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Legislature Adopts 2015 Comprehensive Plan

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Tompkins County Legislature adopted the 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan, representing the first full update of the Plan since it was first adopted by the Legislature eleven years ago.

The Plan was adopted by an 8-2 vote, with Legislators Mike Sigler and Dave McKenna voting no, and Legislators Glenn Morey, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Kathy Luz Herrera, and Jim Dennis excused.

The Plan, as described to Legislators by Planning Commissioner Ed Marx last month, presents a vision for the future of the community based on a set of principles that reflect community values as expressed by the County Legislature.  Overarching principles addressing Sustainability, Regional Cooperation, and Fiscal Responsibility, are reflected throughout the Plan, with topical principles also included related to the economy, housing, and transportation; the environment; climate change; and neighborhoods and communities.  The Plan addresses climate adaptation for the first time, as well as healthy communities.  It includes 28 recommended action items for County government to initiate within two years.

Explaining his opposition before the vote, Legislator Sigler said, that while he appreciates the Planning Department’s hard work on the Plan, from feedback he’s received from his constituents in Lansing, he can’t support adoption since he feels that it is too focused on the City, especially in the area of infrastructure such as natural gas, with areas that don’t have the infrastructure yet bearing the brunt of its provisions.

Legislature Chair Mike Lane thanked everyone involved in preparing the new Comprehensive Plan, especially the Planning Department which carried forth the update and solicited public input over a two-year period, with a result that he said serves the County well.

The Plan is available for review on the County website at