CIC PROJECT TEAM KICK-OFF MEETING and PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION - FEB. 7, 2017 @ 6:00PM

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Sarah Reynolds, Development Office

(Canandaigua, NY) – On Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 PM in the Town of Canandaigua Court Room on the lower level of Town Hall, the Town’s Citizens’ Implementation Committee (CIC) will be hosting a public informational meeting to kick-off the 2017 CIC Project Teams that will implement the Town’s Comprehensive Plan goals and action steps identified as priorities for 2017. Anyone is welcome to attend whether they plan to participate in a project team or simply want further information. 

This public information meeting will provide attendees with further details about the CIC and each project team and lay the groundwork for the teams to begin their projects. Following the informational meeting, there will be break-out sessions – one for each project team – so that interested participants can meet other prospective team members and begin to form a schedule for the year.

The CIC is a group of residents appointed by the Town Board in 2014 to facilitate the implementation of the goals identified in the Town of Canandaigua’s Comprehensive Plan. For the past three years, the CIC project teams have been working on the top 5 goals identified during strategic planning sessions in 2014. The goals prioritized for 2017 and the associated new and existing teams that need to be filled are as follows:

  • Mixed Use Overlay – (Existing project team) this team is tasked with the long term planning for the MUO zoning districts in the Town of Canandaigua. Specifically, the MUO team is asked to develop concepts and plans for each of the three growth nodes within the Town as identified in the Comprehensive Plan.
    • Goal 13 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Maximize opportunities for large and small scale commercial development within the Town without compromising the Town’s natural, scenic, cultural and historic resources.”
  • Open Space & Conservation Plan – (New project team) this team will help to further define and identify open spaces and land of conservation importance and, through the RFP process, prepare an Open Space and Conservation Plan to be presented to the Town Board.
    • Goal 3 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Ensure the Protection of the Town of Canandaigua’s natural resources.”
    • Goal 7 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Conserve and maintain the land that provides critical open space and scenic resources.”
    • Goal 8 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Create a network of linkages for wildlife habitat, scenic views and recreational trails.”
  • Complete Streets Policy – (New project team) this team will be tasked with researching and proposing a Complete Streets Policy to be considered by the Town Board that will provide safe and efficient access to all users (pedestrians, users of wheeled devices such as wheelchairs and scooters, automobiles, public transportation, and cyclists).  
    • Goal 20 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Embrace ‘Complete Streetscapes’ for all users.”
    • Goal 10 and Goal 11 stated above also contribute to this action item.
  • Update Design Standards/Criteria – (New project team) this team will be tasked with completing a Chapter Update to the Town Code to update the Site Design and Development Criteria.  
    • Goal 16 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Structure land use regulations, design standards and zoning code to improve and protect the character of the Town’s hamlets and gateways.”
    • Goal 20 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Embrace ‘Complete Streetscapes’ for all users.”
  • Natural Resources Inventory – (Existing project team) this team has been working since early 2015 to determine if the Natural Resources Inventory, which replaced Limited Development Overlay, is successful in preservation of significant environmental features. The team has been working on several updates to the Town code (draft Steep Slope Law, draft Ridgelines Law, and draft Shorelines law) that would make protections for natural resources within the town more robust – none of the laws have been adopted as of yet. The team still needs to do more work.
    • Goal 3 of the Comprehensive Plan, “Ensure the protection of the Town of Canandaigua’s natural resources.

If you are interested in serving on one of the above project teams or would like more information, please come to the meeting on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 PM. Again, everyone is welcome to attend regardless of their level of interest. Have questions or Concerns or can’t make it to the meeting? Please contact Sarah Reynolds at the Development Office sreynolds@townofcanandaigua.org, or call the Canandaigua Town Hall at (585) 394-1120.

By:      Sarah Reynolds, Development Office





 
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