Coordination of Planning
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Coordination of Planning Goals
  • Ensure an efficient and effective planning process by leading a proactive planning process that includes all internal and external stakeholders

  • Maintain a useful, up-to-date Comprehensive Plan as a context for decision making

[This remains a proposed plan until the Town Board approves it]

Nothing lies completely within the Town's control.
The county and the state control our major roadways. New York City and NYS own major parcels of vacant land. The Esopus flows through several towns. The rail trails will continue to expand into dozens of communities and hundreds of miles. Many senior services require a population base larger than Hurley's.

Successful projects build on the interests, concerns and expertise of the many – residents, landowners, businesses, professionals, special interest groups, and town employees and department heads. But often the structure and process of local government fosters adversarial rather than collaborative relationships.

Often we're tempted to say, "It's [fill-in-the-blank's] responsibility." But it falls to the Town Board to see that Hurley's interests are addressed. That means assuming a leadership role and coordinating among the various agencies and interest groups.

We can best accomplish our goals by coordinating with others. That coordination takes many forms – joint planning, consultation, coalition building, mediation and lobbying to name a few.

It means consciously identifying and inviting the full range of stakeholders to participate. It means employing alternatives to ‘public hearings’ like workshops and study circles. And it means utilizing a variety of communication media to inform and invite participation.

Often this means joining with other towns that share the same issues.

It may also mean that public agencies may need to flex their schedules to meet in the evening and on weekends when community volunteers are most often available.

Many of the Plan's recommendations require coordination and collaboration. They include two new standing committees -- Traffic & Transportation and Senior Services Advisory Committees -- and a call for additional volunteers to participate in a variety of ways.

This chart captures some of the currently existing efforts to coordinate and incorporates the new entities (bordered with dotted lines) that we believe will facilitate coordination.

Comprehensive Plan Reviews and Updates
While the Comprehensive Plan looks ten years into the future, it's based on educated speculation. To be effective, it needs updating on a regular basis.We recommend an annual review of progress toward accomplishing the plans goals, and a full update every five to seven years.

Recommendations for Coordination