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Community Development Department to host public celebration and ribbon-cutting on July 10
To celebrate the launch of the City of Rochester’s new Community Development Department, a ribbon-cutting and brief community presentation will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. in the City Hall Atrium.
The department’s official date of inception was July 1, 2019 when planning and zoning operations within the Rochester city limits were transferred from the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department to the City of Rochester’s Community Development Department.
While the primary changes have taken place in the areas of planning and zoning, Community Development plays a vital role in shaping the future of urban development of the city and also supports efforts related to urban design; heritage preservation; sustainability; small area design; neighborhood planning; and arts and culture.
In alignment with City Council priorities, Community Development employs a collaborative, multi-faceted approach to managing and driving physical development within the City of Rochester. Its mission is to enrich our community’s future by fostering creative and innovative strategies to cultivate sustainable economic growth, build and preserve healthy neighborhoods, enhance our natural environment, and nurture arts and cultural opportunities.
The public celebration on July 10 will include a brief presentation by city leaders and community partners at 9:00 a.m., followed by a ribbon-cutting and light refreshments. Poster boards with information about the department’s focus areas are being displayed in the City Hall Atrium through July 10.
The public is encouraged to stop by during or prior to the event to learn more about the department or speak directly with staff.