The Civic Vision 2000 Downtown Plan and its companion Citywide Plan (below) were prepared by the City Planning Commission between 1985 and 1990 during the administration of Mayor George V. Voinovich. The Civic Vision initiative was a Public Private/Partnership led by project manager Robert F. Bann and Director Hunter Morrison and generously supported by the city's philanthropic and business communities. These two plans were adopted by the Commission in 1989 and have been updated several times since then. Together they have proven the test of time having guided public and private development decisions for over a generation. In the words of the Downtown Plan:
The Downtown Plan…is designed to serve as a guide to future land use and development decision-making. In this capacity, it specifies land use characteristics by type, scale, and intensity of development. It indicates the location of major proposed private and public facilities; it describes circulation, transportation, and parking facility improvements; and it provides design guidelines for selected areas of downtown.
The Civic Vision 2000 Downtown Plan superseded the City's 1959 Downtown Plan and the 1961 Erieview Urban Renewal Plan adopted in 1961.
In 1992 the American Planning Association selected Cleveland's Civic Vision 2000 Downtown Plan, along with its companion Citywide Plan, as the recipient of the nation's "Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning."
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The Civic Vision 2000 Citywide Plan, Cleveland's first land use and development-oriented comprehensive plan since the General Plan of 1949, was the first plan to address Cleveland's dramatic loss of population in the decades after World War II. In the words of the plan:
"Although it is clear that Cleveland in the year 2000 will be a smaller city than the Cleveland of 1950, it is also clear that a city's worth is measured not by its size but by the quality of life of its citizens. In the life cycle of cities, as in that of individuals, "maturity" offers opportunities for a better quality of life than may have been possible during the period of rapid growth."
Cleveland's Civic Vision 2000 Citywide Plan was prepared by the Cleveland City Planning Commission staff between 1985 and 1990 under the leadership of project manager Robert N. Brown and Director Hunter Morrison. The plan's policies and land use elements were adopted by the City Planning Commission on April 7, 1989.
In 1992 the American Planning Association selected Cleveland's Civic Vision 2000 Citywide Plan, along with its companion Downtown Plan, as the recipient of the nation's "Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning."
Download the Civic Vision 2000 Citywide Plan