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Ithaca seeks public feedback on downtown plan

In a push to shape the future of downtown Ithaca, city officials and the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) have released the Downtown Plan Draft Recommendations for public input. Residents, workers, and visitors of Ithaca are encouraged to participate in a brief survey, which concludes with an option for more in-depth feedback. This initiative is part of the city’s comprehensive planning efforts aimed at fostering a sustainable, inclusive, and economically vibrant downtown area.


Throughout the planning process, themes such as livability, connectivity, and creativity have been identified as focal points. The public’s feedback is sought to refine these concepts, ensuring the plan accurately reflects community priorities and needs. This feedback will be instrumental in preparing the document for adoption by the Common Council in the upcoming summer.

Engagement opportunities include an open house at the Tompkins County Public Library on May 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., designed to be an indoor-outdoor, family-friendly event. City staff and the DIA will also be visible around town and online to gather community input. Senior Planner Yamila Fournier invites anyone interested to reach out for more information, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in the plan’s success.