On Monday, April 2, the City of Albany Common Council unanimously adopted the City's first comprehensive plan in its 400-year history. WRT was the lead consultant for the groundbreaking plan that features a "systems" approach to sustainable planning. The systems approach in the Albany 2030 Plan recommends 27 implementation projects incorporating key strategies that will have the greatest amount of impact on the vision for the City by creating synergies between interrelated components such as urban design, transportation, education, green infrastructure, and economic development.
The Albany 2030 planning process is highlighted by extensive and innovative public engagement featuring a diverse collection of digital tools, grass-roots direct address methods, and creative promotion that reached a representative sample of the City of Albany population.
The city has already started the implementation process by incorporating the Albany 2030 recommendations into grant funding requests, special initiatives, and daily operations. In addition, the American Planning Association has featured Albany 2030 as a national best practice for sustainable comprehensive planning in its recent PAS publication, Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (PAS 567).