The town and the city of Canandaigua, New York will continue working this spring on their comprehensive plans – municipal planning tools that determine community goals and aspirations in terms of future growth and development – with residents from each municipality invited to participate in the process.
“It is the desire of each municipality to meet the needs and desires of our residents and businesses in a smart and responsible manner,” Canandaigua town supervisor Cathy Menikotz said in a prepared statement. “We want people to know that their contributions of time and opinions are valued and, ultimately, shape the course of development in our town and surrounding municipalities.”
The basis for comprehensive planning stems from a community’s desire to express public policies on transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, and housing. Comprehensive plans typically include large geographic areas and a broad range of topics.
“Public input is essential to creating a sense of place where we can enjoy our homes, guide development and speak to the enhancement of Canandaigua,” mayor Ellen Polimeni said in a statement. “I sincerely hope residents will take an active part in creating a plan for the future of Canandaigua.”
Each municipality will follow its own process in its plan’s updates, which are expected to be completed in 2020. Updates typically cover long-term timelines and may project planning and growth through 2030, depending on each municipality’s goals and objectives.
“Each community does not exist in a vacuum, as we know,” Eric Cooper, town planner, said. “By working together, we can better foresee future changes and prospects by the awareness of our coordinated efforts. Individuals wishing to participate should reach out to their town or city for advice on how best to have their voices heard. Now is the time to become involved.”