Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is a guiding document that helps a City plan for future change. A Comprehensive Plan outlines goals and aspirations of the community and is used to leverage positive and effective change in community development. A Comprehensive Plan is used by decision-makers to establish policies regarding physical development and other aspects of future change, such as zoning, economic stability, transportation and sustainability. Comprehensive Plans are general, long-range and based on public input.
What is Albany 2030: Your City, Your Future?
Albany 2030: Your City, Your Future refers to a detailed framework to guide public outreach. The Albany 2030 process was designed to engage all members of the Albany community and regional partners in developing a vision for the City's future. To achieve broad and meaningful community engagement, the City utilized various techniques to capture the public's attention and solicit ideas... (model outreach activities, technological and social media opportunities (mobile, twitter, facebook) and promotional signage). Branding the Comprehensive Plan was an important undertaking to promote the Comprehensive Plan process. The Albany 2030 logo and upbeat message continues to connect City initiatives and leverage effective support as we move forward under the adopted Comprehensive Plan.
Why do we need a Comprehensive Plan?
Albany 2030 is the City's first ever comprehensive plan. Albany needs a comprehensive plan to help City policy-makers, departments and residents make decisions on a day-to-day basis that will match the interests and goals of the community and create a prosperous and sustainable future for the City. Albany 2030 provides the overall framework to ensure that all exisitng and future plans (neighborhood plans, studies, sustainable reports), programs, and investments are aligned to support a common direction for Albany's future.
Who is involved in Albany 2030?
The initiation of Albany 2030 began under the direction of the City's Department of Development and Planning. Together with a team of experienced consultants and a newly created Comprehensive Plan Board, they began an extensive campaign to solicit public input. Over a two-year period, the City collected and analyzed public input on existing issues and the community's aspiration for the City's short- and long-term future. Thank you, to all of the residents, department leaders, local and regional stakeholders and other interested parties, whose involvement created Albany 2030.
Why should I participate?
If you live, work, or play in the City of Albany, or the surrounding area, the Comprehensive Plan WILL affect you, so it is vital that you participate. We are asking for your local knowledge, insight, values and vision for the future. A Comprehensive Plan should be based upon the values, needs, and goals of the people that will be affected by it. The plan will provide guidance for future decisions that will shape the City--make sure your voice is heard!