October 28, 2009
Gromack and Town Board Looking Forward
to Completion of New Comprehensive Plan
Residents Can Comment on Final Plan Until November
(New City, NY)
- After two years of extensive research and public outreach and with the
support of Supervisor Alex Gromack and the Town Board, the Town of Clarkstown
is nearing completion of the 2009 Town of Clarkstown Comprehensive Plan: Partnerships and Connections. November 4 is the deadline for submission of
comments by the residents of Clarkstown.
“Public participation was a critical aspect of
this process,” said Supervisor Gromack.
“It is the ideas and concerns of residents that helped shape the vision
for Clarkstown over the next 5 to 10 years.
Their input provided for a thorough analysis of the issues facing the
families and businesses in our Town and the ways government can assist in
moving our Town forward.”
Residents can comment on the plan until
November 4 by visiting the Town’s website at www.town.clarkstown.ny.us and under
the Community section click “Final Comprehensive Plan”. The plan will be adopted by resolution of the
Town Board before the end of the year.
direction of Supervisor Gromack, the Town has taken innovative steps to study
Clarkstown in the broadest way possible. Beyond simply updating the previous
Comprehensive Plans of 1999 and 1966, this Comprehensive Plan examines the
past, present and potential future conditions of the Town and works to serve as
a reference and guide for land use decisions.
In November of
2007, the Town Board established a Special Board to develop the Comprehensive
Plan, who gathered information from a range of sources including residents’
comments and ideas, technical research, data and studies.
Clarkstown’s residents were invited to attend three public
workshops to provide comments on the Comprehensive Plan, during which over 600
residents attended. Additional data was
collected from written surveys of over 1,300 area high school juniors and
seniors, as well as 600 phone surveys of the general populace. In addition to studying numerous existing
studies, private consulting firms provided updated technical research and data.
In a true
grass-roots effort, subcommittees comprised of Town staff and citizens
collaboratively developed the goals and objectives of this Plan. The Special Board presented a draft of the
Comprehensive Plan to the Town Board on August 25, 2009. The Town Board collected comments on the
document from the public thru October 2, followed by a public hearing on
September 22. The Final Comprehensive
Plan, which addressed the public comments, was presented to the Town Board on
comprehensive plan examined everything from bio-diversity to sidewalk
construction, from the future of our volunteer emergency services to the use of
open space, from the development of vacant commercial land to making our downtowns
more pedestrian friendly,” said Supervisor Gromack. “By providing a blueprint for our future, the
Comprehensive Plan will allow us to create and adopt initiatives that will
promote continued improvements in our quality of life, the recruitment of
industry to the Town that will continue to stabilize our tax base and
environmental conservation that will define the well being of generations to