, landfill (waste disposal), etc.

• Resulting in competing objectives for use of land and locations.

CANA’s Neighborhoods Work VI
December 3, 2005

Major Topic: Should the City of Albany Have a Comprehensive Plan

Guest Speakers: Planning Experts

Sign-Up Opportunity for 2006 Project to develop recommendations for Comprehensive Planning for Albany

Comprehensive planning is key to regulating land uses

"Among the most important powers and duties granted by the legislature to a city government is the authority and responsibility to undertake city comprehensive planning and to regulate land use for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety and general welfare of its citizens." – Patricia E. Salkin, Associate Dean and Director, Government Law Center of Albany Law School

Mayor Proposes a City Comprehensive Plan Initiative
on 12-30-05

CANA Calls for Action on Comprehensive Plan: 1-4-06

"Recognizing that the City of Albany does not have a written Comprehensive Plan or Master Plan to guide development within the community;

that the implementation of a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Albany is desirable to provide maximum feasible resident input into guiding patterns of growth, as well as making it clear to anyone proposing new development what community expectations and standards will have to be met;

and that CANA believes that the development of a comprehensive plan will allow Albany residents to participate in planning for future growth and revitalization in our community, and help spur that revitalization activity."

Comprehensive Plan Task Force
Gets to Work:

Reviewed Neigh. Works Conference

Interviewed planning experts/NWC speakers


Researched other cities’ comprehensive/community planning programs

Applied professional experience with extensive Task Force discussion

Collaborated as a Task Force to Create Guidance Document

Proposal for a Process to Create a Comprehensive Plan

A Comprehensive Plan Committee, on behalf of the Common Council of the City of Albany, should lead a public-consensus-driven planning process to identify a city-wide vision and major organizing themes for city actions over the next 10 to 15 years.


The City Comprehensive Plan Committee will prepare the draft plan report (with consultants actually creating the report), and present the report and its recommendations to the Common Council and Mayor for Common Council adoption.

Executive Summary

The Common Council directs the process.

Extensive public participation is the basis for the process.

The process takes existing neighborhood, civic and institutional plans into consideration.

The committee determines the strategic actions and organizations to carry out the Plan.

The plan includes a framework for periodic updates.

The City begins fully funding the process in its next annual budget.

Common Council
Directs the Process

Council appoints a diverse committee to develop the plan on its behalf, with staff and consultant

By State law, the Common Council is the governmental body that adopts the plan

Benefits of Council Involvement: The Common Council is a diverse and representative body that is best suited to provide leadership and creativity

Public Participation:
Foundation of the Plan Process

The public is integral at every step of creating the plan, the vision, the themes, and developing strategic actions.

"The participation of citizens in an open, responsible and flexible planning process is essential to designing the optimum city comprehensive plan." -- Patricia E. Salkin, Associate Dean and Director, Government Law Center of Albany Law School

Process Considers
Completed and Current Plans

Determine Strategic Actions

The Planning Process Identifies:

Major strategic actions



Organizations and entities to take action

Costs and Time Frame for Actions


Framework for Periodic Updates

City is dynamic place, things change

Recommend mechanism for periodic Plan updates

Create framework for assessing implementation progress

Fund the Planning Process

City begins fully funding the planning process in its next annual budget

Establish budget adequate to conduct a successful planning process

Plan funding for Strategic Actions

Request CANA
Vote of Support Tonight

Timing is Critical: A Resolution (Held on Feb. 23, 2006) has been introduced already by Rosenzweig/Herring 03.12.06R* (referred to the Planning, Economic Development and Land Use Committee) that reads:

"Resolution of the Common Council Calling for the Development of a Comprehensive Plan for the City of Albany and Designating the Planning Board as the Developing Agency."


Need to share CANA’s findings ASAP with the Common Council, Mayor, and City Staff to Help Constructively Inform the Decision-Making Process

Thank You!