Albany, NY, Albany 2030
The city's comprehensive plan lays out its six-part vision statement in one of the first pages of the plan.
The six components of the city's vision statement are Safe, Livable Neighborhoods; Model Education System; Vibrant Urban Center; Multi-Modal Transportation Hub; Green City; and Prosperous Economy. Section 2.0, Vision Statement, provides a brief overview of the community visioning process.
This comprehensive plan won the APA New York Upstate Planning Excellence Award for Comprehensive Planning Winner in 2013 and was used to help refine the Sustaining Places comprehensive plan standards. The plan is based on a systems approach with three guiding concepts and five system principles (interconnections, feedback loops, resilience, synergies, and adaptive management). It has a strong and inclusive public participation process, which involved a wide-range of in-person and online strategies.
The plan's vision statement highlights six components: Safe, Livable Neighborhoods; Model Educational System; Vibrant Urban Center; Multi-Modal Transportation Hub; Green City; and Prosperous Economy. Eight comprehensive plan systems — Community Form, Economy, Social, Transportation, Natural Resources, Housing and Neighborhoods, Utilities and Infrastructure, and Institutions — encompass 35 topical strategy categories. Each goal contains linked references to related goals in other sections of the plan. The implementation section provides detailed narratives for next steps on each strategy listed in the plan, with lead agency, partnerships, and potential funding sources identified.
Albany's comprehensive plan addresses food systems issues in several of its elements, with the overarching goal of improving access to healthy foods for residents. The Community Health and Recreation goal area includes a strategy of increasing access to healthy food options with a range of associated actions (CHR-3). The Open Space goal area includes a strategy of supporting local food production with a range of associated actions (OS-3). The Neighborhood Services goal area includes a strategy of increasing access to healthy food options for all neighborhoods with a range of associated strategies (NS-7).
The city’s comprehensive plan includes policy recommendations addressing residential and nonresidential social service uses.
The Social Service subsection of the plan’s Sustainability Building Blocks chapter includes seven strategies, each with implementation actions, under the broad goal of improving the social wellbeing of citizens in need. These strategies address maintaining and expanding access to service (SS-1), encouraging coordinated promotion and access to services (SS-2), focusing on preparing low-income children for school (SS-3), considering social and environmental equity in all decisions (SS-4), fostering collaboration among similar organizations (SS-5), improving access to institutional facilities and services (SS-6), and improving and coordinating homelessness assistance programs (SS-7).
The Housing Diversity and Choice subsection of the plan’s Sustainability Building Blocks chapter includes one strategy, with associated implementation actions, related to homelessness under the broad goal of providing housing choice. This strategy addresses homelessness prevention, transition, and housing (HDC-10).
The city's Comprehensive Plan addresses renewable energy in a number of places. In the plan's introductory section, a plan system principle of increasing system resilience cites the strategy of renewable energy development to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels (p. 19).
For the topic of Economy, the plan includes a strategy of promoting and incentivizing "green jobs" (EMP-5 Strategy) with associated actions including creating pilot programs and job training materials for green skills such as renewable energy installation (Action a), streamlining permitting and other regulatory procedures for incorporating green improvements into development plans (Action e), and establishing a revolving loan fund for municipal and private energy-related improvements (Action g).
For the topic of Investment, an action for the strategy of making the city attractive to business development (INV-1 Strategy) is to develop a green technology park focusing on renewable energy production (Action i).
For the topic of Housing and Neighborhoods, an action for the strategy of promoting quality affordable housing through design or land use guidelines (HDC-8 Strategy) is to use renewable energy technologies into affordable housing projects to increase long-term affordability and reduce GHG emissions (Action b).
For the topic of Energy, the plan sets a goal of promoting energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable technology use to mitigate climate change (p. 157). Actions for the strategy of implementing city initiatives (EN-1 Strategy) include exploring renewable energy systems for city properties and facilities (Action c) and exploring the creation of a PACE program (Action d). Strategy EN-4 calls for incentivizing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in construction and rehab projects, with an associated action of developing municipal renewable energy pilots to educate the public (Action g).
Tool Type: Comprehensive Plan
Solar Practice: Supports Accessory Solar Energy Use
Type of Place: City
Population Density: 3,000-4,999/square mile
Region: Middle Atlantic
Population Range: 25K to 100K
Planning History and Theory
Planning Methods and Tools
Social Justice and Equity
Taxonomy Master Topics: Solar Energy Policy
Food Systems Policy
Human/Social Services Policy
Format: Knowledgebase Resource
Knowledgebase Resource Categories: Comprehensive Plan
Community Type: Suburban