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SULLIVAN COUNTY ‘OPEN SPACE PLAN’ TO BE INTRODUCED

Project is a collaboration between Division of Planning and Sullivan Renaissance

March 20, 2009

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management will sponsor a community information session to introduce the County's newly adopted open space plan "Conserving Open Space and Managing Growth” on  Wednesday March 25, 2009 at 7pm at the Ted Stroebel Building in Monticello (the Neighborhood Facility).  The public is encouraged to attend the Open Space Intro to learn more about the plan, how it was created, the goals and strategies for moving forward as well as how to utilize its elements in individual communities. 

“The County Legislature and staff worked for several months to develop a plan that best balances Sullivan’s County’s desire to grow with our need for open space and farmland protection, to preserve our quality-of-life for our residents.  It’s a valuable tool for our County to have, and I encourage our residents to read it and provide feedback,” said District Six Legislator Jodi I. Goodman, who chairs the Legislative Planning, Environmental Management & Real Property Standing Committee.

“Conserving Open Space and Managing Growth” highlights critical resource areas that both benefit and contribute to open space protection.  These areas include Agriculture, Biodiversity, Culture and Recreation and Water.  Within each area challenges and opportunities have been identified and strategies created for achieving goals that lead to open space protection.  The plan also explores growth trends and provides numerous resources. 

Division of Planning & Environmental Management Commissioner Dr. William Pammer said, “This document lays the ground work to pursue a number of top priorities in the County including enhancement of our parks and trails, farmland preservation and resource conservation to support tourism and economic development.” 

The Open Space Intro session will be followed by a series of topic specific workshops that will be offered throughout the County over the next several months, including sessions on “Open Space Planning in Your Town,” “Stream Management Solutions,” “Making Trail Connections,” “Farmers Marketing,” and “Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard.”

Conserving Open Space and Managing Growth was adopted by the Sullivan County Legislature on December 18, 2008.  The project is a collaboration the between Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management, and Sullivan Renaissance and was made possible with a Quality Communities Grant from New York State Department of State.  The entire plan is available at the Division of Planning’s website at www.scgnet.us.  For more information, please call 845-0807-0527.