The recent coming together of ordinary citizens from West Utica and East Utica to debate the location of a Stewart's Shop is both a symptom of the Utica Master Plan's unfinished nature and a demonstration of what is needed to complete the job. The Master Plan should have already informed prospective developers of what is wanted or not wanted in each neighborhood. The citizens' meeting demonstrates that the public still needs and desires to be engaged with planning on a site-specific level.
The Master Plan calls for a Citizens' Committee that as yet does not exist. There is now this group of citizens ready willing and able to get involved. Give them maps . . . give them some professional guidance (like that in the recent Rust-to-Green planning meetings for Genesee Street), and have them map their vision for their neighborhoods.
The Utica Master Plan needs a Proposed Land Use Map for each neighborhood.