Planning & Development Board

Meetings
Regular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agenda | View Available Minutes

Overview & Duties
The Planning & Development Board has the following responsibilities and authorities:

  • Receiving and acting upon subdivision and site plan review requests.
  • Making reports to the Board of Zoning Appeals, if it so chooses, concerning the granting of variances and special permits.
  • Advising the Common Council regarding the preparation and revision of the city ordinances related to planning, zoning, site plan review, signs, mobile home parks, subdivisions, historic landmarks and/or districts, land use and related subjects properly within its jurisdiction.
  • Reviewing major capital proposals and the siting of major public improvements serving the city for compliance with the comprehensive plan of the city and reporting thereon.
  • Initiating, preparing, adopting, and amending a comprehensive plan for the city for subsequent adoption by the Common Council, with staff service provided by the Director of Planning and Development.
  • Making recommendations to the Common Council and the Board of Public Works concerning the sale, purchase, or use of city lands and buildings.
  • Advising and assisting in making relevant neighborhood and functional area studies, including but not limited to economic development, transportation, recreation, housing, delivery of human services and environmental systems throughout the city.
  • Making recommendations concerning the annual work program for the Department of Planning and Development for subsequent adoption by the Common Council.
  • Making recommendations to the Director of Planning and Development concerning the organization, budget and internal operations of the Department of Planning and Development.
More information about the Planning & Development Board

Members
  • Garrick Blalock, Chair
    Term expires: December 31, 2016
  • Robert Aaron Lewis
    Term expires: December 31, 2015
  • Mark Darling, Board of Public Works Liaison
    Term expires: December 31, 2016
  •  Jack Elliott
    Term expires: December 31, 2016
  • John Schroeder
    Term expires:  December 31, 2017
  • Mackenzie Jones-Rounds 
    Term expires: December 31, 2017
  • Matthew F. Johnston
    Term expires: December 31, 2018
  • Ex-Officio Members: Mayor, City Engineer, Planning & Development Director