TULSA, OK --- Citizens can now view the city's Downtown Area Master Plan on the City of Tulsa web site.

The Downtown Area Master Plan is a small area plan for the downtown area of Tulsa. Work on this master plan began after the approval of Vision 2025 projects which placed emphasis on revitalizing the downtown area, according to a new release from the City of Tulsa.

The plan is based on previous master plans, district plans and other studies, as well as emerging private and public development and redevelopment in the Central Business District area and nearby neighborhoods.

"The Plan will connect Vision 2025 initiatives to existing and planned development," said Stephen D. Carr, Senior Planner and Project Coordinator for the City of Tulsa.

"It will do this by recommending infill projects that will leverage new public-private and private investments to the best possible advantage."

According to Carr, the three major targets of the plan are to:

  • Revitalize the downtown area;
  • Connect downtown to the Tulsa River Parks system;
  • Initiate Rail Transit extending outward from downtown to the beginnings of future corridors serving the city and the region.

A major focus of the Plan is to create initiatives that will attract a population that will inhabit downtown between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. as well as weekends.

The Downtown Area Master Plan was created in conjunction with the on-going PLANiTULSA process. More than 2,500 people have participated in or reviewed plan recommendations, and more than 100 groups and organizations have witnessed programs or presentations about the plan.

Jack Crowley, Special Adviser to Mayor Kathy Taylor on Urban Planning, served as principal author for the project. He was assisted by Carr and Susan Neal, Director of the Community Development and Education Division.