Monday, January 15, 2024

Warren County Comprehensive Plan public workshop set for Jan. 22

 

Warren County comprehensive plan

Warren County, NY — What are the top issues facing Warren County? What topics do you think Warren County government should prioritize in the coming years? And how can Warren County continue to be an attractive place to live and do business? If you’d like an opportunity to help plan for Warren County’s future (and enjoy complimentary pizza,) please join us for a public workshop on Warren County’s Comprehensive Plan, to be held Monday, January 22 at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury.

Warren County is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan called Warren County 2040, a policy document that serves to outline the county’s priorities, identify top challenges and opportunities facing county government, and make recommendations for how Warren County can maintain its status as an attractive and thriving community over the next 20 years. The January 22 workshop will be an opportunity for Warren County residents, business owners and visitors to provide input on the project as well as to learn about the progress to date.

The project consultant, LaBella Associates, will offer a presentation on the process of developing the comprehensive plan and initial findings from public engagement and analysis as well as detail the next steps of the planning process. A 20-minute presentation will be followed by an open house, which will invite attendees to circulate to stations representing topic areas in the Comprehensive Plan to learn more and offer feedback.

Topics will include — Who We Are & What We Do; The Built Environment; The Natural Environment; The Economy; and Quality of Life. There will also be an additional station detailing the Warren County Outdoor Recreation Economy Strategic Plan, which is a related but independent project funded by NY Empire State Development.

The Comprehensive Plan project has been underway since mid-2023 and is being led by the Warren County Department of Planning & Community Development.

“Initial analysis as part of the planning process supports what many people have been experiencing with regard to community challenges — things like meeting the needs of an aging population, declining school enrollments, and housing accessibility to name but a few,” said Ethan Gaddy, Warren County Planner. “However, despite these challenges, Warren County has some remarkable assets such as access to the Adirondacks and Lake George, a revitalizing Glens Falls, impressive broadband coverage, good transportation access, low crime, and high quality civic and cultural institutions. We’re at the stage of the planning process where we are pivoting from information-gathering to goal identification and strategy development. This is the more interesting part of the process where we would love to maintain public engagement.”

A recording of the presentation and an interactive digital version of the workshop stations will be posted on the project website for anyone unable to attend the meeting in person. Residents are encouraged to contribute their ideas and feedback.

The workshop will be held at SUNY Adirondack’s Northwest Bay Conference Center located at 640 Bay Road in Queensbury, starting at 6 p.m.

A public survey for Warren County residents and visitors to provide input about the Comprehensive Plan remains active here.

 

Photo at top provided by Don Lehman, Director of Public Affairs for Warren County.

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