Planning4Places is part of a team led by CDM Smith, selected for the on-call consultant pool to provide services through the Local Design Services Agreement (LDSA) program for NYSDOT Regions 1 and 7.
The Greene County Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Plan is now available for review. The draft Plan can be found at: http://greenegovernment.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Website-posting-for-Draft-HMRP.pdf
The Plan reviews the County’s risk from natural hazards such as flooding and winter storms and provides an approach to reduce impacts from natural disasters and includes strategies to make the County sustainable and more resilient.
Jim Levy is now the Vice Chair of the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC). He also continues to serve as the Chair of the Transportation Committee which focuses on transportation issues and opportunities.
Planning4Places (as part of a team) recently helped complete the Building a Better Broadway project for UCTC and the City of Kingston. The Final Plan is available online at: http://ulstercountyny.gov/planning/broadway-corridor. The Plan details streetscape improvements and changes to the nearly one mile Broadway Corridor. Many recommendations to improve safety and mobility throughout the corridor are detailed including connections to regional trails and adjacent neighborhoods and development of what could be one of the few separated bike lanes (cycle tracks) in New York State.
Planning4Places assisted with public outreach logistics, QA/QC, and development of the plan documents.
Planning4Places is assisting E.3 Consulting in reviewing and updating the City of Corning, NY’s residential zoning districts to address their housing needs. Planning4Places will be conducting stakeholder outreach, including interviews and roundtable discussions, and will be working with E.3 to develop a diagnostic report on recommendations for zoning changes. Following that review, we will be updating the residential zoning districts within the City.
Planning4Places, as a subconsultant to AECOM, is working with Greene County to develop their Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). Our work involves assisting with public meeting development and facilitation, public outreach, development of Jurisdictional Annexes (the community profiles), and additional on-call plan development as needed.
The mitigation plan focuses on local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from natural hazards such as floods, severe storms, severe winter storms, earthquakes, and landslides. The plan will meet the federal planning requirements that require local governments to develop a hazard mitigation plan to be eligible for funding. For more information, please see the Greene County Emergency Services website.
It was an exciting few days at the Schenectady JCC. On Sunday, August 2nd, roughly two dozen volunteers came together to complete Teva Play – Natural Outdoor Playspace and Classroom by building Phase 2 and improving Phase 1. In conjunction with JCC staff, Kathy helped prep for and manage the volunteer Community Build and oversaw the construction of the tike track, balance area, and some maintenance work in Phase 1. Jim and Kathy also built a gas station/EV charging station, stop light, and stop sign for the tike track.
Kathy worked with the Davey Tree Expert Company which graciously donated their time, supplies, and a large crane to lift the 12’ x 25” car log into place and to place another 20+’ of logs for use as balance beams and stumps. The crane definitely got the attention of everyone on the campus that morning – especially the children.
The Community Build was featured on the front page in The Daily Gazette. The next morning children at the JCC were amazed at the new facilities built for them and couldn’t wait to get out to use them. We are thrilled to once again be a part of improving the JCC grounds and expanding upon the already popular Phase 1 space constructed by volunteers in September 2014.
If you are interested in planning, designing, and building your own Natural Outdoor Play Space and Classroom, please contact us today to discuss your project!
The Planning4Places team was recently selected by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) to provide Complete Streets training to CDTC member communities. Along with our teaming partner Sam Schwartz Engineering, a national practice leader in alternative transportation, we will be delivering a series of educational workshops to local governments on Complete Streets Basics, Complete Streets Policy Development, and Complete Streets Implementation.
If your community is interested in applying to have this free training, the application can be found at: http://www.cdtcmpo.org/compst/solicit15.htm
Applications are due by September 11, 2015.
Jim was recently appointed to the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC) and has been tasked with leading a newly formed Transportation Committee which will focus on transportation issues and opportunities. SCEAC’s vision is to “…work to develop solutions in cooperation with other agencies, groups, and citizens to protect and preserve the environment of Schenectady County.”
Jim is excited to be able to utilize his professional skills and 17 years of experience to give back to the community and help improve the environment within Schenectady County.