Public Invited to Open House on County Comprehensive Plan
On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism is hosting the first of three Open Houses on the creation of a comprehensive plan that will guide the future of Cattaraugus County. It will be held at the Cutco Theater on the JCC Campus in Olean, 260 North Union Street. Additional open houses will be held on Thursday, May 8th, at the King Memorial Library in Machias, and on Wednesday, May 14th, at the County Center Building in Little Valley. All three Open Houses will begin at 6:00 pm, with a presentation beginning at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Listening to our community is very important to understanding what is important to the people of Cattaraugus County. We want to gather your opinions, thoughts and ideas about the County and its future. What are the important issues facing your communities? What are your concerns? What should the County’s role be?
Your comments will be used to help establish goals for the County as we develop this new comprehensive plan. The purpose of this plan is to set forth a blueprint for the development of the County as an attractive place to live, work, invest, and retire. The Open Houses will be an opportunity to share your thoughts on the County's future.
The first comprehensive plan for Cattaraugus County was adopted in 1978. Since then, many changes have occurred in our County, many not anticipated or envisioned by the plan. A new comprehensive planning approach is needed to address the challenges of the 21st century and build upon more recent planning initiatives, such as the Smart Development for Quality Communities Guidebook Series and the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. The new plan should also tie in to regional efforts by the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board and the WNY Regional Economic Development Council.
For more information on the Open Houses, or if you have any questions on the County’s Comprehensive Plan, please feel free to contact James H. Isaacson, Senior Planner at (716) 938-2320 or email: planning [at] cattco [dot] org.