NEWCOMB - The town of Newcomb is in the final stages of reviewing a comprehensive plan developed by the Chazen Companies of Glens Falls. The plan will soon be presented to the Town Board for approval and acceptance.
The Chazen Companies are a multi-disciplinary company with technical expertise in engineering, surveying, environmental, planning, and landscape architecture. They were appointed to the job by a committee of the town board in the summer of 2008.
A comprehensive plan is a policy guide that sets forth directions for the future of a community in the form of both long and short term goals. It is a blueprint to help guide them through the future and establish a cohesive vision for progress. The document itself will serve as a guide to land use, economic development, natural resource protection and much more.
In 1977, recognizing the lack of economic development in Newcomb, a similar plan was adopted by the town board and updated in 1990, but was not executed successfully.
"The town board has to look at our goals from a policy perspective and work with the finances. I think the current board will do that well," said committee member Bob Lilly.
The document has been revised by Essex County and the Adirondack Park Agency and the final comprehensive plan will be presented to the town board in general session on Jan. 12.
The Chazen Companies have presented drafts of the plan in several public hearings over the past few months in order to amend the document according to public opinion.
"We made many changes based on the feedback from those hearings," said Lilly. "We hoped that the public's' comments would be visionary, thoughtful and respectful and they were."
Stew Messinger of the Chazen Companies led the public hearings and presented the documents to citizens.