Neighborhood Planning

Albany 2030

"...Every neighborhood in Albany is a desirable place to live because of its walkable streets, historic architecture, range of housing choices, mixed-use neighborhood centers, quality schools, parks and recreation facilities, and easy access to Downtown Albany and other job centers."

Albany’s neighborhoods play a key role in the City’s quality of life and the preservation of historic and cultural resources, residential, commercial and mixed-use development, and the overall economic well-being of the City.

From energy to revitalization programs, the Department of Development and Planning receives national attention for their innovative and comprehensive public outreach efforts and community assistance that help make Albany’s neighborhoods desirable and sustainable.

Albany consists of 30 neighborhood associations, 16 locally designated historic districts, over 100 park and recreational spaces, and a variety of public services and housing and community resources designed for the diversity of residents, commercial industries and City partners.

In April 2012, the City of Albany adopted its first Comprehensive Plan, Albany 2030, which outlines the City’s vision and guides decision making for community improvements based on the needs of residents, businesses and stakeholders while maintaining and elevating the City’s character, quality of life, and environmental and fiscal health.

While Albany 2030 is the City’s first comprehensive plan, the City has un­dertaken and implemented numerous neighborhood and topical planning initiatives. The Albany 2030 plan draws themes and recommendations from these plans into a broader citywide context. The City’s previous plans have been reviewed and incorporated into the goals, actions, strategies and proj­ects listed throughout the Albany 2030 Plan.

Contact Information

Chris Spencer
Planning Director

Department of Development & Planning
200 Henry Johnson Blvd
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 434-5265
Fax: (518) 434-5294
General Email:

Office Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday