Forums Scheduled for County Comprehensive Plan

News from Planning, Posted on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 10:51am

In 1978, Cattaraugus County adopted its first Comprehensive Plan, entitled the Cattaraugus County Land Use Plan 2000. Since then, many changes have occurred in our County, many not anticipated or envisioned by the Plan. A new comprehensive planning update 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.

Cattaraugus County is now beginning a planning process to develop a new comprehensive plan and vision for Cattaraugus County. The purpose of this plan is to provide a blueprint for the future growth and development of the County in the areas of land use, economic development, agriculture, the environment, transportation, infrastructure, and arts and culture. Through this process, the County seeks to establish clear goals and achievable objectives that will lead the County to become the best living environment for our citizens.

The County is seeking the public’s input to this planning process and encourages all citizens interested in expressing their views on the County's future to attend one or more upcoming public forums. A series of public forums, centered around six broad topic areas, has been set to gather public input into the formulation of goals and objectives for this plan. If you are interested in helping the County chart a course toward a brighter future, please consider participating in one or more of these events. Your input in planning for the future of Cattaraugus County is vital to its success.

The following public forums have been set, with the following topics:

Thursday, May 31st 6:00 pm, Cattaraugus County Center Building, 303 Court Street, Little Valley – Economic Development

Thursday, June 21st 6:00 pm, location TBD – Agriculture

Thursday, July 12th 6:00 pm, location TBD – Environment & Natural Resources

Thursday, August 9th 6:00 pm, location TBD – Transportation and Infrastructure

Thursday, September 20th 6:00 pm, location TBD – Arts and Culture

Thursday, October 18th 6:00 pm, location TBD – Land Use

Light refreshments will be served.

For any questions on the County’s Comprehensive Planning process, please feel free to contact James H. Isaacson, Senior Planner at (716) 938-2320 or email: jhisaacson [at] cattco [dot] org.