A draft of the Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan is now available. The latest version of the Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan is available on the town Website etownny.com. Printed copies are available at the Town Hall. We urge all residents to read the plan. There will be a public hearing held in late January 2014. Consultant Nan Stolzenburg, from Community Planning and Environmental Associates, will present the plan to the Town Board. There will also be an opportunity for public comment. After the Public Hearing, comments from the Public will be included into the Final Draft of the Plan.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Comprehensive Plan:
WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?
Every family and business must plan for the future. This is quite simply a plan for Elizabethtown’s future. The Comprehensive Plan is important for our Town, in order to move forward in a positive direction. It is based on how the people and businesses of Elizabethtown feel about our Town now, and what their expectations are for the future.
WHY SHOULD WE HAVE A PLAN?
Elizabethtown is changing. It is losing population and businesses, and with both of these losses we lose the tax base that supports town, county and school services. All over the Adirondacks, towns are planning, becoming smarter, more efficient and therefore more able to compete for increasingly scarce funding, such as money for our much needed Sewer Plant. Our nearest neighbor, the Town of Lewis, is currently completing its own Comprehensive Plan.
WHEN WAS PLANNING STARTED?
1977 - the first Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan was approved. It created the first Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Zoning Laws under then administration of Mayor Robert Mowery.
1980 - the Village was dissolved and became the Hamlet of Elizabethtown. Planning and Zoning continued only in the Hamlet. (Supervisor Walter Marvin)
2007 - under Supervisor Noel Merrihew, the Town Board approved the Hamlets 3 study and paid for the printing of the study.
2010 - The Town Board applied for and won a Smart Growth Grant to revise the now 35 year old Comprehensive Plan, also under Mr. Merrihew.
2010 through 2012 - the Planning Board and community volunteers revised the original Elizabethtown Comprehensive Plan. (Supervisors Noel Merrihew & Margaret Bartley). The Plan is now in its fifth draft.
To further clarify some issues that have caused some concern, the Comprehensive Plan covers the area known as the Town of Elizabethtown, however Elizabethtown currently has a set of Local Land Use Laws that pertain ONLY to the former Village, now the Hamlet. These laws and regulations will NOT become Town wide by the adoption of the Plan, and will continue to apply only to the Hamlet. APA regulations have always applied to land outside the Hamlet and will continue to do so. Nothing will change outside the Hamlet. After the Comprehensive Plan is approved, the 35 year old Local Land Use Laws will be revised and brought up to date.
WHAT IS NYS-272A?
This is a STATE LAW describing what a Comprehensive Plan is, what it includes, what it is for, and describes the rules governing its adoption. The Planning Board has taken care to observe these rules and procedures, which include a town wide survey, public meetings and business focus groups. The Planning Board has always encouraged the widest possible involvement from our community.
WHAT IS HAMLETS 3?
This is an academic project started by a professor from Cornell University, Roger Trancik and Bill Johnston. Johnston was the Essex County Planner for many years. They put together a study to help town leaders think of ways to improve our towns. These are entirely voluntary suggestions, which can only be acted on by the Town Board. There are many aspects of town growth that are covered in their book,” Hamlets 3”.
The document can be seen on the website HYPERLINK “http://www.adkhamlets.org” http://www.adkhamlets.org. Copies are also available in the Town Hall. Trancik and Johnson are also helping rebuild other down town areas in Jay and Ausable Forks, which were damaged by Hurricane Irene.