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FOCUS Greater Syracuse Features the Sustainable Development Plan

FOCUS Greater Syracuse will host a presentation on “Building Sustainable Communities with the Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan” by the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency.

When: Friday, June 15th at 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Where: City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., 1st Floor., Syracuse

Everyone is welcome!

Draft Sustainable Development Plan Complete

The draft Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan is now complete! Please explore all the new website content, including the Summary Report, Elements and Action Plan. You can offer feedback online or at one of our public presentations. Continue to check this Announcements page for future meeting notices.

B’ville aims for Smart Growth Planning with new law

Baldwinsville — Village officials recently passed NY RPT Law 485-A, which allows an eight-year exemption on property taxes (plus four additional years of reduced taxes on a sliding scale) for improvements made to the residential portion of a mixed-use property. The law is designed to revitalize development in urban areas and does not affect the taxpayer because without the potential investment and improvement, there are limited taxes to collect.

“Property taxes are high in New York State,” said Mayor Joseph Saraceni. “This law would encourage property owners to invest in their property without fear of property taxes, which would give them time to find tenants for the renovated space.”

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Urban Design & City Image

The Onondaga Citizens League’s Community Image Study Committee is sponsoring a 5-part series of discussions on the tenets of urban design and the relationship of design to community image, in particular to Syracuse. The series is free, and registration deadline is March 22nd. For more information, call 443-4846 or email

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Complete Streets Workshop

The Onondaga County Health Department, as part of its Creating Healthy Places campaign, is hosting a Complete Streets Workshop on March 6th at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The free workshop (and breakfast) will feature speaker Lois Chaplin from the Cornell Local Roads program. For more information, call Linda at the Health Department at 435-3280.

New state plan pairs loans and utility bills

Homeowners will soon have the option to repay energy-related home improvement loans of up to $25,000 on their monthly utility bills.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the new service last week in his State of the State address as a convenience that is expected to spur interest in state-sponsored energy-efficiency programs.
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Smart-growth trend shifting focus away from sprawl

Shifting demographic and economic factors, coupled with a state policy that encourages smart-growth principles, signal a shift in the decades-old debate over suburban sprawl.
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Public Input Wanted on City’s Land Use & Development Plan

The City’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability is seeking feedback on the Land Use & Development component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Land Use & Development plan outlines a comprehensive vision, priorities, and goals for development for decades to come. We encourage you to attend a TNT meeting and view the draft Land Use & Development Plan.

Governor Cuomo to Sign “Complete Streets” Legislation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he will sign a law to require state and local transportation agencies to consider “complete streets” designs that will make streets and roadways across the state safe and accessible to all New Yorkers.

Under the new law, “Complete Streets” design principles will be considered on New York State Department of Transportation projects and local and county projects which receive both federal and state funding and are subject to state DOT oversight. “Complete Streets” principles facilitate improved joint use of roadways by all users, including pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists as well as promote a cleaner, greener transportation system with reduced traffic congestion and the resultant air pollution.
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CHOOSE OUR FUTURE Virtual Open House

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