Comprehensive Plan

FAQs

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Why is the City of Mount Vernon creating a comprehensive plan? 

The last time Mount Vernon adopted a comprehensive plan was 1968, so having an updated plan is long overdue. A comprehensive plan is important because it will help Mount Vernon define its identify and create a shared vision for how it wants to evolve over time in a way that meets the needs and desires of residents and stakeholders, while considering future community members. Creating a comprehensive plan allows Mount Vernon to take a proactive and holistic approach to investing in a city everyone can be proud of.  

What is a comprehensive plan? 

A comprehensive plan seeks to create a long-term blueprint for the community, by the community. Through a series of neighborhood conversations citywide, we will reflect on Mount Vernon’s history, its strengths and challenges, and co-create priorities for housing, land use, economic development, transit, health, sustainability, and more. 

Why should I get involved? 

Creating a plan for the future of Mount Vernon will only be successful if YOU are involved! Residents, businesses, local organizations and institutions, young people, elders, and everyone else is encouraged to participate in the planning process. Those who live and work in Mount Vernon are critical to this process because you are best positioned to identify the City’s strengths and assets, its issues and challenges, and to develop solutions that will shape Mount Vernon’s future. We will be designing a variety of workshops, meetings, surveys, and other activities to reach and engage as many people as possible.  

When will the comprehensive planning process begin? 

The planning process is anticipated to kick off this Fall. The process will be conducted in two phases – the first phase will focus on the City’s downtown, and the second phase will cover the rest of the city. Community members and local stakeholders will be engaged throughout the entire process, which is expected to take about two years to complete.  

How do I learn more? 

For more information, reach out to the Department of Planning and Community Development at: 914-840-4029, and look out for announcements and updates coming soon via this page.