PLATTSBURGH — With a new administration in place and many changes occurring, the City of Plattsburgh will undertake a formal study to see what the future should look like.
“Times change and conditions change, and we need to take a look down the road,” Mayor James Calnon told the Press-Republican recently.
The city will launch a formal study, entitled Community Vision and Implementation Strategy, with the aid of a $40,000 grant from the Department of State.
The study will look at short-term and long-term planning, as well as city resources, development opportunities and finances.
A key focus will be on waterfront revitalization and how that area can enhance the downtown corridor and the rest of the community.
“We will look at just about everything,” said City Engineer Kevin Farrington, who will oversee the study.
LAST STUDY IN 1998
The last comprehensive planning study for the city was done in 1998, Farrington said. Several other limited studies on specific issues have been done since then, but no complete study for the whole city.
“The state recommends you do one about every 15 years, so we are about due for one,” Farrington said.
The main idea implemented from the 1998 study was the creation of a Waterfront Overlay District, which eventually led to removal of the Canadian-Pacific Railroad yard from the Dock Street area and development of a waterfront park and boat launch, which has served as the venue for many high-profile fishing tournaments the past decade-plus.
The mayor said this new study will not so much duplicate previous studies as pick up where the others left off.
“We don’t need to re-invent the wheel here, but we may need to dust some of those other studies off and see if some of the things in there are still valid and see where we can go from there,” Calnon said.