Skip to main content

All General Municipal Law Section 239 referrals must be received in the Planning Office by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 to be considered for the November Cattaraugus County Planning Board Meeting.

Planning Department Logo


Design Guidebook for Towns and Villages - Volume 2
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.


Volume 2 Files



These files are large files and download time will vary depending on your connection.