Town of GenevaComprehensive Plan Wins Statewide Recognition
The new Town of Geneva Comprehensive Plan has won statewide recognition from the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Plan received an award in the category of outstanding comprehensive planning for a municipality.
The comprehensive plan development was overseen by an 11-person Comprehensive Plan Committee that was appointed by the Town Board in February 2014. George R. Frantz and Associates, of Ithaca and Sustainable Transportation Solutions of Columbia, MD, were hired by the Town of Geneva to write the comprehensive plan for the town.
The APA Chapter awards committee cited the Comprehensive Plan for a number of innovative features including the proposed Town Center urban village; the eventual conversion of Rtes. 5&20 into an urban boulevard and replacement of the traffic signals at its intersection with CR6 with a roundabout; extensive investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure; new approaches to stormwater management; and for re-directing growth away from agricultural and ecologically sensitive lands.
The plan also placed substantial emphasis on climate change, including recommendations for reductions in energy use and development of renewable sources of energy.
According to planning consultant George Frantz, the quality of the new plan and the innovative proposals were very much community driven.
“We had the privilege of working with a very knowledgeable and hands-on committee that from Day 1 communicated a desire to move toward a more environmentally sustainable and a more economically sustainable community, for a diverse population. They consistently challenged us to be creative in addressing the issues identified.”
The American Planning Association is a 36,000 member professional organization of planners, planning commissioners, public officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens. Its mission is to advance the art and science of physical, economic and social planning in the United States.
For more information about the new comprehensive plan contact George Frantz at (607) 227-4652 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.