Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is best described as a guide to the City’s future. The Comprehensive Plan will inform current and future decision makers where we are now, where we want to go, how we intend to get there, and who will help us along the way.
Why does the City of Cincinnati need a Comprehensive Plan?
The City needs a Comprehensive Plan because Cincinnati is growing and changing. There are currently a number of large projects underway that will impact the City of Cincinnati. A long-range Plan will help us understand how each of these projects is connected.
The City of Cincinnati’s Comprehensive Plan will also incorporate the recommendations and the vast work already completed in other plans and studies such as GO Cincinnati, Agenda 360, and COMPASS, as well as recommendations from other City documents such as the View Corridor Study and Park Board Centennial Master Plan, to develop prioritized recommendations necessary for the preparation of City Council budgets.
Does the City currently have a Comprehensive Plan?
Our current Plan, The Coordinated City Plan of 1980, is almost 30 years old. Both our City and the world have changed dramatically since 1980.
When did Cincinnati first complete a Comprehensive Plan?
Cincinnati holds a prestigious position in the history of Planning in our nation. In 1925, Cincinnati was the first city in the United States to have a comprehensive plan approved by City Council. Since that time, the Plan has only been updated twice – in 1948 and in 1980.
What are the elements of the Comprehensive Plan?
The City of Cincinnati’s Comprehensive Plan will contain recommendations for each of the following areas:
What is the process of the Comprehensive Plan?
The Department of City Planning and Buildings envisions a process that engages people from all parts of our Cincinnati community – from residents and property owners to representatives of our largest corporations and institutions.
Typically, a Comprehensive Planning process would follow a standard format:
How Do We Fund the Comprehensive Plan?
To prepare a Comprehensive Plan that has sufficient public input, departmental participation, assistance from outside experts, and initial implementation funding, a significant investment is required.
How Do I Get Involved?