Binghamton's comprehensive plan, first since 2003, approved

By Julianne Peixoto

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city's new comprehensive plan was approved by a unanimous vote at the City Council meeting Wednesday night.

The vote for Blueprint Binghamton was originally postponed on July 9 after Councilman Bill Berg said he had reservations about approving it.

"I didn't wanna' rush things cause there's no need to rush," said Berg.

The plan will serve as an outline, or blueprint, for how the city will operate -- mostly in terms of development, zoning and building -- in the coming years.

Councilwoman Lea Webb said most municipalities update their city's plan every five to six years; Binghamton hasn't updated their plan since 2003.

"We're way overdue for updating our comprehensive plan for a number of reasons," said Webb. "We've had a lot of challenges that were kind of out of our control in terms of natural disasters."

The next step for the Blueprint will be either approval or veto by Mayor Rich David.

Councilwoman Webb said she's confident the plan will be approved by the mayor, since they have been working together on the Blueprint since day one.