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Tips and Tools for Local Officials and Concerned Citizens

August 25, 2014

[LAKE HUNTINGTON] – Planning and zoning board members, local officials and community volunteers are invited to attend an upcoming planning seminar on “Preserving Scenic Views.”  The seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cochecton Town Hall located on 74 Smales Road in Lake Huntington.

The seminar is hosted by Sullivan Renaissance in collaboration with the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management, and the Upper Delaware Council. 

“Sullivan County’s natural beauty and scenic vistas are an important part of what makes the county unique,” said Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner Helen Budrock, “Beautiful scenery translates into substantial community benefits, such as higher property values and increased tourism revenue.  Protecting scenic vistas and view sheds allows a community to preserve its unique charm, build civic pride and attract positive growth.”

Topics to be covered include: 

           Methods to inventory and evaluate scenic views in your community, including an overview of a methodology developed by the Argonne National Laboratory in conjunction with the National Park Service;

           An overview of popular zoning tools including various types of overlay districts an conservation easements;

           A presentation on using design guidelines to accomplish zoning requirements; an overview of a design handbook published by the Upper Delaware Council.

Space is limited, pre-registration is requested.  Refreshments will be provided.  Planning and zoning board members in attendance will be issued certificates for two hours of continuing education credit.

For more information or to register, contact Sullivan Renaissance at  or call 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Country Yossi Productions, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.