RFP: Town of East Greenbush Comprehensive Plan

The Town of East Greenbush is seeking competitive proposals from qualified planning consultants and consultant teams who are interested in carrying out an update to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, first adopted in 1993 and updated in 2006. In addition, consultants are encouraged to include in their proposals optional services outlined in this RFP, including an update to the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning Law (“Zoning Update”), adopted in 2008, and the Western East Greenbush Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“GEIS Update”), last updated in 2009.

A Plan Update will assist the Town Board, the Planning Board, and Town Planning & Zoning Department gauge the direction that citizens and various other stakeholders within the community would like to see the Town move towards. The Comprehensive Plan Update, Zoning Update, and GEIS Update are intended to work together as planning tools and form the foundation of the Town’s land use planning, growth management, and community design framework. This RFP is an opportunity for the East Greenbush community to determine the vision for the future of East Greenbush and address changes affecting the Town in a coordinated and integrated way. The Town views the planning process itself as critical to the success of the project and the implementation of its recommendations.

The Plan Update must provide guidance to the Town on how to appropriately address and guide new development and redevelopment within the community while also meeting the service demands that come with community growth. It is the goal of the Town to update the Comprehensive Plan every ten (10) years.

For more information see the RFP and please visit the Town’s website [https://www.eastgreenbush.org/departments/purchasing/bid-opportunities].

The deadline to submit proposals is no later than April 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM. The proposal submittal should be submitted in a sealed envelope labeled “RFP 18-03: 2018 Comprehensive Plan Proposal” and delivered to: 

Town of East Greenbush
Attn: Town Clerk
225 Columbia Turnpike
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Planner / Grant Writer

Laberge Group based in Albany, New York has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and talented planner / grant writer. This individual will work collaboratively with our team to prepare and assist in the preparation of grant applications for a wide range of municipal clients, as well as assist with portions of planning documents such as:

·       Comprehensive & Master Plans

·       Zoning Regulations & Land Use Laws

·       Shared Services, Consolidation, and Dissolution Studies

·       Brownfield Opportunity Area Plans

·       Open Space/Recreation Plans

·       Environmental Assessments (SEQR/NEPA)

·       Community Development Strategic Plans

·       Main Street & Downtown Revitalization Plans

·       Waterfront Revitalization Plans

·       Economic Development Plans

·       Grant Administration and Management 


·       Bachelors in planning or related field required; Masters preferred.  

·       Excellent technical writing and computer skills are required. 

·       Must be accomplished in the management of multiple projects with excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills. 

·       Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word and Excel required.

·       Experience Adobe Creative Suite and ESRI ArcGIS software preferred.

·       Excellent work ethic.

Salary or hourly rate will be based on experience.

The position is based in Albany, NY.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, and resume to: Laberge Group, 4 Computer Dr. Albany, NY or e-mail hr@labergegroup.com


Laberge Group, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has provided quality Engineering, Survey, Planning and Architectural services to government and private sector clients throughout New York for over 50 years. Visit our website at www.LabergeGroup.com 

Assistant Transit Specialist Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council

The Assistant Transit Specialist is a junior-level position required to work under the supervision of senior staff. The Assistant Transit Specialist will help oversee the operations of the County’s Public Transportation System (C TRAN) under the general supervision of the MPO Director and Deputy Director and the direct supervision of the Transit Specialist. The County contracts with an independent contractor for transit management and operations. The incumbent will assist in monitoring the contractor’s performance to ensure that the company provides transportation services in a safe and efficient manner. The Assistant Transit Specialist will also help to provide supervision of the Mobility Manager and performs other related tasks as assigned. 


·       Assist in monitoring the County transit system to ensure smooth daily operations;

·       Assist in overseeing C TRAN’s operation to ensure that the transit system is operated in full compliance with all regulations applicable to public transit;

·       Monitor adherence to bus operation safety guidelines and licensing and training requirements;

·       Monitor transit performance measures. Identifies gaps in services and evaluates proposed new and revised services;

·       Help to directs the allocation of resources for the most effective and cost efficient provision of transit services;

·       Assist with organizing monthly Transit Board Workshops, and leading workshops when Transit Specialist is unavailable;

·       Make recommendations to the Chemung County Transit Board, the Chemung County Legislature, and ECTC staff and committees regarding service changes, fares, capital program and managing federal funds provided through various grants;

·       Provide supervision to the Mobility Manager;

·       Oversee the capital and operating budget projects;

·       Monitor revenues and expenditures and adjusts budget costs;

·       Assist with preparation and submission of federal and state grant applications and reports;

·       Supervise the development and maintenance of a comprehensive data collection and analysis program to analyze transit programs, services and projected needs;

·       Monitor the transit marketing program to enhance ridership and to provide information to existing and potential passengers;

·       Develop good working relationships with other agencies and private carriers in the planning of service for residents; and,

·       Prepare a variety of written and oral reports, including appropriate sections of UPWP, LRTP and TIP reports.


·       Knowledge of a variety of software systems and records, particularly Microsoft Excel;

·       Ability to analyze data and prepare reports; and,

·       Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

The following skills, while not required, would be useful for this position:

·       Knowledge of County geography;

·       Some knowledge of the principles, practices and regulations governing public transportation programs;

·       Some knowledge of public administration policies and procedures related to budgeting, grant procurement and purchasing.


A)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree; or

B)     Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered college or university with an Associate’s and two (2) years of experience in planning, civil engineering, grant writing, business, accounting, public administration, or a closely related field; or

C)     Graduation from High School or possession of a General Equivalency Diploma and four (4) years of in planning, civil engineering, grant writing, accounting, business, public administration, or a closely related field: or

D)    An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits above.

ECTC asks interested parties to submit their resume in PDF format to Tina Hager, Transit Specialist, at thager@co.chemung.ny.us for consideration.


Planning Intern, WSP USA

WSP USA is currently looking to a hire a part-time Planning Intern to work in the Buffalo, NY office for the Summer of 2018 (approximately May-August). The part-time Intern will be expected to work approximately 20-30 hours per week. WSP is currently engaged in a number of high profile, transformative transportation and urban planning related projects across the Buffalo Niagara Region. This internship will afford the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience working on these exciting projects. This internship is available for a creative and hard-working junior, senior, or graduate student currently enrolled in an urban planning or related field at an Undergraduate or Graduate program. Click on the link below for more information and to apply.

More Information

Director of Community Services, NYS Homes and Community Renewal

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) fosters the creation and preservation of high quality affordable housing, while working strategically to revitalize neighborhoods and communities throughout the Empire State.  Under the leadership of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas, HCR is a vibrant, innovative agency that integrates and leverages New York State’s housing resources.  We have offices in New York City, Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, and employ a diverse workforce of professionals who are hard-working and committed to serving low and moderate income families.  Our mission is far reaching, encompassing single and multifamily housing finance, home improvement, rent regulation, housing subsidies, and community development.  We partner regularly with a variety of public and private stakeholders.

Achieving this mission requires a wide range of skills and backgrounds in public policy, administration, real estate, architecture, finance, law and many other areas of expertise.  We seek to provide a workplace environment that is productive, flexible, accountable, ethical and caring.  Our employees are empowered to make a difference where they live and work.  We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision, retirement and family-friendly policies.

For more information, see the Attached Document

RFP: Comprehensive Plan for the City of Watertown, New York

The City of Watertown is requesting proposals from qualified planning consultants to provide professional services related to the preparation of the City’s first Comprehensive Plan. The City was awarded a Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies grant from Empire State Development, which, along with a local match, will be used to pay for the plan. Interested firms should have experience with land-use planning, transportation, economic development, public involvement processes and possess the ability to apply and effectively present innovative planning concepts to policy makers and the general public. The selected consultant shall be responsible for completing all the actions listed in the “Scope of Work” section of this document. Additional action items may be identified during the scoping process that may require adjustment of the proposed Scope of Work. The selected consultant should be prepared to take the lead in the planning process. 

For more information, see the Attached Document

Citywide Arts and Culture Master Plan - City of Mount Vernon, NY

The City of Mount Vernon’s Urban Renewal Agency (the “Agency” or “URA”) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants with experience in cultural planning to develop a Citywide Arts and Cultural Master Plan (the “Master Plan”).  

The goal of the Arts and Culture Master Plan is to create a common vision for the role that arts and culture should play in the City of Mount Vernon (the “City”), as well as to ascertain what aspects of that vision can guide policy and programming to enhance the quality of life for Mount Vernon residents, businesses and visitors. The Master Plan will include implementable initiatives to enhance the City’s existing arts and cultural infrastructure by analyzing existing data and national trends, catalogue assets and developing a public participation plan.

A community-wide multilingual public participation program is an essential component to creating a widely accepted Arts and Culture Master Plan.  Specifically, the Master Plan will reflect the community’s desire to utilize arts and culture to enhance the sense of community; enhance economic vitality that is linked to arts and culture; create and support an environment where arts and culture thrive and enrich the community culturally, aesthetically, educationally, and economically.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Planner Position, New York Planning Federation

NYPF is a statewide, membership supported not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1937 to promote sound planning, land use and zoning practice in New York State which fosters orderly growth and development balanced with the protection of natural resources. NYPF is the only statewide organization that places its emphasis on training planning board and ZBA members. New York Planning Federation also provides workshops and training programs at both regional and state-wide levels with topics and up-to-date information geared to both newcomers and experienced planners.

The New York Planning Federation (NYPF) will be hiring a Part-Time Planner who will be hourly paid and who will work directly for the Executive Director of the New York Planning Federation.  Qualifications:  Master’s Degree ( preferred ) in planning or related field; and/or AICP accreditation/3 years experience working with local Planning and Zoning boards, the hours and days are flexible but must be willing to work out of the Albany office located at 600 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207. Duties include the following:

  1. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Provide small-scale technical assistance to NYPF member communities on request, provided that it is either supplemental to other local planning or regulatory efforts and does not compete unduly with the private sector. Most of this assistance is with the development of comprehensive plans, audits of plans and land use regulations and generic information related to planning in New York.  Individual project review and specific legal opinions are not expected and will not be provided. Answer telephone and email questions and requests for information from planning and zoning board members and other members planning and zoning issues. Do limited research and provide links and references as needed.
  2. CONFERENCE PLANNING: Assist in planning for the annual NYPF conference by providing ideas for speakers and topics, working with the APA on providing cm credit; establishing code enforcement credit and working with the bar association on providing CLE credits.  The Planner will also assist in writing up the awards announcements, by making one or two presentations at the conference and by helping at the registration table and as otherwise needed.
  3. NEWSLETTERS: The NYPF produces four annual full newsletters and 7 enews each year. The Planner will help to write planning articles and book reviews, or find writers for articles for the Planning News.
  4. GRANTS AND CONTRACTS: Pursue contracts with appropriate state agencies, authorities, corporations, not-for-profits and foundations to obtain funding to develop additional Municipal Officials Guides on various aspects of planning. Write grants in special instances in which NYPF staff has the interest and expertise to work either with a community or communities on a model, novel or regional approach to planning that can be replicated elsewhere.

Position is part-time, approximately 15-20 hours per week.  Hourly rate will be based on experience. If interested please send resume to JBreselor@nypf.org; or mail to NYPF, 600 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207

Senior planner, Laberge Group

Laberge Group based in Albany, New York has an exciting opportunity for a motivated and talented mid-level/senior planner. This individual will work collaboratively with our team to prepare and assist in the preparation of: 

  • Comprehensive & Master Plans 
  • Zoning Regulations & Land Use Ordinances 
  • Shared Services, Consolidation, and Dissolution Studies 
  • Brownfield Opportunity Area Plans 
  • Open Space/Recreation Plans 
  • Environmental Assessments (SEQR/NEPA) 
  • Community Development Strategic Plans 
  • Main Street & Downtown Revitalization Plans 
  • Waterfront Revitalization Plans 
  • Economic Development Plans 
  • Grant Writing, Administration and Management

The preferred individual will have significant experience in zoning, the local land use approval process, and shall possess the skills to take a lead role in managing tasks. We are looking for a planner who can communicate (written and verbally), has a strong technical aptitude, and enjoys working in a collaborative environment. 

For more information, see the Attached Document

Call For Newsletter Submissions

In preparation for the next Chapter Newsletter, we are looking for newsletter submissions. All submissions should be well written, concise (at most 500 words), and apply to current topics of interest in the planning field. If the piece is longer, an abstract should be submitted and the full text will be posted through a blog post. Each piece should be submitted with a related image. The due date for submission is March 10th at 8:00am.

Please send submissions to info@nyupstateplanning.com

Planner, Sullivan County Division of Planning & Community Development

The Sullivan County Division of Planning & Community Development is seeking a PLANNER to join a team of professionals providing leadership and technical assistance to 21 municipalities in the scenic Catskills region of upstate New York. Sullivan is a diverse rural county within a 2 hour drive from New York City. Encompassing nearly 1,000 square miles, it includes the redeveloping “borscht belt” summer resort area, the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center at the site of the historic 1969 Woodstock festival, the southern portion of New York State’s Catskills Park, and the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. A new five-star luxury casino resort is opening here in March which is expected to bring 4 million annual visitors, 2,000 new jobs, as well as ancillary development. 
The new Planner will be responsible for coordinating reviews of local planning and development actions referred to the County, and will conduct a varied range of tasks related to such projects as an update to the County’s Comprehensive Plan and programs to promote permit streamlining, signage upgrades and demolition of blighted properties. Duties include assisting with the development and implementation of planning studies and programmatic initiatives; identifying, applying for, and administering state and federal grants; providing technical assistance to local municipalities, community groups and businesses; preparing and conducting written, oral and graphic presentations to inform legislative bodies, governing boards, agency heads, and the general public; conducting community outreach and facilitating public meetings; and working collaboratively with other County divisions and outside agencies. 

(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Master's Degree or higher in planning or a closely related field; or
(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor's Degree or higher in planning; architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, environmental studies, geography, public administration or a closely related field and two year of experience in municipal, community or regional planning. 
Salary: New Hire: Entry: $46,842.00; Full $49,307.00
County Employee after 2 Years: Entry: $52,047.00; Full $54,786.00

This is a competitive class position subject to the civil service examination process.  
Submit application/resume to Sullivan County Personnel Department, 100 North Street, PO Box 5012, Monticello, NY 12701 The position will remain open until filled. 
EEO/AA Employer

Administrative Assistant, The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank

The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank (GMVLB) is a community development organization. The mission of the organization is to strategically acquire abandoned properties, eliminate barriers to their redevelopment, and sell rehabilitated properties to new, responsible owners to return the property to the tax rolls. Land Bank activities will support related community revitalization efforts including, but not limited to, zoning amendments, code enforcement, comprehensive plan updates, community health initiatives, and small business and workforce housing development.

We are seeking a full-time office administrator to support the staff as follows:

-    Coordinate office activities to assure efficiency and compliance with policies

-    Manage agendas

-    Manage phone calls and correspondence

-    Support budgeting and bookkeeping procedures

-    Create and update records and databases

-    Track stocks of office supplies and order when necessary

-    Prepare proposals as assigned

-    Assist colleagues whenever necessary

-    Take minutes of Board & Committee meetings

Preferred candidates will:

-    Have an interest in community development and civic service

-    Have experience in office administration

-    Show technological aptitude (experience with Apple Mac computers a plus)

-    Demonstrate an ability to adapt to different work environments

-    Show dependability and attention to detail

-    Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

-    Have purchasing experience

-    Have experience with online marketing and social media

-    Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and some knowledge of QuickBooks

The office will be located in Central Herkimer County.  We are looking for someone who has flexibility in their schedule, as there will be some evening meetings.  As a full-time position, work weeks will average between 35 and 40 hours per week.

The salary for this position will range between $30,000 and $35,000 annually, depending on qualifications; benefits, including paid vacation time, will also be part of the compensation package.

Please forward a cover letter, resume (including your email address & phone number) and three (3) references via email to info@gmvlb.org or via USPS mail (please no phone calls) to:

c/o Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank
PO Box 69
Mohawk, NY 13407-0069

Deadline for submission is Monday, February 26th, 2018 at 5 PM. Resumes submitted without cover letter and references will not be considered.

Please Note: The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the policy of the Land Bank to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Experienced Planner, Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board

STE is the community’s local resource for federal investments with the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development Administration, where annual funding opportunities are available for non-profits and municipalities across the 8 member counties of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga, and Tompkins.

STE is looking for a talented grant writer to manage our local Area Development program. Recent investments include Hartwick’s Center for Food and Craft Beverage, Broome County’s Regional Farmer’s Market, Binghamton University’s Center for International Business Advancement, CADE Building Value-Added Dairy & Meat Processing Capacity in NYS, Tioga Arts & Agriculture Trail, Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and Innovative Readiness Training Medical & Engineering Programs in Cortland and Norwich.

A Bachelor’s degree in planning or closely related field and two (2) years related experience is required for the position. Proficient computer skills, experience with grant writing and grant management, administering government contracts, regional analysis and/or policy development is necessary. The right candidate will understand multi-county initiatives, have excellent written communication and data analysis skills, be able to perform under deadline pressures with limited supervision and handle diverse project activities.

This is a competitive civil service position, titled Regional Development Analyst II, with a flexible 37.5 hour work week, starting salary of $44-55K and platinum health care benefits. STE is an equal opportunity employer and member of the New York State and Local Retirement System. Full-time positions are available in Binghamton and Oneonta.

For consideration, please send your letter of interest and resume to ste@steny.org.

News from APA National

Urban Climate Action Network (UCAN)

Do you work with high school students in a disadvantaged urban community? APA and its partners have formed the Urban Climate Action Network (UCAN) to empower high-school aged teens to address climate change in their communities by providing a three-year program of leadership training, technical assistance from scientists and experts, and the resources of a national network. Youth teams will travel to Baltimore for a week of experiential learning and interaction with leading climate scientists and communications experts. For more information, visit planning.org/research/ucan/. Application deadline is Thursday, February 15, 2018.


Thank You, 2017 APA Ambassadors!

We thank 2017's APA Ambassadors for their passion and commitment to sharing the value of planning and planners with youth and community leaders. These dedicated members volunteer their time, experience, and talents to organize activities in local schools, youth clubs, career fairs, and more.

The APA Ambassador Program is a national effort to support member volunteers in their work to educate and engage local students and community members.  In conducting these activities, APA hopes our Ambassadors can reach future planners with diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 

Interested in volunteering? Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Ambassador year.  You must be an APA member in good standing and commit to conducting two activities per year. APA will support you along the way!  Deadline is January 30, 2018. 


Share Your Perspective On Planning Education

As we begin the new year, APA is focusing on the importance of members' education goals. How can the association better serve your educational interests? Share your thoughts with APA by completing a short Education Needs Assessment Survey. The survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete and will help APA shape its educational programs. 


2018 Walking College

Passionate about walking but not sure how to make your community more walkable? America Walks invites you to apply for a 2018 Walking College Fellowship to help you build a local walking movement and take your advocacy work to the next level. The application process will be open from February 1-28, 2018, and there's an "Orientation to the Walking College" webinar on February 8th.  America Walks is an inclusive organization and we seek applications from diverse individuals who are interested in getting more involved in the walking movement.

DRB Coordinator/Assistant Zoning Officer, The Town of Shelburne

The Town of Shelburne is seeking a full-time DRB Coordinator/Assistant Zoning Officer to serve as primary staff person for Town’s Development Review Board; process applications for land use permits; and play a key role in coordinating project review.

A complete job description is available at www.shelburnevt.org/237/Human-Resources.

Specific duties include: assisting applicants; scheduling and attending DRB meetings; interpreting plans; preparing staff reports; writing decisions; receiving complaints of alleged violations; and assisting with enforcement matters. This position reports to the Director of Planning and Zoning and is supported by a part-time administrative assistant.

The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in land-use planning, public administration, or related field and a minimum of one year of related experience.

This is an opportunity for a person who thrives in a busy and challenging setting, is detail-oriented/quality-driven, and is able to excel in a team-oriented, customer driven environment. The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be fluent with pertinent computer software.  Competitive salary and benefits.

Send letter of interest and resume to:

Susan Cannizzaro, Human Resource Coordinator
P.O .Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482

Deadline: February 21, 2018.  Resumes will be reviewed as received.  The employment start date is negotiable.  Incumbent DRB Coordinator/Assistant Zoning Officer is leaving to attend graduate school.

Equal Opportunity Employer

President's 2018 Sponsorship Letter

Dear APA Members:

I am writing you to offer you the opportunity to sponsor the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day in 2018. Today, our 600+ members across the region represent professional planners in a wide variety of organizations. The annual website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day sponsorship offers a cost effective way for your organization to reach our professional membership and promote your services and products throughout the year.

Chapter sponsorship enables your organization to be recognized by our members in the Chapter website, annual events, and The Upstate Planner, our electronic newsletter sent to members three times annually. Last year we overhauled the website to make it more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. I encourage you to check it out by visiting www.nyupstateplanning.org. On average, the website receives more than 2,000 visits per month. This year, as a sponsor, your organization will be recognized by sponsorship level during the Spring Planners Day and on promotional materials used that day.

Each year, we strive to offer valuable professional development opportunities. This Fall, the Central NY Section hosted a successful Chapter conference in Syracuse. It was a condensed conference because the National APA Conference was held in NYC in May. Despite having a national conference in our home state the same year. One hundred twenty attendees took advantage of new learning opportunities at the Syracuse conference. In March, we held a Spring Planners Day at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. The one-day event included three sessions providing CM credits at a minimal cost to our members. We are actively planning events to bring planners together including a Spring Planners Day in Syracuse which will take place in March 2018 and are hosting our annual Chapter conference in Ithaca, October 3-5th.

In order to communicate these Chapter initiatives through our website and newsletter sponsorships, we need your support. I hope that you will demonstrate your commitment to the New York Upstate Chapter of APA in 2018, and consider a sponsorship. Please take a moment to look over the attached form to see which level best suits your firm. We are always looking for new ways to promote our Sponsors. If you have suggestions, we would appreciate you forwarding them to us. Furthermore, to make this process easier for you this year we have added a fillable form and the option to send payment though the Chapter’s website. We hope this will be a more efficient way for you to show your support.

If you have any further questions, please contact me or our Chapter Administrator, Jen Topa at 585-354-3214 or jen@highland-planning.com.


Katie Evans
Chapter President