Frequently Asked Questions


Q1. What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is an official, long range planning document that provides policy guidance for future growth, development, land use, infrastructure, and services. According to New York State’s zoning enabling statutes, zoning laws must be adopted in accordance with a “well considered plan” or a “comprehensive plan.” “The comprehensive plan results from an extensive public planning process that establishes the official land use policy of a community and presents goals and a vision for the future that guides official decision making. The comprehensive plan invariably includes a thorough analysis of current data showing land development trends and issues, community resources, and public needs for transportation, recreation, and housing. Zoning is merely one method—albeit an important one—for implementing the goals of the plan. Having a comprehensive or well-considered plan ensures that forethought and planning precede zoning and zoning amendments” (Zoning and the Comprehensive Plan, James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series, Revised 2015).

Q2. Why is the City updating its CMP?

The benefits of adopting a comprehensive plan are to:

  • Provide a process for identifying community resources, long range community needs, and commonly held goals.
  • Provide a process for developing community consensus.
  • Provide a blueprint for future government actions.

The last time Rye updating its comprehensive plan was in 1985. Although some conditions and land use planning goals may still be the same, this is also a good time to make sure that the CMP recommendations are based on current local and regional trends, are responsive to changing economic and demographic data, and are inclusive of emerging planning goals, such as incorporating principles of sustainability and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Q3. How will the City use the CMP once it is adopted?

The CMP is used as a guide for making official decisions regarding growth and development. Specifically, the Plan will be used to provide concrete goals and action plans to ensure strategic growth and the preservation of the city’s character, while improving quality of life for all. The Rye CMP will provide guidance to elected officials, City staff, developers, neighborhood groups and other community stakeholders to ensure progress toward a common vision. The City will consult the plan when:

  • A developer proposes to build a new building;
  • Conducting City-led community development such as buying and selling land or building on a vacant lot;
  • Rebuilding a street, constructing a bikeway, or planning a transit project;
  • Designing programs and strategies for housing and employment.

Q4. How can I get involved?

Members of the community are encouraged to participate in the CMP update process. In fact, public input is absolutely critical to a successful planning process. The planning team and city staff need to hear from the public to ensure that the CMP update is reflective of a shared vision for Rye’s future. The process will include public workshops, stakeholder focus group meetings, pop-ups at community events, meetings with the Master Plan Task Force, and a public survey. Read more about upcoming events and summaries and past events here.

Q5. Who is involved in the planning process?

  • Rye City Council
  • Master Plan Task Force
  • Local residents, business owners, and property owners.
  • City Staff
  • BFJ Planning
  • Urbanomics
  • Stantec

Q6. Who is on the Master Plan Task Force?

  • Joseph A. Sack
  • Nick Everett
  • Laura Brett
  • Andy Ball
  • Julie Killian
  • Terry McCartney
  • Katy Glassberg
  • Scott Beechert
  • Margaret Ricketts
  • Kevin Grainger
  • Christine Siller
  • Brian Dempsey