The Town of Hunter Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will hold a public hearing on September 25th, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Mountaintop Library in Tannersville to hear comments on the Towns draft comprehensive plan. All are encouraged to review the plan and offer comments to the committee. To see the full plan visit the Mountaintop Library Public Library, the Town office or download the plan at http://townofhuntergov.com/comprehensive-plan/
In early 2017, the Town Board appointed a Steering Committee with the goal of updating an earlier version of a Town comprehensive Plan and to create a new document that will guide the community for the next decade. The plan was developed by the committee with active community participation/input throughout. Public input to the Plan came from a well-attended public workshop, a town-wide survey that had over 340 participants from all parts of the Town, including villages, and from focus groups, and monthly meetings.
The Plan details what current conditions in Town are, identifies issues of importance to the Hunter community, establishes a long-term direction for the Town and recommends a series of actions and strategies Hunter can take over time. A series of maps and a collection of information about the Town are also included in the Plan.
The plan offers goals objectives and recommendations on seven topics that include economic vibrancy; infrastructure/transportation; protection of the natural environment; quality/affordable housing opportunities; community character/aesthetic appeal; enhancement of cultural, educational historical and recreational opportunities; and government/community services.
The Plan offers a diversity of recommended strategies. These range from capital improvement projects, programs, and regulatory initiatives. It addresses important topics such as (but not limited to):
- Increasing coordination and collaboration among governments and organizations in Hunter;
- Promoting and marketing assets in the Town to encourage more economic development;
- Seeking more grant funding to aid in new programs;
- Developing committees and an organizational structure to effectively carry out recommended programs; enhancement of existing land use regulations or enactment of additional ones that will allow for new growth and economic development while balancing the need to protect the environment and community character; addressing parking and traffic issues along Route 23A;
- Initiating programs that can improve the availability and affordability of housing for all;
- Initiating new programs to highlight and protect the historic resources in the town;
- Establishing a recreation program and plan to increase year-round recreational and cultural opportunities; and
- Promoting communication with residents and collaboration with the Villages of Hunter and Tannersville.
After the hearing, the Committee will determine if any changes need to be made to the draft, and when finished, will submit the plan for consideration by the Town Board, hopefully by the end of October.