Allegany Comprehensive Plan

Image courtesy Allegany County Office of Planning

BELVIDERE — Allegany County planning officials are still seeking feedback on the next comprehensive plan update.

The draft of “Our Vision, Our Mission: Outlook for 2030” — the latest revision to the county’s comprehensive plan — is available online for public comment by the end of business today, planning officials said.

The document was released March 20, with the county Planning Board, the county Board of Legislators and the municipalities receiving copies for review and comment. Surveys, public forums and outreach to municipalities for projects, data and their own plans were used to guide the revisions.

“This plan represents the work of the staff at the Planning Office over the last year, in conjunction with the Comprehensive Plan Committee appointed by the legislature,” said Kier Dirlam, director of the Office of Planning in March. “This latest revision of the Comprehensive Plan is significantly different from previous versions in a few ways, including text updates, reorganization of the content, graphic design and formatting, and revised data and maps. We are very pleased with insightful updates to the content of the plan and its engaging new look.”

The document also outlines a top 12 list of project priorities:

  • Build-out the Crossroads area that is planned for I-86, State Route 19 and County Route 20, as well as develop industrial facilities at the proximately located S-Curves site on County Route 20.
  • Improve and develop the high-priority tourism assets, including Tall Pines ATV Park, The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally, the Genesee River, and Swain Resort.
  • Tourism economy development including additional parks, events, ATV and equestrian trails and facilities
  • County-wide comprehensive brand development and strategic marketing communications campaign for Allegany County Business and Development
  • Continue development vehicles for business investment including on-going development of venture capital, such as an Angel Fund.
  • Continue to expand and improve broadband throughout the county.
  • Job creation through technology transfer.
  • Increase inter-governmental/ municipal cooperation through county-wide shared services.
  • Maintenance and enhancement of a priority list for infrastructure development.
  • Housing improvement through development of additional and better stock and revitalization projects in existing communities.
  • Agricultural development and improvement of markets for production.
  • Establish coordination between water and sewer services within the county.

The committee completed a line-by-line review of the last revision, updating data and replacing maps, photographs and other appendices as necessary, officials said. The plan includes 33 maps to graphically represent Allegany County resources and planning statuses. Updated demographic data from the 2010 census and 2017 estimates are included, and more than 1,000 photographs and 3,200 pages of appendices were submitted for review.

The draft plan is available on-line at www.alleganyco.com under Quick Links for the public to review.

All comments and suggestions will be considered, officials said, with the goal to incorporate them as well as possible. Groups that have completed relevant plans may submit their documents for inclusion in the appendices. For example, 18 municipalities have active comprehensive plans of their own, which are being tied into the county effort.

To provide comments, contact dirlamhk@alleganyco.com or (585) 268-7472

Officials hope to complete a State Environmental Quality Review in the next two months, and have the plan put to the Board of Legislators for approval by the end of the summer.

The plan was first approved in 2008, with 2020 Vision — Comprehensive Plan 2013-2023 revision approved by the county Board of Legislators in October 2013. The document — containing more than 3,200 pages of appendices — was reviewed and rewritten during an 18-month process by a volunteer group with no county or outside funding.

The first revision received the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association 2014 Planning Excellence Award for Comprehensive Planning, as well as an award from the New York Planning Federation.

(Contact reporter-editor Bob Clark at bclark@olean

timesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @OTHBob)

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