Greenway Plan Receives Outstanding Planning Award

The American Planning Association – Western New York Section – has awarded the Chautauqua County Greenway Plan the 2013 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning.

The award was presented to county officials at the association’s 2013 awards banquet and business meeting in Buffalo. Receiving the award on behalf of the county were Bill Daly, county planning and economic development director, and Mark Geise, deputy planning and economic development director and project manager. Major contributors to the project who were not present at the awards banquet include County Executive Greg Edwards, John Buerkle and Mike Kotyk of project consultant Pashek Associates; Lisa Schmidtfrerick-Miller, steering committee chairperson; and Don McCord, county senior planner.

Development of the Chautauqua County Greenway Plan, which was a approved for funding by the Chautauqua County Legislature in 2012, took more than a year and consisted of broad community stakeholder input. A top recommendation from the County Comprehensive Plan: Chautauqua 20/20, the Chautauqua County Greenway Plan provides a prioritized list of recommended actions to be taken to develop a system of water and land-based trails and greenspace, as well as areas to be conserved, that will serve to promote and preserve natural assets and act as an economic development catalyst. The Chautauqua County Greenway Plan was completed in April, and various demonstration projects from the plan are underway. Chautauqua County was awarded the same award for the County’s Comprehensive Plan – Chautauqua 20/20 in 2011.

The American Planning Association is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States. The APA was formed in 1978 when two separate professional planning organizations, the American Institute of Planners and the American Society of Planning Officials, were merged into a single organization. The American Institute of Certified Planners is now the organization’s professional branch.

The Chautauqua County Greenway Plan can be viewed