Policy Focus

The objective of the Rye Comprehensive Master Plan will be to answer the following key questions, which will be the organizing concepts of the Plan:

  1. What aspects of Rye should be protected and preserved?
  2. What aspects of Rye should change in order to grow in a manner consistent with the community’s vision?
  3. What community facilities and infrastructure need to be provided in order to accommodate Rye’s existing and future population?
  4. What specific actions need to be implemented to accomplish the above?

The policy focus of the plan is organized around this framework.


What should we preserve?


Natural and Coastal Resources

A discussion of key environmental resources and issues related to wetlands, water bodies and watersheds,
floodplains, stormwater management and conservation areas. Also includes a discussion on Rye’s coastal
landscape, including resiliency to climate change and storm impacts.

HIstoric and Cultural Resources

Assessment of Rye’s historical perspective and significant cultural and historic assets, including buildings of significant architectural or community interest.


How should we grow?

Central Business DisTrict and Office Areas

Focus on Rye’s primary mixed-use/retail area along Purchase Street and in the vicinity of the train station, as well as the concentration of commercial office uses around the I-95 Exit 19 interchange. This discussion will address the appropriate mix of uses in these areas, including potential adjustments to zoning to facilitate
appropriate uses, as well as ways to enhance their attractiveness and functionality

Economic Development

Discussion of local and regional economic trends and how they affect Rye’s employment, tax base and commuting patterns.


Analysis of the existing housing stock, housing demand, neighborhoods and
affordability issues. Discussion of the needs to promote housing that serves a wide range of Rye’s population, including seniors and young families.


What should we provide?

Community Facilities and Recreation

Discussion of municipal facilities, senior centers and schools. Also includes an analysis of open space and public and private recreation inventory and needs, including the necessity for both active and passive recreation and the potential for creation of pedestrian and bike trails.


A description of the existing State, regional and local road network and public transportation (train and bus), bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including recognition of significant planned improvements. Identification of potential strategies to promote non-vehicular transportation or public transit and to improve safety and
function of vehicular circulation. Analysis of parking inventory and needs, as well as strategies to address key issues.


A discussion of utilities (i.e. water, sewer, stormwater, solid waste and recycling) and identification of important issues and needs.


How can we implement CMP recommendations?

Future Land Use Plan

This chapter will contain a detailed Future Land Use Map that identifies future land use types and densities based on all of the recommendations contained in the Plan elements and identified during the public process and through meetings with City staff and the Steering Committee. The map will designate the types, location, connectivity and intensity of land uses, as well as appropriate zoning controls to achieve the Comprehensive Master Plan vision.

Implementation Matrix

It is critical that the City’s final published comprehensive plan include a summary of action items that should be undertaken in order to implement the plan’s policies. As part of the final Plan chapter, we will create an “implementation matrix” that outlines the policies and strategies contained in each of the plan chapters. We will populate this matrix with action items (broken out by short- medium and long-term) to be executed by the City; the agency responsible for each respective action item; order of magnitude cost and time estimates; and identification of any potential funding sources toward implementation.