The City of Rye is undertaking the first Comprehensive Master Plan update since 1985. The goal of the plan is to create a strategic vision for the City’s future and prioritize actions and strategies to implement that vision. The updated Plan will seek to address what aspects of Rye should be protected and preserved, what aspects should change in order to grow in a manner consistent with the community’s vision, and what community services and infrastructure needs to be provided to support Rye’s current and future population. Rye has contracted with a consultant team led by New York City-based BFJ Planning, a firm with experience in comprehensive planning throughout Westchester County and with strong local knowledge of Rye.
The Comprehensive Master Plan will cover a broad array of topics, including the City’s place within the region; socioeconomic trends; sustainability initiatives; natural and coastal resources; historic and cultural resources; business and commercial areas; housing; community facilities; parks and open space; transportation; infrastructure; and flood control. The Plan will conclude with a map illustrating desired future development patterns in Rye and a series of strategies to implement the document’s recommendations.
The approximately year-long Comprehensive Master Plan update process will be guided by a Task Force of representatives from City government and staff, boards and commissions and the community at-large. The Task Force began its public meetings in June and will continue to meet monthly throughout the process. The project will incorporate a robust outreach process to identify and understand the vision for the future preservation and development in Rye. This process includes three public workshops, an online survey and a series of focus groups with key stakeholders. “It’s an exciting opportunity for the community to have engaged conversations about the future of the City,” said Rye City Planner, Christian Miller. He added that “the consultant and task force are promoting different strategies to get a wide array of interest groups to participate in the process.”
The first public workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Rye City Hall, located at 1051 Boston Post Road. The City strongly urges Rye residents, property owners, business owners or any other interested parties to come to the workshop and share ideas about issues facing the City and opportunities to make it an even better place. A second workshop is anticipated to be held in December, and the final workshop in January or February 2018.
Please visit www.ryeplan.com for more information on these workshops and the Comprehensive Master Plan update process.