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Great Seneca Plan: Connecting Life and Science


The heart of the Great Seneca plan area, the Life Sciences Center is a thriving economic hub, home to a diverse population, and host to growing medical and educational institutions. It is a leader not only in the region, but in the country for life sciences research and innovation. In the face of sluggish growth in other areas of the county, the life sciences industry has continued to drive more construction in the plan area for its growing employee base.

The 2010 Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan established a vision for the Life Sciences Center that included a first-class medical center, research facilities, academic institutions, and an array of services and amenities for residents, workers, and visitors. This big picture vision largely has and continues to be realized. However, the desired physical form of the area—the parks and open spaces, public realm connections, transit and transportation facilities—has not been realized.

The Great Seneca Plan is an update to the 2010 Plan. The Plan’s vision is to support a vibrant live/work community that is an economic power center for the county which includes high quality amenities that foster social, environmental, and physical health. The Great Seneca Plan seeks to fill in the missing pieces from the 2010 Plan—the pieces that knit communities and land uses together.

New! The planning team presents the high-level “big ideas” to the Planning Board on April 20, 2023. View the April 20 staff report.

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Last Updated: April 26, 2023