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April 8, 2014

Towns present joint vision, goals

LAKE PLACID — The updated North Elba/Lake Placid Comprehensive Plan goes to public hearing today.

It was revised over the past several years by a Community Development Board formed after the Joint North Elba/Lake Placid Planning Commission approved code revisions in 2011.

Updates build from a town and village Comprehensive Plan adopted in 1997 and address police protection, fire districts, bike trails, traffic and numerous other issues.

NEW MAPPING DATA

Factored in are a new set of Geographic Information System maps that show how North Elba and Lake Placid are positioned among the wetlands, waterways, steep slopes and infrastructure, among other geographic features.

The maps will eventually be posted on the North Elba Building Office website for public use.

“They are big files, but we are moving in that direction,” Board Chairman Dean Dietrich told the Press-Republican. “Having it in one place just makes the information so usable and accessible. By putting that in the Comprehensive Plan, it gives us a leg up on grant opportunities.”

SEVEN CHAPTERS

In addition, the Comprehensive Plan utilized data collected since 1997, including traffic statistics, assessment rolls, parking information, tourism growth and housing studies.

In all, seven subcommittees reported to the Community Development Board on components of the plan: government structure; economy and tourism; community facilities; mobility; environment and natural resources; housing; and land use and design.

The result, according to  Dietrich, is a sequence of “vision statements” with attendant to-do lists.

“It’s a nice list of ideas; now we have to get to work and get going on them.”

EFFICIENCY

A prevailing theme in the work seeks government efficiency through shared services.

Among actions being considered, for instance, is creation of a “shared purchasing agent” position — a person or officer who would organize joint purchasing for nearby towns, villages, school districts and the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

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