GLOVERSVILLE - The Steering Committee consisting of city residents and public officials will host a Comprehensive Plan Workshop next week to get insight from the community on how the city can move forward and improve with a new plan.
In November, the Common Council unanimously passed a resolution to update its comprehensive plan, which serves as a guide for the city's development efforts.
The comprehensive plan hasn't been officially changed since the 1990s, city officials say.
"We are hoping there will be a good turnout and conversation," Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said. "We are trying to solicit opinions, ideas and concerns from the residents because it's a city-wide plan that encompasses all of us."
Jones said the Greenman-Pedersen engineering firm of Albany told him the city was better off updating the entire plan, including the development of Route 30A and downtown, rather than individual parts.
The decision to update the comprehensive plan was spurred by the New York state Department of Transportation telling the city it needs a clear development plan for commercial businesses along the city's edge on Route 30A.
Jones said the current comprehensive plan doesn't addres development along the edge of the city's borders, although it doesn't oppose development there either.
The proposal by Greenman-Pedersen to overhaul the plan would cost $39,500, which is lower than other estimates of around $80,000, officials said.
A committee of public officials and members of the community has been formed to give input to Greenman-Pedersen about what the city wants to do in the future. The Steering Committee currently includes Mayor Dayton King, Vince DeSantis, Steve Smith, Kevin Jonesand council members Art Simonds, Ellen Anadio and Robin Wentworth.
Also included is John Montagne, who is the planning consultant from GPI.
Jones said the meeting will begin with a brief introduction by Montagne on the comprehensive plan followed by guided discussions with the public based on a questionnaire.
"We did the questionnaire because it will give us the ability to guide the meeting and keep us on topic," Jones said.
In the questionnaire the public will be asked to highlight the needs, available assets and liabilities of the city and identify both short and long term issues within the city that need to be addressed in an updated plan.
"This plan will be the guide of what should happen in Gloversville and it really affects all of us," Jones said. "There are a lot of people out there with good ideas, so it's good in the process to get those out on the table."
King said a new comprehensive plan would become the marketing plan for the city.
"I don't want it to be a document that only a few people have a hand in creating," the mayor said. "I want to hear from the 'silent majority' on these types of issues."
The mayor also encouraged those who attend to bring ideas and solutions to the meeting rather than just complaints about individual issues.
"We need solutions to the problems and I hope people will be on hand to help," King said.
The meeting will be held on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, located at 31 E. Fulton St.
A second workshop also is planned for March, but the time and location have yet to be decided.
For additional information, contact Kevin Jones at 773-4556 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.