For More Information: Robert Moore, Town of Webb Supervisor, or Marcia Baker, Chair of Comprehensive Plan
Town of Webb's Updated Comprehensive Plan Taking Shape
Old Forge, NY: The Town of Webb has made
significant progress towards completing its updated Comprehensive Plan. Using public input, mapping, and data
collection gathered in 2016, the Comprehensive Plan Committee has now
finished two of the three phases of its work. A comprehensive plan is a locally-developed document that establishes
the long-term vision, goals and actions to help guide the towns growth and
development for the next decade. The
Town of Webb’s Comprehensive Plan will address three major questions: What are
current conditions in the Town; What does the Town hope to be like in 10
years, and What actions can the Town and its partners take to help reach that
from a planning consultant from Community Planning & Environmental
Associates (Berne, NY), the Committee
has done a review of information about the Town, its residents, environment and
economy, and analyzed 2016-2017 public input. Past
plans, including the 2002 Webb Comprehensive Plan, the Route 28 Corridor
Revitalization Plan, the Webb Waterfront Revitalization Plan, the West Central
Adirondack Housing Needs Assessment and many regional plans have also been
reviewed to help the committee understand issues, trends, and potential
solutions. Past public input being used
to help understand what is important to the people of Webb include interviews,
a public workshop, story board feedback, and committee meetings that took place
over the past two years.
step tackled by the Committee has been organizing all that data and public information
into categories that detail Webb’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and
threats (SWOT). The updated Plan will
address each of these. Actions will be developed to maintain the community
strengths, address the issues, find ways to take advantage of the
opportunities, and identify threats the community should be aware of. The
Plan will include a ‘checklist’ of actions that the Town Board can implement
In March, the committee worked with its consultant to develop a new vision and a set of goals the Town hopes to be able to address over the next 10 years. Robert Moore, Town Supervisor, said that “ The Plan will express an exciting and hopeful future for ourselves. Our new plan will detail how the Town of Webb aspires to be a vibrant and caring community, offering a high quality of life for all, and one where we cherish and maintain our small town feel, quality natural environment, historic character, outdoor recreational opportunities, and an exceptional school system. It will also detail what steps we can take to have a more vibrant economy, expanded housing opportunities, and up-to-date infrastructure."
Marcia Barker, Chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee said “the updated plan will address topics that are important to Webb residents such as community character and livability, year-round recreation and cultural opportunities, infrastructure such as sidewalks and parking, broadband, housing, economic vitality, and the environment."
A review of the Town’s zoning has recently been completed. This review offers recommendations that can be made to improve the Town’s land use regulations so that new development can be consistent with community goals. Next month, the committee will move into the third phase of the project and start work on reviewing a set of recommended actions and strategies that can be included in the Plan. The committee hopes to have a full draft Plan completed by the end of the summer with hopes the Town Board can adopt the new plan in the Fall.