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    City Plan Department

    Karyn Gilvarg
    Karyn Gilvarg, A.I.A.
    Executive Director

    165 Church Street,
    5th Floor
    New Haven, CT 06510
    (203) 946-6378
    The City Plan Department facilitates the physical development of the City and encourages the development of sustainable land use, economic and social policy. The department is responsible for the Comprehensive Plan of Development, as well as other area-specific development plans.

    The Department works with city agencies, commissions and boards to provide planning, zoning, and development information and advice, assisting residents, businesses, and developers in achieving the City's development objectives. City Plan maintains a small, non-circulating reference library of books and reports related to planning and development in New Haven, as well as a map library. We are a local partner of the United States Census Bureau.

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    New Haven Vision 2025:

    The City Plan Commission staff  recently updated the city's ten year Comprehensive Plan of Development aka New Haven Vision 2025. It was officially adopted by the Board of Alders on November 5, 2015 and became effective since December 1, 2015. Please click the following link to view the document and all other supporting materials.


    2013 Zoning Ordinance Revision:

    The City is revising the New Haven Ordinance. The RH-2 Section - Residential High Density Districts and related sections and definitions are proposed for revisions. The City Plan Commission report and the text of the revisions are available here, in the City Plan Department at 165 Church Street (5th Floor) and the City/Town Clerk's Office.

    New Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance: July, 2013

    Certified flood ordinance
    Certified Zoning Ordinance Amendment

    To locate flood maps by address click here.Please uncheck the map-based search option within this link if you are typing in an address.

    Hill to Downtown Planning Initiave

    The City kicked off a Hill to Downtown Planning Initiave on September 20, 2012 with a Community meeting from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Roberto Clemente School cafeteria, 360 Columbus Avenue, (corner of Howard Ave.) New Haven. There was an open house at 6:00 p.m. and formal presentations began at approximately 7:00 p.m.

    The meeting hosted by the City of New Haven Office of the Economic Development Administrator and its Economic Development, City Plan, Transportation & Livable City Initiative departments and the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, English-to-Spanish
    translation services were provided.

    New Haven has experienced tremendous growth these past five years with almost $3 billion in new development projects and a 2% job growth last year. The City wishes to undertake this initiative to provide a positive framework for the continued growth of the city that meets the goals of building a mixed-use, mixed-income, sustainable community for the future.

    A team of expert consultants with extensive experience in planning, urban design, transportation, and economic analysis was introduced. They are charged with preparing a comprehensive analysis of the area (generally between Union Station and the Medical campus with important
    connections to the rest of the Hill and Downtown neighborhoods) and a long-term action plan. Members of the community and local organizations were encouraged to attend and provide input as the project gets underway through to final recommendations. This initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

    Stayed tuned for more information about ways to keep up with the project.

    2012-09-20 Hill-to-Downtown Public Meeting Presentation
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