The Urban Design Plan outlines a vision for renewing downtown Jamestown, identifies the actions needed to accomplish the vision, and defines the roles and responsibilities of the institutions and people who can make it happen. The Plan recognizes that community revitalization requires the involvement of both public and private sector to be successful and helps to guide these sectors as to the role they may play in rejuvenating downtown Jamestown.
The Plan was put together through a year-long planning process that grew out of an extraordinary collaborative effort involving city government, business and community leaders, foundations, downtown businesses and city residents.
The vision outlined in the Plan recognizes what downtown Jamestown could be and what it should be to serve as the economic, social and environmental catalyst that the region needs. The Plan combines interrelated initiatives designed to be undertaken in phases over several years, capitalizing on efforts that have come to fruition over the past few years. The Plan creates a “blueprint” to carry the momentum begun through a twenty year sequence of steps and initiatives to revitalization.
The document contains two sections; the Urban Design Plan and Guidelines which are accompanied with an Executive Summary that highlights the important points of the entire document. The Plan section describes “what is needed” while the guideline section describes “how to get there”.
After it was adopted in 2006, the City of Jamestown received the 2007 Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association (APA New York Upstate Chapter). This award recognized the Urban Design Plan for its achievements in comprehensive planning for a community based plan.