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LEED Sustainability Audit Report for the CIty of Ithaca, New York, July 8, 2013, prepared by Agora Group, NRDC, Criterion Planners

LEED Sustainability Audit Report for the CIty of Ithaca, New York, July 8, 2013, prepared by Agora Group, NRDC, Criterion Planners

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Planners' findings are presented following the format of the Comprehensive Plan outline, so that recommendations can be easily incorporated into the revised plan. Following each section narrative is a bulleted summary of strategies providing main points at a glance. Implementing these strategies will ensure the theme of sustainability is fully integrated throughout the Comprehensive Plan and a sustainable future for Ithaca is realized.

Of the many recommendations in this report, the consultant team strongly suggests focusing on
four priorities:
• Focus development near existing infrastructure, amenities, and transit.
• Establish land-use density minimums.
• Remove minimum off-street parking requirements.
• Provide incentives for LEED certification of privately owned buildings.
Planners' findings are presented following the format of the Comprehensive Plan outline, so that recommendations can be easily incorporated into the revised plan. Following each section narrative is a bulleted summary of strategies providing main points at a glance. Implementing these strategies will ensure the theme of sustainability is fully integrated throughout the Comprehensive Plan and a sustainable future for Ithaca is realized.

Of the many recommendations in this report, the consultant team strongly suggests focusing on
four priorities:
• Focus development near existing infrastructure, amenities, and transit.
• Establish land-use density minimums.
• Remove minimum off-street parking requirements.
• Provide incentives for LEED certification of privately owned buildings.

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LEED-ND Sustainability Audit of Ithaca NY
Preparedforthe
City of Ithaca
–July2013
by the
Agora Group
 with theNatural Resources Defense Council and Criterion Planners
 
LEED-ND Sustainability Audit of Ithaca NY
July 2013
Prepared for the
City of Ithaca, NY, Planning Division
by the
Agora GroupNatural Resources Defense CouncilCriterion Planners
 
Table of Contents
Introducon...................................................................................................................................1Using LEED-ND As A Sustainability Audit Tool................................................................................1Methodology..................................................................................................................................1Analycal Tools................................................................................................................................2Aordable Housing..........................................................................................................................2A Note About GIS.............................................................................................................................2Analysis by Comprehensive Plan Element.......................................................................................3A. LEED-ND Community Audit Checklist....................................................................................11B. Ithaca Comprehensive Plan Elements...................................................................................26C. LEED-ND Credit Sets Organized by Ithaca Comprehensive Plan Elements............................31D. Combined Checklists.............................................................................................................33E. Zoning Code Checklist............................................................................................................64F. Site Plan Review Ordinance Checklist....................................................................................91G. Stormwater and ESC Regulaons Checklist.........................................................................115H. Southwest Area Design Guidelines Checklist......................................................................139I. Subdivision Regulaons Checklist.........................................................................................161J. Transportaon Checklist.......................................................................................................183K. Energy Acon Plan Checklist...............................................................................................208L. Environmental Quality Review Checklist.............................................................................228M. Land Preservaon Ordinance Checklist..............................................................................250N. Capital Improvement Program............................................................................................271O. King County, WA, CIP Priorizaon Criteria........................................................................272P. GFOA Recommended Best Pracce for Integrang Sustainability in CIPs.............................273Vision....................................................................................................................................3Economic Vitality.........................................................................................................................3Community Livability...................................................................................................................5Mobility and Transportaon........................................................................................................6Sustainability and Natural Resources...........................................................................................7Public Investment........................................................................................................................8 Conclusion.......................................................................................................................................9Further Reading and Resources.......................................................................................................9References.....................................................................................................................................10Appendices....................................................................................................................................11

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