Albany Comprehensive Plan RFQ; City of Albany, New York; Submittal Deadline: September 12, 2008

Albany Comprehensive Plan RFQ; City of Albany, New York; Submittal Deadline: September 12, 2008

City of Albany, Department of Development and Planning

Project Overview
The goal of the Comprehensive Plan is to provide a document that will create a community-wide vision, guide the growth, development and redevelopment of the community, improve the stability, physical condition and economic well being of the City, and make Albany a more livable and sustainable community of choice. Based on this goal, the Comprehensive Plan Board – a diverse group of stakeholders – in consultation with the City's Department of Development and Planning will work with the chosen consultant to help guide the development of the plan.

The following is a list of Comprehensive Plan elements that will form the foundation of the Plan. The consultant may suggest additional elements as part of the RFQ response. The consultant shall take primary responsibility for completion of the plan elements, while providing a secondary support and assistance role to City Planning Staff on specific tasks as further detailed below.
Potential Components

• Community Profile and Demographics
• Sustainability and the Environment
• Built Environment and Urban Design
• Economic Development and Jobs
• Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement
• Housing
• Transportation and Mobility
• Culture, Art and Historic Resources
• Community Services, Facilities, and Institutions
• Public Safety
Land Use
• Environmental Justice
• Parks and Open Space
• Infrastructure
• Waterfront
• Goals, Recommendations, and Strategies
• Implementation and Update Plan
The City is also currently working towards the development of plans that complement the proposed comprehensive plan and should, therefore, be considered as potential supplemental plan elements. These plans are:

• Climate Action and Adaptation Plan
• Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan Update
• Bicycle Master Plan

Additional desired consultant skills and experience include:

? Experience with the principles of new urbanism, the revitalization of older, urban areas, pattern books, form-based codes, green building and infrastructure, and sustainability.
? Experience utilizing creative methods to generate public interest and involvement from diverse constituents in the comprehensive planning process.
? Experience engaging regional stakeholders in a local planning process.
? Experience with National Charrette Institute Charrettes and Dynamic Planning

The complete RFQ can be found at

Please direct any questions regarding this RFQ to:
Douglas Melnick
Director of Planning
Department of Development and Planning
21 Lodge Street
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 434-2532 x15
[email protected]

Posted August 8, 2008

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