TOWN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVIEW
The Town of Gallatin has recently started efforts to update its 2007 Town Comprehensive Plan. The Town Board has appointed an ad hoc advisory committee to work with planning consultants from Community Planning & Environmental Associates. The overall approach we will be taking to update our Comprehensive Plan is organized around work that will answer the three basic questions as outlined below. The answers to these questions will come from the planning process and will form the basic sections of the updated comprehensive plan:
- What are the current conditions in the Town of Gallatin? This phase of the project will update the planning “database” in the community profile and inventory. New information on demographics, natural resources, community resources, and other inventory information will be collected and analyzed. This information will then be used to assist the Town in identifying current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (the SWOT), and articulate issues of importance to the community to be addressed in the plan. This step requires a look at current resources and conditions, land uses, demographics, and growth patterns that have occurred. It will also include public input to identify community-identified issues and concerns. Focus groups, public meetings, and a town-wide survey will be used to collect public input.
- Where does the Town want to “be” in 5, 10 and 20 years? This phase uses public input and other information from step 1 to evaluate where the Town sees itself in the future. Activities in this step will result in either re-validation of, or changing of the existing plans’ vision, goals, and objectives. New direction can be set in this phase to address new needs and then will be fine-tuned in Phase 3 with strategies.
- What will the Town need to do to attain that future vision? This phase will result in a set of specific actions, strategies, programs, and policies Gallatin can implement over time. These strategies may include those in the previous plan if still relevant to address current needs. A key feature of this phase will be to develop a detailed action plan to outline implementation time frames, funding, and other information needed by the Town to successfully implement the new plan. Ultimately, this phase will result in the development and adoption of an updated plan.
Committee meetings will be the first Monday of each month, 6:30pm, at the Town Hall, 667 Route 7, Gallatin, NY 12502. Meetings are open to the public.
The members of the committee are:
Comments for the committee can be mailed to P.O. Box 67, Ancram, NY 12502, or faxed to (518) 398-1565.