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Steuben County begins first comprehensive plan

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The first countywide comprehensive plan in Steuben County’s history is now under way

This plan will rely heavily on public input and, once completed, will serve as a guiding document for policy making, economic development, and capital investment for the County during the next 15 years.

The comprehensive plan is designed to establish a strategic framework for Steuben’s growth and development and includes identifying critical areas of policy to which county leaders may direct resources and effort.

“The importance of the comprehensive plan as a document and process is that it will tie together all of the recent and extensive planning and studies that have taken place in the county,” said Deputy County Manager Christopher Brewer. “Steuben County stands out as a county with an extensive amount of good research and planning.”

The current comprehensive planning effort is guided by a multi-disciplinary steering committee of County Legislators, staff, and other key stakeholders.

The plan will create policy and investment recommendations around these critical areas of focus.

A foundational element of the planning process is the engagement of the public and other critical stakeholders. The legislative Steering Committee members are designing a public engagement strategy that will rely heavily on public input throughout the process, as well as contributions from municipal leaders, civic organizations, and local investors.

The planning process is expected to take approximately 18 months, after which the county Legislature will be asked to adopt strategies to advance plan recommendations.

To stay plugged into the process, residents are encouraged to visit, and to attend public engagement opportunities.

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