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What is a LWRP?

A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a planning document and implementation program prepared by a community located along a designated waterway. An LWRP follows a step by step process by which a community can advance community planning from a vision to implementation. Benefits of a LWRP include:

  • Provides clear direction for appropriate waterfront development

  • Increases opportunities to obtain public and private funding for future projects

  • Establishes long-term partnerships between multiple levels of government

  • Aligns local, state and federal actions


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The City of Syracuse Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a comprehensive approach to re-imagining the City’s waterfront. This process is a joint effort between the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to support natural resource protection, enhance waterfront access, improve multi-modal connectivity options, and provide economic revitalization opportunities. 

The preparation of a LWRP is approximately a 12 to 18 month process that will result in a planning document encompassing a community-driven vision for revitalization and specific project and policies to successfully realize key opportunities. The planning process includes the following key steps: 


  1. Developing an Inventory and Analysis of Key Existing Conditions within the Waterfront Revitalization Area (WRA) Boundary (see boundary map below)

  2. Identifying Policies and Programs to Support Waterfront Revitalization Goals

  3. Defining Local and Regional Projects to Enhance the WRA and support City and Regional Revitalization Goals

The Syracuse Waterfront Revitalization Area (WRA) is shown below. This area includes land along Onondaga Lake, Onondaga Creek and the Inner Harbor generally between I-690 and I-81. Key landmarks and destinations within the WRA include NBT Stadium, Destiny USA Mall, CNY Regional Market, Onondaga Creekwalk, Empire State Trail and Loop the Lake trails, and St. Joe’s Amphitheater. 

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