Master Plan Updates

There is a variety of plans that are intended to provide a vision and, well, a plan for how we want our City to develop and address challenges that specific neighborhoods face. All plans are the result of extensive outreach to a variety of stakeholders – City Agencies, developers and businesses, and of course the public.

Master Plan 
The State of Connecticut mandates that every ten years each community adopt its Master Plan as a blueprint for aspirations for growth, preservation, and sustainability.  In 2015 the Planning Board adopted the Master Plan for Stamford with the vision to: “create a livable built, economic, social and political environment.”   The new Master Plan directed that “the highest-intensity development and redevelopment should be focused in the Downtown, recognizing that it serves as both Stamford’s economic engine as the transportation hub of the region.” Finally, the Master Plan designated “areas adjacent to the Downtown should accommodate growth at a lesser intensity, while the character of Stamford’s neighborhoods will be supported and enhanced, but not significantly altered.”

Neighborhood Plans
Over the last 15 years, the City has undertaken a number of neighborhood plans that focus the spotlight on specific neighborhoods that have unique challenges that the City has designated as needing more detailed data to deal with these issues.  Specifically, the City has studied the South End, West Side, the South End, Downtown, Glenbrook/Springdale neighborhoods.

Park Plans
Parks and Open Space provide important recreational, cultural, athletic and environmental resources and enhance the quality of life for all Stamford residents. The Land Use Bureau works on a number of parks projects to further improve our City’s Parks.

Transportation Plans
Until 2012, transportation planning had been a function of the Land Use Bureau and was responsible for providing transportation planning expertise in managing a number of large-scale studies, e.g., the 2010 Stamford Transportation Plan Study.  In 2015, the City created the Transportation, Traffic and Parking Bureau, which has been responsible for a number of transportation studies, e.g., the Bicycle Master Plan, and Bus Shuttle Study.  In addition, the LUB coordinates with the Mill River Collaborative to ensure that the bicycle/pedestrian trail is being developed to City standards.