Creating a Vision for Onondaga County

The Plan Onondaga County Comprehensive Plan is being developed – from the ground up – to define a vision and goals for community success that includes the shared needs, goals and challenges of each of our municipalities, and facilitates a pathway to implement positive growth and change. 


The planning process will focus on the importance of and linkages between community engagement, quality of life and economic development, and explore 5 thematic areas as a framework for community-based planning and impactful projects. 


Please explore our story and offer your ideas and input for our shared vision.

  • Involve our 34 towns and villages and the City of Syracuse
  • Build local relationships and advocacy for good planning
  • Improve equity and inclusivity in planning
  • Engage citizens in community change
  • Strengthen places and guide community change
  • Work to improve quality of life now, for everyone
  • Attract new growth by creating places of choice
  • Invest in community amenities and placemaking
  • Strategic investments in quality public infrastructure
  • Leverage our natural and community assets
  • Foster attractive communities to grow and invest
  • Create a structure around which localities can plan and
            grow in an orderly fashion

The following themes give structure and guidance to Plan On.

Click on each theme title below to access the related StoryMap. 

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Vibrant, walkable centers increase our quality of life and strengthen the economies of local communities.

To retain as well as attract future residents, housing within the county needs to be affordable, efficient, diverse, and attractive.

Enhancing access and options to move people throughout the county.

Providing unique opportunities for recreation, wildlife habitat, and ecological protection.

Supporting local agriculture is vital to the future success of Onondaga County's economy, landscape, and food system.






A word from the County Executive

Thank you for visiting the Plan Onondaga website.  Through Plan On, we are excited to explore our shared interest in making Onondaga County the best it can be.


The Plan Onondaga County Comprehensive Plan is our opportunity to not only envision the next generation of development and investment in our communities, but to DREAM BIG, and take on the challenge of creating a better Onondaga County for our families, neighbors and businesses. From our bustling villages and our growing urban core in the City of Syracuse, to our award-winning parks and vibrant farmland, Onondaga County truly has something for everyone.


As we plan the next chapter for Onondaga County, your participation will be vital. I encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas and tell others do the same. Together, we will continue to make Onondaga County a place we can all be proud to call home.

J. Ryan McMahon, II

County Executive

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Use our interactive StoryMap to explore the themes included in Plan Onondaga.

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