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Geneva asks for public to view plan

The Geneva community is encouraged to review the second draft of the City of Geneva’s Comprehensive Plan and Decision Making Guide (the plan). The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee appreciates all of the public comments received for the first draft. The changes seen in the second draft reflect the input from the community. Community members can download the plan, as well as public comments and specific changes made since the first draft at www.genevanrc.org. Paper copies are also available at City Hall and the Geneva Public Library. The plan is divided into three sections: Part #1 is a summary of findings, the City’s vision and values, and principles, and priority initiatives.Part #2 provides the community assessment and analysis, and sustainability goals (called the Project Benefits Metrics Report).Part #3 provides the summaries and analyses from the Big Talk in the Little City dialogues and community survey. Adoption of the plan is anticipated at the August 3rd City Council meeting (7 pm, Public Safety Building, 255 Exchange Street). City Council will also make the State Environmental Quality Review Act determination for this Type 1 Action at the meeting. “The comments received for the first draft helped the committee to make thoughtful clarifications and additions to the plan. The steering committee is excited to start making the plan’s vision of an equitable, prosperous, sustainable and beautiful city a reality and we hope that community members will join us in taking steps to implement the plan.” said Sage Gerling, Director of the Office of Neighborhood Initiatives. The plan is part of Governor Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major statewide initiative encouraging communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making, and then form partnerships to transform markets that lead to the reduction of emissions and the generation of economic benefits. The program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), also empowers communities to take action, providing technical resources and decision-making tools on land use, housing, transportation, energy, economic development and environmental practices, resulting in more vibrant and prosperous New York. The last comprehensive plan was completed in 1997, and the new plan is being created to reflect modern planning initiatives. The total cost of the project is $90,000, with $50,000 in support from NYSERDA, $10,000 from Geneva’s Local Development Corporation, $10,000 from Geneva’s Industrial Development Agency, and $20,000 from the City.

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