Guidebooks for Cattaraugus County

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Series of Guidebooks for Cattaraugus County

Cattaraugus County has published a series of guidebooks called the Smart Development for Quality Communities Series. This series is designed especially for Cattaraugus County and its 47 municipalities. These guidebooks are advisory only, and show us how to create a new and better future in a developer-friendly and environmentally safe manner.

Each guidebook in this series offers new pathways into the future, presenting new knowledge for stakeholders in Cattaraugus County, by promoting our villages, cities and other areas that already have infrastructure, and by protecting our greenways and rural open spaces. These guidebooks are growth-inducing, community friendly, and environmentally safe.

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Elements of a Countywide Vision - Guidebook Volume 1

Volume 1: A Planning Guidebook for Cattaraugus County – Elements of A Countywide Vision (Smart Development for Quality Communities Series, Cattaraugus County, New York, June 2001).

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The Saratoga Associates and Cattaraugus County collaborated in the preparation of this comprehensive planning guidebook, which presents a new vision for Cattaraugus County in the 21st Century, as a new foundation for comprehensive planning. It includes topics from traditional planning methodologies, and new topics (e.g., cumulative effects). Six focus groups were held across the county to develop a consensus on community values and priorities, based on participant’s comments, and based on previous work that produced a countywide vision framework, findings from in-depth studies on special topics, and visual preferences among a cross-section of community leaders.

This guidebook is the cornerstone of any future Comprehensive Planning for Cattaraugus County. This guidebook, along with Volume 2, was adopted (as a set) by the Cattaraugus County Legislature on May 26, 2004 as the initial components of a new Comprehensive Plan for the 21st Century. These two guidebooks (as a set) received the New York State Governor’s Quality Communities Award For Excellence in October 2002.

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A Design Guidebook for Towns and Villages - Guidebook Volume 2

Volume 2: A Design Guidebook for Towns and Villages in Cattaraugus County (Smart Development for Quality Communities Series, Cattaraugus County, New York, April 2001).

Randall Arendt and Cattaraugus County collaborated in the production of this design guidebook, with assistance from the Natural Lands Trust of Pennsylvania. It includes numerous design concepts and techniques that, when used, allows growth and conserves open space at the same time.

Randall Arendt is a nationally recognized consulting expert in the field of rural design and planning. The ideas and techniques that Randall Arendt presents can be applied to residential, commercial and light industrial land uses for Cattaraugus County and its 47 municipalities. This guidebook includes findings from a visual preference survey,  and presents demonstration projects on specific sites for two rural villages (Franklinville and Little Valley, New York).  These demonstration projects are meant to serve as local models, and to suggest creative, new ideas to community officials and citizens. This guidebook, along with Volume 1, was adopted (as a set) by the Cattaraugus County Legislature on May 26, 2004 as the initial components of a new Comprehensive Plan for the 21st Century. These two guidebooks (as a set) received the New York State Governor’s Quality Communities Award For Excellence in October 2002. This Design Guidebook won the “2002 Livable Community Award” from a regional group of retired people called partners for A Livable Western new York for urging better education and designs for the county and its 47 municipalities.

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Saving Our Villages - Volume 3

Volume 3: Saving Our Villages - A Revitalization Guidebook for Cattaraugus County's Villages (Smart Development for Quality Communities Series, Cattaraugus County, New York, December 2004).

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This new guidebook, Saving Our Villages, presents the results of our visioning work with our municipalities and county consultants, Randall Arendt and Richard Swist. It gives a new priority to villages as we begin our journey into the 21st Century. This guidebook shows how our villages once thrived, began to change, and are coming back in a process of community renewal. It is our hope that this guidebook will become a valuable reference for ideas on renewing villages and for motivating stakeholders to support village renewal. Our work has included giving training and technical assistance to community leaders and developing a county-level vision to coordinate our work. We also began developing demonstration projects and case studies so that we can improve our capabilities and get better results.

In particular, this Volume of the county's guidebooks series illustrates: (1) How new business and growth are still possible in our villages, based on new ideas. The consultant's ideas are recommendations only to encourage thinking along marketing lines, and do not represent any commitments by the villages or the county; (2) How villages have value in their history, community affairs, and existing infrastructure. This is a cutting edge concept, which looks at our villages as a vital part of distributed infrastructure in the region's future. Villages can attract growth away from the dynamics of sprawl, and (3) How we can add our villages to an economic development strategy for county and regional marketing campaigns in the coming decade, with the intent of attracting new investments for older downtowns and neighborhoods, and to motivate stakeholders to share lessons learned with other communities so that each village is not faced with re-inventing the wheel.

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A New Vision for Outdoor Recreation Trails - Volume 4

Volume 4: A New Vision for Outdoor Recreation Trails In Cattaraugus County, New York (Smart Development for Quality Communities Series, Cattaraugus County, New York, November 2005).

Volume 4 Cover - A New Vision for Outdoor Recreation Trails In Cattaraugus County, New York (Smart Development for Quality Communities Series, Cattaraugus County, New York, November 2005)

Cattaraugus County is pleased to have published this guidebook, "A New Vision for Outdoor Recreation Trails in Cattaraugus County, New York", as Volume 4 of its Smart Development for Quality Communities Series. This special look at trails offers new pathways into a future that celebrates our outdoor heritage. It offers many ideas that are feasible and that encourage local trails advocates to think along marketing lines by working cooperatively.

We are fortunate to have Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County. The 65,000 acres inside the park present nature at its best, attracting an average of 1.8 million people every year. The perimeter zone around the park is even larger, offering beautiful, wooded hills and valleys, and a wide variety of recreational trails and routes, business activities, and tourist attractions. These attractions include villages, trails, county and state forestland, the Zoar Valley Wilderness, the Allegany River, and much more.

Cattaraugus County prepared this guidebook, which proposes a regional trail network connecting Letchworth State Park, Allegany State Park, Zoar Valley, and Chautauqua Lake. By linking these major destination points together, a regional system would emerge serving multi-state and Canadian markets for decades to come. This trails vision, although not official policy of Cattaraugus County, is being shared for advance planning purposes in order to encourage discussion with county agencies and committees, and among the many groups and trails stakeholders who are working on trails in this region.

This vision for outdoor trails is within our reach. Major segments are now completed and open to the public. The next step is up to you and the many groups who develop and maintain trails.

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Summary & Analysis of Similar Initiatives for Park-Community Economic Development - Volume 5

Volume 5: Summary & Analysis of Similar Initiatives for Park- Community Economic Development (Smart Development for Quality Communities Guidebook Series, Cattaraugus County, July 31, 2001)

The Saratoga Associates and Cattaraugus County collaborated in the preparation of this guidebook, which presents case studies from around the nation and draws lessons about future development around Allegany State Park. These lessons confirm that rapid, unplanned development can result in faceless and unattractive commercial and residential development, including strip malls, sign proliferation, franchise architecture around major park facilities, traffic congestion, communities that are unfriendly to pedestrians and overly dependent on automobiles, and aging infrastructure. Planning for the community edge around major parks has not been coordinated, comprehensive, or ongoing in these gateway communities, being focused instead on problems with specific issues. Cattaraugus County can gain a strategic edge by facilitating coordinated work between perimeter communities and Allegany State Park, such as improving trail linkages. Such an "edge" would preserve the attractiveness of this 65,000 acre regional tourist destination.

Volumes 5, 6 and 7 (as a set) received the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association's "2004 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning".

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Economic & Market Analysis for Communities in the Perimeter of Allegany State Park - Volume 6

Volume 6: Economic & Market Analysis for Communities in the Perimeter of Allegany State Park (Smart Development for Quality Communities Guidebook Series, Cattaraugus County, July 31, 2001)

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The Saratoga Associates and Cattaraugus County collaborated in the preparation of this guidebook, which looks at potential markets for existing manufacturing, commercial, and tourism assets in the vicinity of Allegany State Park, and evaluates the opportunities that they create. The analysis is based on State and Federal projections of highway traffic, economic development, and cross-sector increases in employment opportunities. Appropriate sites are also identified within the Perimeter Zone for commercial, industrial, and tourism- related development. Specifically, demonstration projects are identified for the gateway communities of Limestone, the City of Salamanca, and the Onoville Marina area in the Town of South Valley. These projects include an Outdoor Sports Recreation and Visitor's Center in Limestone, the State Park Village proposal for East Salamanca, and the Onoville Marina Expansion/Equestrian Center proposals.

Volumes 5, 6 and 7 (as a set) received the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association's "2004 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning".

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Economic Development Strategy - Linkages Between Allegany State Park & Nearby Communities - Volume 7

Volume 7: Economic Development Strategy - Linkages Between Allegany State Park & Nearby Communities (Smart Development for Quality Communities Guidebook Series, Cattaraugus County, December 31, 2002)

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The Saratoga Associates and Cattaraugus County collaborated in the preparation of this guidebook, which presents an overall strategy for improving linkages between the state park and various communities around the park. This new approach moves beyond conventional economic development by (1) integrating lessons learned from similar gateway communities throughout the United States, by (2) recommending economic development projects that have support in regional markets, and by (3) presenting siting techniques and architectural designs to protect tourist sensitive resources in Allegany State Park and surrounding communities. It estimates that 2,400 or more new jobs would be created by the proposed demonstration projects by 2025 if the Route 219 Freeway is constructed and if an aggressive marketing effort is made beginning in 2005 (the official announcement that the freeway will be built was made in September 2003).

Volumes 5, 6 and 7 (as a set) received the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association's "2004 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning".

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Growing the Equestrian Economy in Cattaraugus County - Volume 8

Volume 8: Growing the Equestrian Economy in Cattaraugus County, New York (Smart Development for Quality Communities Guidebook Series, Cattaraugus County, March 11, 2005)

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This Guidebook is the eighth volume of Cattaraugus County's Smart Development for Quality Communities Series. This unique study establishes that our County has an important and growing equestrian community. Our consultants Richard Swist and Jo-Anne Young give us new facts, ideas and proposals to promote equestrian development. It shows us how problems and challenges can be solved by the equestrian community. It encourages horse owners and investors to take advantage of our County's rural ambiance, open space, village staging areas, a growing trails network, and our great scenic beauty.

Volumes 5, 6 and 7 (as a set) received the Western New York Section of the American Planning Association's "2004 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning".

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