Plans and Projects

Downtown Crossing
The City of New Haven's Downtown Crossing Project is an infrastructure project which will transform the portion of Route 34 in New Haven from expressway into urban boulevards designed for pedestrian and bicycle use, as well as low-speed motor vehicle traffic. The project will make it safer and easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy our City and provide new opportunities for economic development.

Commercial Corridor Zoning
The City of New Haven is undertaking a rezoning of major commercial corridors in New Haven, including Grand Avenue, Whalley Avenue, and Dixwell Avenue. Working with the community, this effort aims to identify zoning revisions and associated strategies to make these vital corridors more vibrant and livable and improve walkable connections between neighborhoods and downtown.

Long Wharf Responsible Growth Plan & Coastal Resiliency
After over a year of analysis, planning, and community outreach, the City of New Haven will soon release the Long Wharf Responsible Growth Plan, aiming to support the social and economic development of the Long Wharf District through strategic focus on coastal resiliency, progressive economic strategies and community engagement.

Farmington Canal Greenway
The City will soon begin construction on the final phase of the Farmington Canal Trail project. The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail stretches approximately 84 miles from Northampton, MA to New Haven, CT. Upon completion it will lead all the way to Long Wharf pier, giving people the ability to bike, walk, or run through the heart of the city.

Mill River Trail
The City of New Haven is collaborating with neighbors and volunteers with the construction of the Mill River Trail. The trail, now in Phase 1 implementation, will connect East Rock Park to the New Haven Harbor, providing alternative transportation opportunities and improving public access to the waterfront. Native plantings and riverbank biostabilization will improve resilience and restore habitat.

202 Census 
As the 2020 Census approaches, local agencies, organizations, and leaders must work together to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the census. The City is collaborating with the community on these important outreach efforts to ensure a complete count.

Mill River Municipal Development Plan
The Mill River District is home to businesses engaged in diverse commercial and industrial enterprises. The closure of several plants has left a number of prime sites available for redevelopment. The revised Municipal Development Plan (MDP) will include site recommendations, new regulatory tools, and infrastructure improvements that incentivize the continued revitalization of an industrial mixed-use district, retaining existing businesses and attracting new investment over time.

Canal Dock Boathouse
Completed in 2018, the Canal Dock Boathouse helps restore New Haven’s connection to the waterfront and fills a need for a community recreation center on New Haven’s harbor. The Boathouse provides a waterfront promenade, boat storage, transient slips, and a handicap accessible ramp for canoes and kayaks, as well as a gathering place in a diverse and urban context unparalleled in Connecticut.

Hill to Downtown Plan
The Hill-to-Downtown Community Plan is the result of a 12-month collaborative effort between the City of New Haven and community stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities facing this key district. The plan envisions remaking the district into a vibrant, walkable, and mixed-use neighborhood by expanding the existing medical district, promoting infrastructure investments, and improving the street network.

Union Station
Union Station is an important asset for New Haven, not only as a transportation hub, but also as a welcome center and economic catalyst. The State of Connecticut and City of New Haven and State are collaborating on a comprehensive transit-oriented development program, as well as on the "Moving Union Station Forward" plan, which calls for renovating the historic building, introducing a Connecticut-brand retail platform, and adding passenger amenities and new parking

Plans, Resources, and Reports

2015 Comprehensive Plan
New Haven Vision 2025 is the city's ten-year update to the 2003 Comprehensive Plan. It is a blue print of the city's vision for the future, and a policy guide for achieving the city's planning goals. It serves as a decision-making guide for residents and elected and appointed local government officials in matters relating to land use, public investments, and capital improvement programs.

Greenways & Cycling Systems
In recent years, the City of New Haven has developed many miles of bike lanes and cycle tracks. See our Greenways & Cycling Systems page for maps, resources, and updates related to greenways and cycling systems in New Haven.

Climate & Sustainability Framework
New Haven's Climate and Sustainability Framework grew out of a community effort to address climate change and sustainability in New Haven in a meaningful and impactful way. The framework outlines goals and actions to make New Haven into a low-carbon and resilient economy. To achieve the framework’s ambitious goals, all of the New Haven community—government, businesses, institutions, non-profits, community organizations, and neighbors—will need to work together to affect real change.

Hazard Mitigation Plan
New Haven’s first ever Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) was formally adopted by the City and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on October 4, 2005. New Haven's second update to the five year Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by FEMA and formally adopted by the City in April 2017. This plan update is relevant not only in emergency management situations, but is also relevant in community's land use, environmental, and capital improvement frameworks.

Hartford-Springfield Railway Service
This joint venture between Connecticut and Massachusetts establishes new commuter rail service between New Haven and Springfield, with New Haven as the southern terminus of the line. The newly launched service, called the CTrail Hartford Line connects with existing Metro-North commuter rail, Shore Line East and Amtrak Acela high-speed rail services on the New Haven Line to New York and on the Northeast Corridor to New London and Boston.

Coastal Program
In June 2006, the City Plan Commission adopted a new Coastal Program. Pursuant to the Connecticut Coastal Area Management Act, the program forms the basis of the City Plan Commission's coastal site plan review findings and is an essential part of our review of zoning applications, coastal land use decisions and public investment priorities.

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