Welcome! Below you’ll find information about the Department’s function and services, along with links to Town information and documents and other planning-related sites and resources.

Who We Are:   Susan Ritter, Director of Planning 

                                 Michael Smith, Senior Planner                          

                                 Daniel Tasman, Senior Planner

                                 Christine Balestra, Planner

                                 Sandy Polce, Senior Typist 

What We Do: The Planning Department provides technical planning services to Town residents and the various Boards and Committees of the Town.  Our primary functions include:

  • Updating and implementing the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and other long-range planning programs
  • Coordinating site plan, subdivision and environmental reviews
  • Assisting applicants through the appropriate review processes
  • Assisting the various Boards and the Committees of the Town through research, writing regulations and making recommendations
  • Conducting research on economic and demographic conditions in the Town
  • Maintaining a database on the Town’s population, land use, housing, environmental conditions,               community facilities, etc.
  • Assisting in the planning and design of the Town’s parks and trails 
  • Preparing grant applications under federal, state and other funding programs
  • Overseeing the preparation of special planning studies and reports

Where We Are Located: The Planning Department is located in the Town of Ithaca Town Hall,                  215 North Tioga Street, in downtown Ithaca, next to the Seneca Street parking garage.

How To Contact Us:  You may reach any member of the Department by calling 607-273-1747.  Individual phone extensions and email addresses are located on the staff contact page.  You may also click on a name in the “Who We Are” section above to send an email to a specific Planning staff member.

Where Can I Find:

 Codes and Plans?
 Popular Maps?
 2014 Comprehensive Plan Final    
 Transportation Plan
 Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan    
 Park, Recreation and Open Space Plan 
 Local Laws
 Scenic Resources Inventory



Helpful Resources?                                             Related Links?

Site Plan Process Brochure                                                                Tompkins County Planning Department

Subdivision Process Brochure                                                            City of Ithaca Planning Department           

Re-Zoning Process Brochure                                                              Village of Cayuga Heights

Planning Board Application Forms & Submittal Requirements              New York Planning Federation 

New SEQR Requirements                                                                   American Planning Association

                                                                                                       NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

                                                                                                       NYS Dept. of Transportation

                                                                                                       NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation