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Viewpoint: On comprehensive plan

A draft of the Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan is now available. The latest version of the Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan is available on the town Website etownny.com. Printed copies are available at the Town Hall. We urge all residents to read the plan. There will be a public hearing held in late January 2014. Consultant Nan Stolzenburg, from Community Planning and Environmental Associates, will present the plan to the Town Board. There will also be an opportunity for public comment. After the Public Hearing, comments from the Public will be included into the Final Draft of the Plan.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Comprehensive Plan:

WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?

Every family and business must plan for the future. This is quite simply a plan for Elizabethtown’s future. The Comprehensive Plan is important for our Town, in order to move forward in a positive direction. It is based on how the people and businesses of Elizabethtown feel about our Town now, and what their expectations are for the future.

WHY SHOULD WE HAVE A PLAN?

Elizabethtown is changing. It is losing population and businesses, and with both of these losses we lose the tax base that supports town, county and school services. All over the Adirondacks, towns are planning, becoming smarter, more efficient and therefore more able to compete for increasingly scarce funding, such as money for our much needed Sewer Plant. Our nearest neighbor, the Town of Lewis, is currently completing its own Comprehensive Plan.

WHEN WAS PLANNING STARTED?

1977 - the first Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan was approved. It created the first Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Zoning Laws under then administration of Mayor Robert Mowery.

1980 - the Village was dissolved and became the Hamlet of Elizabethtown. Planning and Zoning continued only in the Hamlet. (Supervisor Walter Marvin)

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