Tag: Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department

Planning is key to citywide success

Strategic urban planning is key to sustainable development in a growing community like Rochester. It helps city leaders to maximize public dollars, adapt to changing demographics, and address the demand for housing, transportation, and workforce. While DMC helps shape the future of downtown, city and county planners are looking ahead to prepare for citywide growth.

“Planning to Succeed” or P2S 2040 is the city’s comprehensive plan intended to provide community members, business leaders, city staff, and government officials with a roadmap as they prepare for current and future growth.

Both the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the DMC Development Plan, which was endorsed by the City of Rochester in March 2015, encouraged extensive community engagement throughout the planning processes. “Community-wide participation is incredibly important,” says Patrick Seeb, DMC economic development and placemaking director. “It leads to better ideas, community buy-in, and long-term success.”

P2S, Rochester Want to Hear from You

The City of Rochester is sounding the call for input from residents, visitors, and patients to complete a pair of online surveys that will help shape the city’s comprehensive planning process.

Planning 2 SucceedPlanning 2 Succeed page, the city’s interactive online survey, takes 5-10 minutes to complete and encourages participants to set priorities for the city’s future—for everything from more parks and trails to improved public transit and incentives for startup businesses. The online tool also provides options to cut taxes and reduce budgets, if that’s the direction you would like the city to take. But, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Should you opt for lower taxes, you can’t choose as many amenities and improvements.

“We want to hear from everyone with an interest in Rochester’s future—that includes patients, visitors, and people who live nearby or work in the city.”
— Dave Dunn, associate director, Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department