Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop

The City of Syracuse invites you to join us June 27th for the upcoming Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop, a day-long session designed to introduce the principles behind neighborhood-based real estate development projects.  The workshop offers specialized training about how to create small projects (typically 1-3 story buildings, less than 20 units, residential/commercial/ or mixed-use). Through presentations on finance, design and site selection, a hands-on practice exercise, and networking with local like-minded people, this workshop is the first step to becoming a small developer yourself or creating a supportive ecosystem for small development in your community.

Who should attend?

  • Individuals in construction, design, planning or real estate looking to either enhance their current practice or make career transition
  • Volunteers or professionals in business associations, main streets associations, historic preservation groups and neighborhood improvement groups looking to champion incremental development in their communities
  • Public sector professionals in city management, economic development, planning, and related agencies who are looking to make it easier for small development projects to occur in their town
  • Professionals in non-profit development organizations, churches, and community development or housing development organizations who need new strategies for small lot development
  • Private banking professionals specializing in mortgages, commercial real estate loans or SBA loans and professionals as at Community Development Financial Institutions and Community Foundations who want to become more effective investors

The workshop is conducted by the Incremental Development Alliance, and is being organized by a host committee including the City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, the Allyn Foundation, the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency, Greater Syracuse Land Bank, Home Headquarters, EDR, and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association.  The Incremental Development Alliance is a national non-profit that works to strengthen neighborhoods through ground-up real estate development.

Transportation/Transit Planning Professional, Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study

The Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS) is the Metropolitan Transportation Organization (MPO) for Herkimer and Oneida County. The MPO is hosted by Oneida County and is cooperatively housed within the Oneida County Department of Planning. HOCTS staff are jointly Oneida County Department of Planning staff.

HOCTS currently has a mid-level position open, which requires a highly technical, motivated, and experienced transportation/transit planning professional. The individual selected will be expected to contribute to work program task items, conduct technical work, engage with stakeholders and the public, work collaboratively with staff and partner agencies, and contribute to the overall direction of the transportation program. The ideal candidate will demonstrate superior knowledge and experience in the practice of transportation planning. They will have experience in transit planning, community planning, or regional planning. They will have a working knowledge of State and Federal transportation planning regulations and experience navigating regulatory and reporting requirements. Additional experience with managing federal discretionary grants, contract management, general program administration, knowledge of public agency administration, and experience with MPOs and their processes is highly desirable.

This position will perform a wide range of transportation and transit planning functions. These include but are not limited to providing: technical assistance developing the long-range plan, oversight for rural transit systems, grant administration, support services for various committees, research to identify opportunities for transit service connection, innovation for multi-modal connectivity. Specific assignments may include management of requirements for federal and state reporting standards and measuring the effectiveness of transportation investments through planning performance measures using software programs (ArcGIS, MS Excel, and other analytic tools). Generally, the ability to compile, develop estimates and projections, analyze, interpret, and present transportation data while working across a variety of transportation modes and through the planning process simultaneously is critical. To facilitate this, proficiency in current Windows based software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and other relevant planning tools is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to draw together the right resources (people, processes, and tools) at the right times, and the ability to motivate people to realize the benefits of transportation planning efforts. With a demonstrated history of successful planning project work, they will coordinate and plan for enhancements to promote all modes of transportation, multimodal connectivity, and safety throughout the transportation network in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. They are skilled in consistently and effectively managing time and workload, take a proactive approach to assignments and are ready to work in a challenging, complex, and always evolving work environment.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Webcast: Retrofitting the Urban Environment: What’s New?

Retrofitting the Urban Environment: What’s New?

June 20, 2018, 1 - 2:30 PM

Location:  Albany County Health Facility, 175 Green Street (entrance from parking lot), Auditorium,  

175 Green Street, Albany, NY

Watershed professionals face many unique challenges when integrating effective stormwater management into our urban landscapes, streetscapes, and other elements of the built environment.  This webcast will explore the unique stormwater design approach for applying stormwater management criteria on urban lands, and profile innovative stormwater practices adapted to the ultra-urban setting. Case studies will explore the lessons learned from implementing practices in these densely developed areas.   (CWP Description)

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Since many ask, the Coalition purchased this webcast for viewing by the interested public at the location listed as part of their stormwater education and outreach program. While we track attendance, have people sign in, and send participants a certificate of completion, we cannot extend PDH credits. You may however be able to receive PDH credits by registering directly with the Center for Watershed Protection. To learn more, contact the Center for Watershed Protection (http://www.cwp.org/webcasts/).

RFP: Village of Falconer Comprehensive Plan

The Village of Falconer is located in Chautauqua County in the western portion of New York State. The Village has an estimated population of 2,348 and a strong manufacturing base. The Village of Falconer has not undertaken a planning effort for several decades. Over the past two years’ fires have devastated a portion of the Villages downtown core. The impact of these events has brought the community together to begin to talk about the future of the downtown region and the Village as a whole. As a result, the Village successfully applied for an Empire State Development planning grant to develop a comprehensive plan for the community.

The Village of Falconer has three objectives for the proposed comprehensive planning effort. Due to limited funding, the Village realizes that the planning effort may need to be phased as the Village works to secure additional funding. The following are the objectives for this planning effort:

  • Complete a Village wide comprehensive plan for future development and investment in the Village. The planning process utilized will focus on the Village’s vision and values, land use, infrastructure and economic and demographic trends.
  • Ensure that the community participation portion of the planning effort is robust so all citizens have the opportunity to be heard.
  • A downtown corridor plan with conceptual sketches and guidance on implementation steps.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Land Bank Director, Wayne County

The Wayne County Land Bank is seeking a Program Director. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the program director is responsible for overall management and operation of the Wayne County Land Bank (WCLB) and protection of the organization’s financial assets while ensuring compliance with board directives and applicable grantor, federal and state requirements. 

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Community Development Program Administrator, City of Peekskill

The City of Peekskill, located in Westchester County, is seeking a full-time Program Administrator (Community Development) for the Department of Planning and Development. Please see the attached job description for a complete list of duties and responsibilities. 

Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest, City of Peekskill Application, Résumé, and Writing Sample to the City of Peekskill Human Resources Department, 840 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. Please submit this material via e-mail to the Department of Human Resources at jduncan@cityofpeekskill.com and to the Department of Planning at jfriedman@cityofpeekskill.com. Employment Applications can be obtained from the Human Resources Office or the City’s website (Human Resources Department): http://www.cityofpeekskill.com/sites/peekskillny/files/file/file/application_employeement.pdf 

There are no residency requirements to participate in the application process, but preference in appointment may be given to qualified candidates that have been City of Peekskill residents for at least 30 days prior to the effective date of appointment. 

The City of Peekskill is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 12, 2018

For more information, see the Attached Document

New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association Staff Consultant Services RFP

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (the Chapter) is one of 43 Chapters of the American Planning Association. With approximately 700 members, the mission of the Chapter is to serve and support the professional, student, and citizen planning communities in New York State and to improve the quality of life through planning. The Chapter facilitates the individual participation of members in the affairs of the American Planning Association and is charged with furthering the purposes of the American Planning Association in the New York Upstate Chapter area. 

Since 2012 the Chapter has required the services of a self-motivated, detail-oriented consultant to provide on-call, as-needed administrative support services to the Chapter’s Executive Board. The Executive Board is comprised of volunteers who rely heavily on the Staff Consultant to keep routine tasks on-schedule. 

The Chapter is requesting qualified planning and/or organization management firms, related businesses, or individuals to submit a statement of qualifications demonstrating qualifications that show the necessary fundraising, organizational management, website, clerical, and associated skills required to assist the day-to-day activities of the Chapter. 

For more information, see the Attached Document.

RFP: Planning in Water’s Way, Southern Tier Central Regional and Planning Development Board

The Southern Tier Central Regional and Planning Development Board (STC) is undertaking a project titled “Planning in Water’s Way” to promote economic resilience to flood risks within the I-86 Innovation Corridor in Chemung and Steuben Counties, New York. This corridor extends from the Town of Erwin in Steuben County to the City of Elmira in Chemung County. The project area encompasses the Cities of Corning and Elmira; the Towns of Big Flats, Corning, Erwin, Horseheads, and Elmira; and the Villages of Elmira Heights, Horseheads, Painted Post, Riverside, and South Corning.

As part of this project, STC is seeking services of a consultant to utilize FEMA’s Hazus-MH software tool (or a comparable model) to conduct a quantitative analysis of the physical, economic, and social impacts of flooding within the project area and then to evaluate mitigation options for existing and future development. These data will be used to develop recommendations for increasing the viability of existing businesses based on identification of feasible mitigation options, estimates of project costs, and quantified assessment of the potential benefits. 

For more information, see the Attached Document

Assistant Planner, The City of Troy

The pay grade and salary range for this position is: CSEA Grade 17, Salary Range: $45,232 – 66,336 

This is entry-level professional planning work including office and field assignments in connection with municipal, regional, or community planning. These assignments may include participation in studies involving research, investigation and analysis of sociological, economic, and environmental factors related to municipal, regional, or community planning. Work assignments may increase in level of complexity and responsibility as the incumbents’ professional competence increases. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Planner. Occasional supervision may be exercised over subordinate planning personnel. Does related work as required. 

Typical Work Activities: (Illustrative Only) 

 Reviews entire range of development proposals for consistency with City codes and ordinances (primarily the City Zoning Ordinance) and issues appropriate decisions. 

 Participates in studies involving research, investigation and analysis of physical economic and environmental factors related to municipal, regional, or community planning. 

 Leads planning studies projects and programs as assigned. 

 Assists in collection, tabulation, and analysis of data, including census statistics, land use, economics, natural resources, etc. 

 Plans and conducts field studies and surveys. 

 Assists applicants for development projects to prepare paperwork and appropriate responses for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board reviews. 

 Prepares meeting agendas and technical staff reports. 

 Coordinates project reviews including the SEQRA environmental review for projects with other public and private entities. 

 Coordinates City staff review of projects to ensure timely completion and mailing of staff report packages. 

 Coordinates public notifications. 

 Prepares and files decisions within appropriate time constraints. 

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills and Personal Characteristics: 

Good knowledge of the purpose, principles, practices, methods and terminology used in municipal, community, or regional planning; good knowledge of techniques used to gather data for statistical analysis and reports; working knowledge of the sociological, economic, environmental, engineering, design and research factors in problems involved in community planning; working knowledge of the principles and practices of drafting, mapping, and graphic visual methods; working knowledge of basic research methods and techniques; ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions; ability to communicate well orally and in writing; ability to conduct field studies and research projects in development of community planning projects; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, environmental studies, public administration or a related field. 

OR

Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, environmental studies, public administration or a related field and two (2) years of experience in the fields of planning, public administration, accounting, grant administration or a related field 

The selected qualified candidate will be required to take an exam administered by the NYS Dept. of Civil Service and become reachable on the resulting eligible list to secure permanent status in the title. If not a Troy resident, the successful candidate will have ninety (90) days to move into the City and maintain residency. 

The City of Troy is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Hiring and promotion decisions in the City service are based solely upon qualifications and ability, and the City does not discriminate on any other basis. Minorities are encouraged to apply. 

Please forward Employment Application indicating that you meet the minimum qualifications of the position by June 8, 2018 to: 

Personnel Office, City of Troy, 433 River St, Troy, NY 12180; 

OR email employmentopportunities@troyny.gov

OR fax to 518-268-1686 

ASSISTANT PLANNER, JEFFERSON COUNTY

The Jefferson County (NY) Department of Planning has an opening for an entry level Assistant Planner position.

Jefferson County is located where Lake Ontario flows into the St. Lawrence River and at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains with a wide collection of vibrant small communities including traditional farming landscapes, scenic waterfronts and historic villages.  The County is also home to Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit is the US Army.

Responsibilities include:  collection of statistical data, project and program research, and development of written reports to assist the Department’s programs in the areas of county planning and economic development; resource and environmental management; and information, demographic, and data services.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Environmental Studies; or

Associate's degree in Planning, Geography, or Environmental Studies or related field and two years of experience in municipal, community or regional planning; or

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

NOTE:  Candidates will be required to submit a college transcript with their application.

Salary:$36,054-$45,991 with excellent fringe benefits including health insurance & NYS Retirement. Civil Service exam required for permanent appointment. EOE

Send application and resume to: Jefferson County Department of Human Resources 175 Arsenal Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Or apply online at www.co.jefferson.ny.us. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Junior Planner, Warren County

JUNIOR PLANNER

Salary: $37,835 Full-Time with Benefits

Warren County is seeking a Junior Planner. Position will be filled based on Civil Service requirements. A provisional appointment will be made with examination to be held at a later date. Candidate must meet civil service requirements for appointment following establishment of eligible list. This is a beginning professional level planning position involving assignments relating to various phases of municipal, community, county and/or regional planning programs and projects. The work may include assignments relating to small scale individual planning projects or single aspects of larger planning projects and programs. The work is carried out in accordance with well-established and accepted professional planning techniques and procedures, under the direct supervision of a higher level planning professional. May be required to attend evening meetings in various localities relating to related assignments. Does related work as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, environmental studies, natural resources or related field.

RESIDENCY:

Must be a resident of Warren County or a contiguous County at time of appointment. Applications may be obtained from www.warrencountyny.gov/civilservice Interested candidates may submit an Application and Resume by June 8, 2018 to:

Wayne E. LaMothe, AICP
Warren County Planning Department
1340 State Route 9
Lake George, 12845
(518) 761-6410
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WARREN COUNTY IS AN EOE/AA EMPLOYER

Town Planner, Town of Guilderland

The Town of Guilderland is accepting letters of interest and resumes from candidates interested in applying for the position of Town Planner. Competitive salary depending on qualifications and experience along with excellent benefits. This is a provisional appointment subject to civil service testing.

This is an advanced level position which involves specialized technical work related to town planning. Incumbents are responsible for performing research, preparing reports and studies, and recommending solutions to complex planning problems. This class is equivalent to Senior Planner in the nature of work and the level of responsibility. Work is performed under the general supervision of Town Supervisor with considerable leeway allowed in carrying out work assignments. Supervision of others may be a responsibility of the position. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

  • Performs studies involving research, investigation and analysis of sociological, economic and environmental factors related to town planning:
  • Prepares specialized planning projects such as land development, community development, economic development, transpo1tation, housing, water, supplies and others including statistics, data, plans, designs, charts, records and reports;
  • Drafts and submits grant applications to state, federal and private agencies associated with the area of planning and community development;
  • Collects and analyzes data (including census data) in connection with work assignments;
  • Plans and conducts field studies and surveys:
  • Represents the planning agency or planning board at conferences of local government officials;
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on the more complex local zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations in compliance with statutory requirements;
  • Meets with town planning boards, zoning, legislative bodies and other public officials and provides information to the public by phone or in person.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS. ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Thorough knowledge of the purposes, principles, and terminology employed in town planning, zoning and subdivision principles;
  • Good knowledge of current problems and literature in the field and research methods and techniques, federal and state programs related to the planning process;
  • Good knowledge of the techniques used ln preparing specialized planning projects such as land development, economic development, transportation, water, supplies and others;
  • Working knowledge of federal and state aid or grant programs available to counties and municipalities and of modern office terminology and equipment;
  • Ability to understand complex oral and written directions, have initiative and resourcefulness and good judgment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EITHER:

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s degree in Planning or a related field and two (2) years of technical work experience in planning or a related field; OR,

B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field and three (3) years of technical experience in planning or related field.

Send resume to: Town of Guilderland. Department of Human Resources. PO Box 339, Guilderland, NY 12084 or e-mail efawd@togny.org

For more information, see the Attached Document

Planner I, Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

Milone & MacBroom, Inc. offers a full integration of specialty practices in community planning, civil engineering, water resources engineering, landscape architecture, water and wastewater engineering, transportation engineering, and construction administration to bring projects from the planning level through construction.

We are seeking an entry-level Planner to support senior staff in a team setting at our corporate office located in Cheshire, Connecticut.  The position will be responsible for analysis, preparation of reports and planning graphics, conducting public outreach, and developing recommendations on diverse and complex planning assignments.

Our planners approach every assignment with an appreciation for the uniqueness and vision of our clients and communities.

Skills:

This position requires skills in the following:

  • Understanding of the principles and practices of municipal planning and urban design
  • Technical knowledge in demographic, housing, land use, and economic analysis related to planning activities
  • Demonstrated experience in working with local officials, citizens, and nongovernmental organizations in the public outreach processes
  • Critical thinking and strong communication skills (graphic, written, and interpersonal) are essential.
  • Proficiency in Esri ArcGIS is a must.
  • Efficient, thorough, detail oriented, and dedicated to quality work
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • ·  Ability to work in a collaborative team environment across numerous disciplines

Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in planning or a closely related field and at least two years of experience in planning or urban design while gaining increasing responsibility are preferred.
  • Well-developed ability to translate planning data into concise, easily understood materials for broad dissemination
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)is highly desirable
  • Quantitative analytical skills using Microsoft Excel and other related tools

Travel, attendance at evening meetings, and a driver's license are required.

We are committed to giving back to the community in which we live and work.  We are a team of talented, committed, and energetic people who are motivated by challenge, diversity, and team success.  We offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salary, opportunities for advancement including professional development, and a fast-paced working environment.  Come join our team!

Position is open until filled.  Submittals are kept in strict confidence.

To learn more about this opportunity, please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and other relevant work samples to:

https://www.miloneandmacbroom.com/careers

Milone & MacBroom, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

 Senior Planner Position, Permanent Full-Time, Chautauqua County 

Chautauqua County, located in Western New York by beautiful Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie, has a population of over 129,000 residents and thousands of visitors each year. The County is home to an ever growing, diverse and active arts and culture scene, beautiful, quant villages, family owned farms, the Lake Erie Wine Trail, many outdoor recreational activities, and the widely known, Chautauqua Institution. In addition, Chautauqua County is proud to be the home of Southern Tier Brewing Company, the new Jamestown Brewing Company, the National Comedy Center, and many unique and locally owned businesses. 

The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Community Development (CCPCD) is an award winning planning and community development department with offices in Jamestown, New York. The CCPCD is seeking a creative and energetic planner to become a part of our team as a Senior Planner. The Department prides itself on providing a vibrant and supportive team environment in which employees can grow, learn, explore, and be challenged. 

Candidates for the position must enjoy working in a team environment and on a diverse and complex range of projects. The diversity of communities in Chautauqua County calls for broad planning knowledge and practice, in the last few years alone the planning topics covered by the office included, but were not limited to: agricultural and rural planning; food systems planning; solar and wind energy facilities; community revitalization and economic development assistance; mountain biking, cycling, pedestrian, snowmobile, and equestrian trails; complete streets; and the development of New York State’s largest inter-municipal Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. 

A successful candidate for the position can expect to be a part of a Farmland Protection Plan update, the creation of an Economic Development Strategy, Main Street development and revitalization programs and trail development and other planning programs over the next two years. The Senior Planner would lead development of regional planning and economic development programs and initiatives, assists county departments and local municipalities in their planning endeavors, and may be called upon to write and/or administer grants. While being an integral part of the team, the successful candidate must be self-directed and have excellent project and time management skills. 

This position is a competitive civil service position and will be filled on a provisional basis pending the outcome of a future dated Civil Service examination for this title. A description of the duties and minimum qualifications required are detailed on the Chautauqua County website. Chautauqua County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Interested Candidates should complete the Chautauqua County Application for Examination and Employment and send it to: 

Chautauqua County Department of Human Resources
Gerace Office Building, Room 144
3 North Erie Street
Mayville, NY 14757

Planner, Sullivan County

 Up and coming Sullivan County has a wide collection of vibrant small communities including traditional farming landscapes and hamlet downtowns. The County was foundational in the locavore movement and has been a place of refuge for artists, artisans and young farmers. Join a team of professionals providing leadership and technical assistance to 21diverse municipalities in this scenic Catskills region of upstate New York.
The Division of Planning, addresses a wide variety of planning issues and community needs including economic and small business development, farmland protection and agricultural development, open space, recreation and trails, tourism, place making, health, mobility, etc. This is a mid‐level professional planning position involving the performance of a variety of municipal, regional or community planning assignments. These assignments may include being the team leader for individual planning projects and programs or for single aspects of larger projects. Planners may also serve as staff for advisory boards as assigned. Work assignments may increase in level of complexity and responsibility as the incumbents’ professional competence increases. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Assistant Commissioner and/or the Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Management. Occasional supervision may be exercised over subordinate planning personnel.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either:
(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 years 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.


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HOW TO APPLY
Submit application and resume to Sullivan County Personnel Department, 100 North Street, PO Box 5012, Monticello, NY 12701. Or apply online.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
EEO/AA

RFP: Natural Resource Inventory, City of Saratoga Springs

The City of Saratoga Springs intends to complete a Natural Resources Inventory—a comprehensive ecological analysis of the municipality—to provide a scientifically-informed foundation upon which to base the update of the 2002 Open Space Resource Plan as well as to create a future Climate Resilience and Vulnerability Assessment. 

The Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) will provide the City of Saratoga Springs with information on the important, naturally occurring resources that are essential to the City’s long-term viability and quality of life. Such resources will include, but not be limited to: 

• Geology and Soils (Bedrock and Surficial Geology; Soils; Slopes) 

• Water Resources (Groundwater and Aquifers; Watersheds; Streams and Waterbodies; Floodplains; Wetlands (using NWI classification); Impervious and Pervious Surface Coverage; Potential and Known Sources of Contamination) 

• Habitats and Wildlife (Significant Biodiversity Areas with the City; Unfragmented Habitat Blocks; Stream and Riparian Habitat; Wetland Habitat; Forests, Grasslands and Shrublands; Rare Plant and Animal Species and Significant Natural Communities) 

• Climate Conditions and Projections 

• Cultural Resources (Scenic Resources, Recreation Resources, Historic Resources) 

• Land Use (Zoning and Tax Maps; Land Use and Land Cover; Tree Canopy Cover in the Urban Forest; Farmland, Conservation and Public Lands) 

The NRI will identify the important remaining natural resources, assess the threats they face, and recommend conservations practices that might better protect these resources. Focus of the NRI shall be on protection of water resources, landscapes and scenic resources, ecosystems, unusual and sensitive habitats, historic and archeological sites, and species of conservation concern. The City’s 2002 Open Space Plan, 2015 Comprehensive Plan, 2013 Urban and Community Forestry Master Plan, Working Plan for Historic Preservation in Saratoga Springs, and the Parks Master Plan (ongoing) support this framework. 

The City is spread out over a large land mass of over 16,000 acres. Within the community there is a 2,000-acre State Park and over 3,500 acres of freshwater wetlands. Development is largely concentrated in the City’s urban core, while a low density development “greenbelt” of more than 3500 acres in the City’s outer region surrounds the core. 

The City has established a smart growth “City in the County” vision for its future development. While new growth is expected to be focused in the core area of the city, there remains development pressure on the more rural lands that surround the core. The City still lacks a thorough and scientific understanding of the importance and extent of its natural resources, the threats to those resources and the best conservation approach to support the vision of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan and the City’s “City in the Country” smart growth model. 

The City of Saratoga Springs municipal boundary will define the study area. Recognizing that natural resources cross political boundaries, inventory maps will extend approximately one-mile beyond the municipal boundaries. The consultant should include separate considerations and recommendations for the inner versus outer districts’ open space such as the creation of pocket parks in the inner district. 

This project is partially funded with a grant from New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Climate Smart Communities Program. As a Consultant to the City, the DEC considers the Consultant a Subcontractor to the City and therefore must adhere to NYS Master Contract for Grants - Attachment A-1 Program Specific Terms and Conditions Standard Clauses for All New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Contracts.