Report on the Town Planning –Rochester


The city of Rochester found in the United States America, was one of the 17 cities that were selected to receive smart cities challenge grant from the IBM in the year 2015 as part of the IBM’s citizenship efforts to build smarter cities globally. It has been agreed widely that the rate of house building in the United States of America especially the Rochester has been disappointing over several decades and this is one reason why the housing department has become unaffordable for many people who would like to buy a home. However, much has changed in the last 200 years. The Town’s population has just gone higher by double digits since the year 1969, and the practice of agriculture has paved the way to various businesses and occupations have gone higher over the years such as in the areas like the retailing, education, construction, healthcare, education and perhaps tourism. Farming, which has previously kept most of the land open and employed many, has changed considerably due to consolidation and specialization (Gandy, page 374).

Brief history of Rochester

Starting from the year 1981, the settlers from Netherlands, France, and England come to the Town of Rochester through the way of a Kingston (Willis, and Toyin, page 160). The city of Rochester average home value of $ 75,000 is slightly less than the average home value of a typical city of $ 100,000. Its property value per capita in the year 2014 was $27,500 and its average change in the property value within a span of four yeas was 0.7%. The unemployment rate in the city is about 10.5%, and its child incidence of poverty was found to be 42.4%. The city is governed by a mayor who looks up to every development that pertains the city.


Since any development depends on peaceful co-existence of the people around and the government together with other people from other nations. The local community will determine a lot in the elaboration of the city by allowing the local investors to builds structures like the banks, institutions that are the real boosters in the development of any city. The community should be able to preach peace and show some positive attitude that they are ready for the changes and they are supporting all process. The communities can push the local government or perhaps the mayor to assist the investors in the works that are going on. Moreover, the public can help in the housing development by effective participation in the government in the case that they are destroying other old facilities to create a new one that is efficient and modern. This means will automatically lead to the development of the Rochester city to the level that the people want it.

The city of Rochester will have to engage the stakeholders and the public partnership to assist in the improvement of the neighborhoods create healthy real estate markets and provide the array of the housing option to address the needs and demands of the various households.These all process or plan can be achieved through the following;

Promotion of redevelopment and construction of new housing

First, assembly of the appropriate vacant lands through the management of the inventories of the foreclosed properties, demolition of some portions of the existing housing stock and the strategic acquiring of lands to assist in the creation of development opportunities and an open space assets that can enhance the existing residential developments. Secondly, the development of the new housing that is able to address the market demands, the effort will be cultivated based on the outstanding features like the Lake Ontario, the significant historical landscape features that will assist in the beautification or the support of the project. Third, through the enhancement of the existing and creation of the new private and public financial products that automatically supports the housing developments such as the creation of banking institutions. Fourth, through the maintenance, historic preservation, and rehabilitation to promote the well –built and the various housing stocks, which will automatically offer various products than the one that, are available in other parts of the country. And lastly, by encouraging environmental sensitive rehabilitation, redevelopment, demolition and the new construction methods that will promote the development of the city and hence support the neighborhood commercial corridors.

Promote ownership of homes

This is done through assisting the homeowners retain their homes through the use of a variety of programs that predatory and unhealthy lending. Secondly, through the cultivation of the new homeowners, through the marketing, the training programs, encouraging the developments of the quality financial products and developing housing types that can lead to an inventory of the housing options to assist in addressing the market demands. These perhaps can be done by the public or society having the interest of acquiring homes (Muller, page 29-48).

The asset-based planning

This process is done through ensuring that the citizens-based planning is seen at the core of efforts in establishing a neighborhood visions and plans, advising the city through the local government and the citizens and then give a comprehensive feedback on the development projects that will put the city a note higher than where it was before (Freestone, page 256). Secondly, by conducting a data-based research and hence monitoring the outcome to assist in driving the decisions and the minds of the public on the public investments that are taking place in the garden town.

Promoting housing choice

First, supporting the housing program that offers housing programs, that can provide the housing opportunities to the members of the protected classes, low and moderate income households, the people with disabilities and perhaps a full range of the age groups including the youths. Secondly, developing a stable and a supportive housing that can meet the needs of the population in the city, and are in need of the supportive services such as home loans. Lastly, by encouraging the fair share of the housing that is outside the city (Thomas and Kahneman, page 106).


Energy accreditation

The Rochester city is currently purchasing electricity and the natural gas as a lone customer. It has a fixed price value contract for electricity and natural gas and operates as the regular customer for the natural gas needs in the city (Levy, page 67). The city should consider the idea of joining the county Energy Aggregation group since the pooled bulk purchase of the energy may offer a unit price advantage over a period. The procurement idea will assist the city in covering up the expense and therefore will encourage the development of the city.

The building systems

The city and the institutions each have their robust building maintenance operation which is budgeted and administered within the city’s development of the environmental services. The school district’s facilities are handled by the district service departments which span the education services like the transportation, food services, and the system maintenance.There are long term efficient opportunities through the standardization of the facilities in the city. Therefore the decisions on the building services should be made in the context of the overall strategy rather than the one that is based on the building –by-building options (Lubitow & Rochester, page 2637).

The board recommends that the city should pursue efficiencies such as consolidating the fleet maintenance and the energy efficiency. If the city agrees and abide by the above recommendation and implements them, the board will automatically give the grant to assist the city with application of the efficiency projects work. The particular structure and conditions of the grants would be developed in the consultation with the town and any other aspects of such subsidies ( SHAO and FU, page 14).


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