Deputy Mayor McCague Accepts Award for Village Comprehensive Plan

ITHACA, NEW YORK – The Village of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan has been honored for excellence in Comprehensive Planning at the Annual Conference of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the field of city, town, and regional planning.  The Professional Awards program recognized outstanding submissions in the following areas:  comprehensive planning, best practice, implementation, public outreach, distinguished leadership, and Great Places in Upstate New York.

“The Professional Awards celebrate the hard and rewarding work that our colleagues do each day,” said Sean Maguire, AICP, vice president of the chapter and chair of the Awards Committee. “We’re really pleased to highlight these projects and there is no better time to do so than at our conference and doubly so during National Community Planning Month.”

The Village of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan is its first Comprehensive Plan since 1970. The Plan is the vision for the community and outlines goals, strategies, and actions to achieve that vision.

The Plan defines a clear, coordinated strategy to maximize Lakewood’s assets and resources, to address important economic, environmental, transportation network and physical design issues, and to revitalize the community’s economy. The Plan includes strategies to improve the quality of existing housing; diversify housing types; encourage mixed-use and infill development; redevelop vacant and underutilized land; revitalize downtown, attract new families; help seniors age in place; and develop a tourism economy.

“Our plan helped us to articulate a vision that has resonated throughout the community and inspired us to act,” said Deputy Mayor Ted McCague. “The comprehensive plan implementation committee has been working through the recommendations. So far we have attracted more than $200,000 in grants to improve the community, environment, and downtown. We’re working on many other initiatives including parks and trails, updating our land use regulations and economic development.”

The award was presented to the Village and its consultant from peter j. smith & company and LaBella Associates during the annual awards luncheon in Ithaca October 4. The projects and individual recognized include:

  • Best Practice
    • Shelton Square Erie Street Greenway – City of Buffalo, New York
    • Moving Forward 2050 – Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council
    • Rensselaer County Hudson River Access Plan
    • Complete Streets Prioritization Tool for Quebec City
    • Rensselaer County Land Conservation Plan
    • Downtown Albany: A Background Study (Outstanding Student Project)
  • Public Outreach
    • Reimagine RTS, Monroe County
    • Village Vision – Village of Menands, New York (Outstanding Student Project)
  • Implementation
    • Schuyler County NYSERDA Comprehensive Planning Project
  • Comprehensive Planning
    • Village of Lakewood Comprehensive Plan
    • Niagara Waterfront Opportunity Area – City of Niagara Falls, New York
  • Great Places in Upstate New York
    • Charles R. Wood Park – Lake George, New York
  • Distinguished Leadership: Upstate Fellow
    • John E. Steinmetz, AICP

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.  The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Association advances the work of the national organization in 48 counties north of the New York City metropolitan region.

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