Plans & Projects
Current Comprehensive Plan of Development
The City Plan Commission recently adopted a new comprehensive plan of development. The plan's primary focus is physical development and environmental protection, seeking to identify the most desirable and sustainable use of land in a fully-developed urban landscape.
The plan also serves to guide the related city policies concerning housing and neighborhood preservation, economic development and transportation policy. Special emphasis is placed on the city's waterfront and downtown areas, both of which are unique destinations with a regional appeal.
The Commission's recommendations are organized in three directives: Quality Standard, Regional Standing and Sense of Place. These directives are intended to be the guiding principles upon which to rest both major developments and incremental changes.
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The Comprehensive Plan
New Haven’s first ever Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) was formally adopted by the City and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on October 4, 2005. The current update to this plan is being developed to re-evaluate the mitigation goals and alternatives for the next five years, to assess the work accomplished since 2005 based on the strategy outlined in the previous plan, to frame the recommendations for the next five years, and to outline a strategy for implementation. This plan update is relevant not only in emergency management situations, but is also relevant in community's land use, environmental, and capital improvement frameworks. The City Plan Department prepared this update document by working with representatives from City Plan, Engineering, Emergency Preparedness, and CAO. It was approved by the City Plan Commission in August 2010 and currently being reviewed by the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and FEMA.
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 encourages communities to prepare a HMP for natural disasters, such as a hurricane or flood, and update it once every five years. Given the personal and financial severity of recent national disasters, the City has been working to understand local conditions and plan accordingly. The primary goal of the HMP update is to reduce the loss of or damage to life, property, infrastructure, and natural, cultural and economic resources from natural disasters.
The plan update identifies and assesses risks associates with inland flooding, coastal flooding, hurricanes, sea level rise, summer storms / winter storms, land subsidence and earthquakes.
In June, 2006, the City Plan Commission adopted a new Coastal Program. Pursuant to the Connecticut Coastal Area Management Act, the program forms the basis of the City Plan Commission's coastal site plan review findings and is an essential part of our review of zoning applications, coastal land use decisions and public investment priorities.
Many thanks to the over 100 busisesses, residents and others who participated in drafting the new plan. City Plan, and our consultant Milone and MacBroom, continue to welcome your participation as we move forward with implementation.