The Tompkins County Planning Department is inviting members of the public to review and comment on the draft County Comprehensive Plan. The draft may be accessed at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan, and a series of open houses is scheduled for locations around Tompkins County.
The 2014 draft updates the plan that was first adopted in 2004 and amended in 2008. Earlier this year, the Planning Department hosted public meetings at several locations around the County to explain the updated plan’s intended content and to gain input. The current series of public open houses is designed to provide opportunities for the public to learn more about what is in the plan and to offer comments. The open house format allows people to stop in anytime during the scheduled hours and have one-on-one interaction with staff. A series of posters will outline highlights of each plan chapter.
The updated draft plan includes principles, policies and detailed chapters addressing the economy, housing, transportation, natural resources, water resources, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, climate change adaptation, healthy communities and development focus areas. The plan also includes a new overarching principle addressing sustainability and includes content discussing the concept of affordable living in Tompkins County. Among the major recommendations of the plan are to:
· diversify the local economy and provide opportunities for everyone to participate in economic prosperity;
· increase the housing supply at locations close to jobs and services;
· transition from drive alone vehicular trips to more walking, biking, transit and ride sharing;
· protect important natural areas, agricultural lands and water resources;
· transition to renewable energy sources and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
· prepare the community for the impacts of climate change;
· promote walkable, healthy and safe communities; and
· concentrate at least two-thirds of new development in development focus areas largely centered in and around the City of Ithaca, and in villages and traditional hamlets throughout the County.
The plan will establish policies to guide decisions of county government and facilitate intermunicipal cooperation to address issues that cross municipal boundaries.
The open houses have been scheduled as follows:
• October 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room
• October 8th from 3:30 pm to 6:15 pm at the Enfield Community Building
• October 14th from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Dryden Town Hall
• October 16th from 4:00-6:45 pm at the Danby Town Hall
• October 22nd from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Lansing Town Hall
• October 23rd from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room
Light refreshments will be served.
Written comments on the plan will also be accepted through October 31st and can be mailed to the Tompkins County Planning Department, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thereafter the plan will be revised as necessary and submitted to the County Legislature to set a date for a formal public hearing on the plan prior to adoption.