Title: Building Child and Age Friendly Communities – Lessons from Rome…for New York

You’re invited to this special program on Building Child and Age Friendly Communities coming up next Friday 9/22 being co-sponsored by the Cornell Department of City and Regional Planning, Engaged Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, CaRDI, and Southern Tier Section of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Date: September 22, 2017

Location: Milstein Hall on the Cornell University Campus.  12:00 - 5:00 with poster reception in Milstein Dome. Additional schedule details, including the afternoon workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 exploring links to NY State are below. Professional planners in the region are welcome to attend any portion of the program. AICP CM credits to be made available.

Presenters: Students from the Rome Workshop and Sullivan County Engaged Cornell Projects

What makes a city child and age friendly? Students in the Cornell in Rome program focused on four peripheral neighborhoods in the Eternal City, Rome, Italy, to try and find our answer. Rome revealed surprising insights into what makes a place hospitable for children and the elderly. First is the physical layer: transportation, land use planning, housing, services and public space. Next is the social layer: community groups, market associations, libraries, schools, senior centers and residents. We find that while the physical layer is important, the social layer can ameliorate or exacerbate deficiencies in physical planning. Insights from Rome offer cautions and hope to community planners in the US where physical design is often inadequate.  

The Rome workshop student panel from 12:20 -2:00 will be followed by a poster session and reception in Milstein Dome from 2:00 -2:30. An afternoon workshop will explore the links to New York State from 2:30-4:30. This will include Prof Mildred Warner presenting results of national surveys and students presenting research in Sullivan County, New York, followed by a panel of New York experts and a discussion with planners and community leaders from around New York State. The event will conclude with a dinner/reception from 4:30-6:00.

Event Cosponsors: Engaged Cornell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, CaRDI, Southern Tier Section of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association

Organizer: 

Professor Mildred Warner, Cornell University  www.mildredwarner.org

Confirmed Panelists:

Todd M. Fabozzi, Director of Sustainability, Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Colleen Monaghan, Executive Director Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sullivan County, NY

Esther Greenhouse, Built Environment Strategist, Ithaca, NY

Sue Dale Hall, Executive Director, Child Development Council, Ithaca, NY

Lorraine Maxwell, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

William Armbruster, Senior Advisor, AAPR Livable Communities, Community, State and National Affairs

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RFP: Rochester Citywide Housing Market Study

The City of Rochester is seeking proposals from qualified Consultants (“Consultant”) to prepare a new Citywide Housing Market Study (“Project”) to help inform housing, development, and neighborhood revitalization strategies for inclusion in its Comprehensive Plan Update, which is currently underway. A new Citywide Housing Market Study is needed to better understand current and potential breadth, depth, and diversity of housing types, markets and market segments, financing tools, and emerging trends, as well as to identify the best data, methods, indicators, and collaborative strategies that can help the City, its residents, and partners to achieve more balanced, sustainable growth. 

Proposals are due by Wednesday, October 11 at 5pm.

If you are interested in responding to this RFP, questions are due by noon on Friday 9/22 (submit in writing to Elizabeth.Murphy@cityofrochester.gov) and answers will be posted to the RFP website on Fri 9/29. 

For more information, see the Attached Document.

Senior Landscape Architect, Town of Amherst, NY

Amherst, a vibrant community of 126,000 residents, is the premier suburb of the City of Buffalo in western New York. Over the course of the past several decades, Amherst has undergone major changes that have reshaped its role in the economy of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. After a long history as a rural-agricultural community, the Town has emerged as an affluent bedroom community with a diverse economy, driven in part by the opening of the North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Amherst has transitioned into one of the region’s major employment centers accommodating over 103,000 jobs.

Distinguishing Features of the Position: 

Under the direction of the Planning Director, the Landscape Architect will prepare and review urban design plans, site concept plans, grading/drainage plans, landscape plans, construction drawings, specifications and cost estimates as related to existing and proposed park, recreation, open space, roadway and building site development. The incumbent gives direction to project engineers, architects and contractors involved with landscaping and park/trail, pedestrian and bicycle facility projects. Related work includes; review of site and landscape plans for commercial development and residential subdivisions; grant writing and administration; review, preparation and administration of local laws regarding landscaping and tree preservation; assists with the preparation of comprehensive plans and various planning studies as they relate to environmental issues and park, recreation and open space planning. 

Deadline:
Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to the contact listed below by 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2017

Contact Information
Address: Robert McCarthy, Director of Human Resources
Town of Amherst
5583 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
United States 

For more information, see the Attached Document

Entry-Level Planner, Town of Amherst, NY

Amherst, a vibrant community of 126,000 residents, is the premier suburb of the City of Buffalo in western New York. Over the course of the past several decades, Amherst has undergone major changes that have reshaped its role in the economy of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. After a long history as a rural-agricultural community, the Town has emerged as an affluent bedroom community with a diverse economy, driven in part by the opening of the North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Amherst has transitioned into one of the region’s major employment centers accommodating over 103,000 jobs.

Distinguishing Features of the Position:

The Entry-level Planner’s assignments involve assisting experienced staff in the performance of planning and research activities related to long-range community planning including studies required for the maintenance of the adopted Comprehensive Plan and related master plans. Work is performed as a team member lead by a higher classified planning staff member and does not require the exercise of supervision over specific planning projects or activities.

Deadline:

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to the contact listed below by October 9, 2017

For more information see the Attached Document.

Sponsor the 2017 New York Upstate APA Chapter Conference!

We are writing to invite you to sponsor the 2017 New York Upstate American Planning Association chapter conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 13th at the beautifully restored Marriott Syracuse Downtown formerly known as the Hotel Syracuse.  Breakfast will be followed by two concurrent tracks of sessions.  Lunch will incorporate the annual business meeting and awards ceremony.   There will be one session after lunch with a tour to close out the day.  The conference is an opportunity for planners and community advocates to learn and share successful strategies for revitalization in the Upstate region.  Please consider joining us at Onondaga Historical Association on Thursday evening for a private viewing of the acclaimed movie Beneath the Surface: The Storied History of Onondaga Lake. There will be a social hour at 317 Montgomery Street at 5pm (next door to Onondaga Historical Association) before the movie which will begin at 7pm.

We hope that you will join us at this important event and invite you to review our sponsorship opportunities.  Due to the length of the conference, there are fewer larger opportunities to sponsor, but we are looking for many smaller commitments to help offset the cost of the event.  All sponsors will be appropriately recognized.  All sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 3, 2017.  For information on availability, please contact Jen Topa by phone at (585) 354-3214 or jen@highland-planning.com.

Sponsorship Letter

Sponsorship Form

Landscape Designer, Bergmann Associates

Position and Essential Functions: 

Bergmann Associates is now accepting resumes for a Landscape Designer located in our Rochester, New York office. The successful candidate will bring a passion for urban planning and design to the team. We are only interested in applicants with an entrepreneurial spirit willing to put the time and effort into establishing a long-term career with Bergmann Associates. 

Our award winning landscape architects work on a range of design projects including signature corridors and complete streets, parks and trails, site design and college and university campuses. Our landscape architects work closely with our urban planners on a wide range of projects including brownfield re-use planning, park master plans, regional plans, comprehensive plans, zoning and regulatory code develop-ment, design guidelines and waterfront revitalization plans. 

Work responsibilities will include the ability to communicate graphically with plan and perspective render-ings, create photosimulations, the ability to work on construction drawings and specifications, create presentation materials including PowerPoints and presentation boards, and be able to communicate ef-fectively in writing and presenting to a large group of people. Prospective candidates must possess the ability to work well in a collaborative environment with other design professions including architects, plan-ners and transportation engineers. 

All prospective candidates will be required to submit a portfolio of their work demonstrating their graphic abilities along with 2-3 references associated with a design profession. 

Relationship to Others: 

 Reports directly to Practice Leader 

 Works in close collaboration with more senior landscape architect and design project teams 

Education, Experience, Certifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, or comparable experience; 

 Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite; 

 Proficiency with Sketchup; 

 Proficiency with AutoCAD Civil 3D; 

 Proficiency with Microsoft Office; 

 Ability to create project graphics (plan view renderings, perspective graphics, photosiumlations, etc.) and be able to demonstrate their graphic abilities through their portfolio; 

 Ability to articulate ideas verbally and in written form; and 

 The ability to present information to a large group. 

Work Environment: 

Works primarily in well-lit collaborative professional office setting. 

Apply: 

Send resumes to hr@bergmannpc.com 

Planning Assistant, Livingston County Planning Department

This is para‑professional planning work in the County's Planning department.  The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Deputy Planning Director and the general supervision of the Planning Director.  The incumbent assists the Deputy Planning Director by working on planning research and data collection and in higher-level duties as directed and supervised by the Deputy Planning Director.  Duties may be performed in the office or the field.  Incumbent must be willing to attend and participate in evening meetings. Does related work as required.

For more information see the Attached Document

​​​​​​​City Planning Intern, City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development is an interdisciplinary office of professionals that apply progressive urban planning practices to preserve and protect neighborhoods, manage and promote adaptive land use, and guide sustainable growth in our community. The Department is seeking 2 unpaid interns to assist Planners in project review, regulatory and public noticing compliance, and the administration of the Historic Resources Commission (HRC), Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and Planning Board (PB). 

Responsibilities

This internship offers experience in a variety city planning tasks and provides individuals an opportunity to become familiar with City Government. Responsibilities include: 

 Draft agendas, presentations and decisions for HRC, BZA and PB workshops and meetings 

 Assist planners with development application processing and project reviews 

 Zoning and land use analysis 

 State Environmental Quality Review 

 Data entry 

 

Qualifications

 Students currently involved in graduate coursework related to urban and regional planning 

 Strong research and data analysis skills 

 Attention to detail 

 Strong written and verbal communication skills 

 Proficiency with Microsoft Office products 

 Ability to work independently under general supervision

Position Details

This is an unpaid internship that will take place from October through January with the possibility of an extension. Successful applicants are expected to work approximately 15-20 hours per week at the Planning Office located at 200 Henry Johnson Boulevard. 

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter by 5 PM on Monday, September 25th to Yasmine Robinson at yrobinson@albanyny.gov. 

Annual Conference Registration Opens!

Thursday, October 12th: Thursday evening will begin with a social hour with appetizers and drinks at the restaurant 317, which is located at 317 Montgomery Street Syracuse. Immediately following will be a private showing of Beneath the Surface, the storied history of Onondaga Lake, at the Onondaga Historical Association.  Participate in the evening CM session, network and socialize with your peers, and spend the night in Syracuse. A block of rooms will be available at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown until September 20th at $152.00 for a single king bed.  Register for the Marriott Syracuse Downtown by clicking on this link. If you prefer to book by phone you must speak to the hotel directly and refer to “New York Upstate Chapter of Planners” when booking. The number to use is 315-474-2424.

Friday, October 13th: The day’s events will be hosted at the beautifully restored Marriott Syracuse Downtown formerly known as the Hotel Syracuse.  Breakfast will be followed by two concurrent tracks of sessions.  Lunch will incorporate the annual business meeting and awards ceremony.   Concurrent sessions will continue after lunch with a tour to close out the day.

You can register at http://www.nyupstateplanning.org/annual-conference

 

Housing Development Specialist, City of Utica

The City of Utica announces that a vacancy exists at the City of Utica for

Housing Development Specialist

Salary: $37,960 - $42,485

Eligible for Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance – 20% contribution

Membership in the NYS & Local Retirement System is mandatory

Classification:   Competitive, CSEA position

Candidates must be legal residents of the City of Utica for at least (4) four months immediately preceding the date of the examination. 

Distinguishing Features of the Class:

This position involves responsibility to perform work in the planning and development of affordable and assisted housing and related programs.  Works involves conducting planning and feasibility studies for affordable housing development and rehabilitation, and neighborhood redevelopment.  Incumbents prepare and implement funding proposals and coordinate efforts to fulfill program requirements.  The work is performed under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Urban and Economic Development or designee within the department with leeway allowed to exercise use of independent judgment in carrying out details of the work.  Supervision is exercised over subordinate program and clerical staff as warranted.  Does related work are required. 

Typical Work Activities:

Manages administration of the City’s annual HOME entitlement monies including program development, subrecipient monitoring, reporting and compliance review; 

Performs responsible administrative work involving program development, evaluation, research, public information, and management assistance functions for the Department of Urban and Economic Development;

Participates in strategic planning for assisted and affordable housing programs;

Prepares program applications for financial assistance and participates in negotiations with funding sources;

Performs feasibility and preconstruction planning for subsidized housing construction and rehabilitation, neighborhood and area redevelopment, and target area planning;

Conducts studies and collects data to determine the availability of resources for funding current or new programs, and writes reports;

Submits proposals for the allocation of program resources.

Performs a variety of related duties as necessary and as requested.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of subsidized housing development, urban renewal, housing rehabilitation, and neighborhood revitalization;  thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of community development planning, affordable housing policy, fair housing, state and federal housing policies and funding programs and some knowledge of real estate development;  thorough knowledge of research techniques, methods and procedures;  ability to communicate orally with customers, clients or the public in face-to-face, one-on-one settings, using a telephone, or in group settings;  ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar; ability to interpret and apply federal, state and local ordinances, laws and regulations related to housing and community development programs;  ability to work cooperatively with other City departments, other governmental agencies, private organizations and the public;  ability to collect, analyze, interpret, and report demographic, economic, and other research data;  ability to make significant decisions and exercise resourcefulness in resolving new problems;  ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish effective working relationships with a wide variety of people particularly with government and community based agencies; ability o understand and interpret complex oral and written information; resourcefulness; initiative; good judgment; tact and negotiation abilities.  Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position. 

Applications:

Applications/Resumes should be submitted to City of Utica, Attention:  Brian Thomas, Urban and Economic Development, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica, New York 13502. 

Resumes must be received by the Civil Service Office no later than: August 25, 2017. 

For more information about this position, please call (315) 792-0227, and see the Attached Document.

Senior Planner, Town of Malta

Town of Malta seeks to appoint a qualified FT senior planner to be responsible for community planning projects within the Town.  Minimum starting salary of $51,000 depending on qualifications and experience.  Good benefit package. Provisional appointment subject to civil service testing.

Minimum Qualifications: Either:

(a)     Master’s Degree in Architecture, Planning, Landscaping Architecture, Engineering, or related field and one year of experience in community planning; OR

(b)    Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, or related field and three years of experience in community planning; OR

(c)     An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated in (a) or (b). 

Send resume to Town of Malta, 2540 Route 9, Malta, New York 12020 (Senior Planner Position) or e-mail comptroller@malta-town.org or atozzi@malta-town.org .  Applications should be

The Town of Malta is seeking a Senior Planner to be responsible for community planning projects within the town.

Applications should be received by 9/15/17.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Planner II, Monroe County Department of Planning and Development 

This is a professional level planning position responsible for administering the development review process for Monroe County. Work involves the interpretation and application of laws, rules and regulations governing land use controls. Work may also involve field visits, including nights and weekends. The employee reports directly to, and works under the general supervision of, an administrative level planner. Supervision of subordinate staff is not a responsibility of this class. Does related work as required. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

EITHER: 

(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, environmental sciences, geology, or landscape architecture, plus three (3) years paid full-time or its part-time equivalent research or planning experience at a professional level in any of the following: housing, OR transportation, OR other physical planning, OR land use planning, OR environmental planning, OR comprehensive planning** OR preparing land use regulations, OR zoning administration, OR site design, OR a closely related field***; OR, 

(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree including successful completion of twenty-seven (27) semester credit hours in Land Use Planning or Environmental Science**** plus four (4) years of paid full-time or its part-time equivalent experience as defined in (A) above; OR, 

(C) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Master’s degree in urban planning, geography, environmental planning, environmental sciences, geology, landscape architecture, or a closely related field, plus one (1) year of experience as defined in (A) above. 

**Comprehensive planning is defined as working with or developing plans with or within a municipality. Comprehensive plans are master plans that direct land use or development for a municipality. 

***Closely related fields include natural resource planning, agricultural planning, water resource planning, economic development and housing planning. 

****Applicants qualifying under (B) above must provide a student copy of their transcript. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 

Candidates for employment with Monroe County Government will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test, along with a background investigation. Failure to meet the standards may result in disqualification.  

If you are appointed, you will be required to possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate your capacity to meet the transportation needs of the position. 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: 

Applicant must be a resident of Monroe County at the time of appointment and for at least four (4) months at the time of examination. APPLY ONLINE HERE OR SEND CIVIL SERVICE APPLICATION TO: 

MONROE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
39 WEST MAIN STREET, SUITE 210
ROCHESTER, NY 14614 

Save the Date: 2017 Fall Conference

Please join your fellow NYU Chapter members for the 2017 Conference on October 12th and 13th in Syracuse! 

Thursday, October 12th:          Participate in the evening CM session, network and socialize with your peers, and spend the night in Syracuse.  Hotel reservations for the conference may be made by calling the Marriott Syracuse Downtown at (315)474-2424.  A block of rooms will be available until September 13th at $152.00 for a single king bed.  Check out photos of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown by clicking on the following link:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/syrmc-marriott-syracuse-downtown/

Friday, October 13th:                 The day’s events will be hosted at the beautifully restored Marriott Syracuse Downtown formerly known as the Hotel Syracuse.  Breakfast will be followed by two concurrent tracks of sessions.  Lunch will incorporate the annual business meeting and awards ceremony.   There will be one session after lunch with a tour to close out the day.

Please submit session ideas and proposals to kevans@town-victor-ny.us.  We want to offer you training on topics that interest you so please pass along your ideas!  The Chapter Board and CNY Section leadership are working diligently to finalize details so registration can open.  Please watch your e-mail for details!

NY Upstate APA Co-Sponsoring New York State’s First Bike Summit

Planners are invited to attend September 15th event, AICP CM Credits Available

On Friday, September 15, 2017, from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) will host the New York State Bike Summit at the Hearst Center in Albany. The first annual NY State Bike Summit is being organized by the New York Bicycle Coalition as an effort to bring together professionals across multiple sectors who play a role in making New York a more bike and walk-friendly state. The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to support NYBC in making the summit a success.

Government officials, engineers, planners, advocacy leaders, bicycle clubs, and educators will gather to present, network and strategize for the transformation of New York into a leader in safe active transportation.

“In putting together the wide ranging content for this event – workshops, plenaries and roundtable discussions – it is clear there is tremendous interest in the New York Bike Summit, which frankly is long overdue,” says NYBC Executive Director, Paul Winkeller. “We are eager to draw from the experience of Summit attendees as we craft a strategy for creating opportunities for more, and much safer, bicycling in New York State.”

Topics will include bike share; advocacy; bike equity; Vision Zero; education and safety; public health; ecotourism and green transportation; data and technology; trails; mountain biking, electric bikes; mass transit; bridges, and funding. A full schedule of the day’s speakers and events can be found online at: https://newyorkbicyclingcoalition2017.sched.com/

Because of the New York Upstate APA’s co-sponsorship of the summit, APA members will receive an exclusive $10 discount off of the $110 registration fee, bringing the cost down to $100 for APA Members. AICP CM credits will be available for most sessions. Register online at: https://newyorkbicyclingcoalition2017.sched.com/tickets. The online discount code for APA members is: APAMember.

"The truly exciting thing about this event is the range of panelists we're able to bring in who are working to advance the bike movement and have something important to share. From the person who works with their disabled friend to help them stay on a bike, all the way up to high ranking government officials overseeing the $200 million Empire State Trail project, everyone has something to contribute to the bike movement.” says Kyle Hatch, Summit Coordinator. “By bringing all these people together, we're celebrating that there are people from all walks of life who love to bike and want to see New York become a better state for biking and active transportation. This summit is the embodiment of that spirit."

Find the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1353583761399092/

 

Records Management and Archivist Intern

The City of Albany’s Department of Planning and Development is an interdisciplinary office of professionals that apply progressive urban planning practices to preserve and protect neighborhoods, manage and promote adaptive land use, and guide sustainable growth in our community. The Department is seeking 2 unpaid interns to organize and archive documents, photographs and maps related to the Historic Resources Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Board. The Records Management and Archivist Interns will assist City Planners in the extraction of data from paper records, digitization and organization. 

For more inforemation, see the Attached Document

RFP: Downtown Revitalization Plan for the City of Watertown, New York

The City of Watertown is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a Downtown Revitalization Plan. The City was awarded a Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies grant from the New York State Department of State, which will be used to pay for the plan. Watertown is fortunate to have a historic downtown that generates jobs and provides opportunities for entertainment and families. This has not always been the case. Watertown’s downtown faced decades of decline throughout the 1980s and 1990s as a result of residents and businesses leaving the area as well as a lack of community involvement. 

Seeing a dire need to stimulate growth and vitality and reverse the decline of the downtown area, the City of Watertown has been working diligently in recent years to initiate a revitalization of its core. Many historic buildings have recently undergone rehabilitation and the area is seeing many positive changes. This has created new places to live and allowed new businesses to open their doors. In order to sustain the positive momentum, a revitalization plan is necessary to provide direction and guidance for future revitalization efforts. 

For the full RFP, see the Attached Document

RFP: Downtown-Riverfront Parks Connection Feasibility Study for the City of Watertown, New York

The City of Watertown is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a Downtown-Riverfront Parks Connection Feasibility Study. Connecting downtown to the riverfront has long been a major goal of the City of Watertown, and this Feasibility Study will contain significant recommendations towards achieving that goal. The City was awarded a Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies grant from the New York State Department of State, which will be used to pay for the plan. 

The City will use the Feasibility Study to improve connections for pedestrians and bicyclists from the City's downtown Public Square to two of its riverfront parks, the Veterans' Memorial Riverwalk and Whitewater Park. The Study will include survey work, topography studies, right of way analysis, preliminary design alternatives, cost estimates and implementation recommendations. 

This project will advance the vision created in the City of Watertown's 2010 draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). Developing a pedestrian-oriented connection to draw people from Public Square to the downtown waterfront was the most important priority that citizens identified during the public participation process for the LWRP. This linkage is the most critical to the long-term success of the waterfront and to sustaining momentum for the continued revitalization of Public Square. 

A specific recommendation of the LWRP was to create a plan to address public access and circulation improvements within and between downtown and the waterfront. The City intends this Feasibility Study to fulfill that recommendation. 

In addition to serving City residents, the trail and park system is a regional attraction, drawing users from the nearby military base at Fort Drum, as well as the rest of Jefferson County, and other parts of New York State. The Black River attracts thousands of kayakers and rafters annually and offers biking and hiking opportunities along its shores. The City's trail and park system improvements will provide tourism and economic benefits on a local, regional, and state level. 

The Feasibility Study will include connection and design options, as well as projected costs to provide enhanced connections from the City's downtown Public Square to two of its riverfront parks, the Veterans' Memorial Riverwalk and Whitewater Park. The connection faces a topographic challenge, as there is a significant elevation change between Public Square and the riverfront, with narrow width of the right-of-way in certain locations. To determine the best course of action on how to make the connection, the Feasibility Study will provide preliminary design alternatives, cost estimates and recommendations on the best way to achieve the goal of connecting the downtown Watertown area with the riverfront parks. 

The City of Watertown, in recent years, has established real momentum in its downtown and waterfront revitalization efforts. Substantial public and private sector investments have been made in the very concentrated Public Square area and the City has continuously invested in the creation of trails and parks along the river. 

As an objective of the Feasibility Study, the City envisions creating a physical connection between these two assets, which would contribute significantly to the attractiveness and livability of the area. This will enable the City to overcome one of the most difficult identified pedestrian gaps. The new connection should not merely accommodate pedestrian movement between Public Square and the riverfront; it should actively encourage such pedestrian trips. 3 

Qualified firms will have a broad expertise in civil engineering, pedestrian and bicycle connection design, and capital improvement design. A New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Environmental Protection Fund grant is funding this project. 

For the full RFP, see the Attached Document

City Planner, City of Rochester NY

The City of Rochester is seeking a City Planner. The salary range is $46,497 to $61,636/Annually. Typical work activities include: 

  • Conducts research studies to determine the feasibility of alternative plans in areas such as land use and transportation
  • Analyzes a variety of information and data to determine potential effect on elements of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Compiles documentation regarding individual development proposals for review by City or other land-use regulatory boards or agencies
  • Provides technical and procedural information to less senior planners
  • Prepares project proposals and reports to secure funding and/or comply with regulations or contract requirements
  • Provides support in such areas as information management, regulatory review and revision, application and site plan processing and other special projects
  • Attends board and staff meetings to discuss and present information about site plan proposals
  • Reviews applications and supporting documentation and determines if plans comply with zoning and related regulations
  • Identifies special processes available to or required of applicants seeking approval for land-use proposals
  • Provides information to the public in person and by phone regarding planning regulations, procedures and activities
  • Prepares correspondence related to various activities and decisions, according to prescribed standards
  • Analyzes proposals to determine if they comply with regulations or are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan
  • Responds in writing and by phone to requests for information by extracting data from materials on hard copy and computer files
  • Uses office automation equipment and processes to prepare reports related to a variety of topics in city planning. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS AT 5:00 PM ON Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For the full job posting, see the Attached Document, or the Online Listing

We need your ideas!  Member feedback requested for Fall Chapter Conference.

The Chapter Board is working in conjunction with the Central NY Section on the fall conference scheduled October 12th & 13th, 2017 in Syracuse.  We are looking to our membership to submit session proposal ideas or desired session topics to Katie Evans at kevans@town-victor-ny.us as soon as possible or by Wednesday, August 9th. 
 
This is a different format than a typical fall conference and the annual Planners Day events at SUNY ESF.  Thursday is intended to start late afternoon/early evening.  Plans are close to being confirmed but we are looking at a possible movie screening, panel discussion (CM credit), and social activities to follow.  The idea is to offer a fun event Thursday evening, spend the night in Syracuse, network with your peers, and start sessions early Friday morning.  Friday’s events will be held at the beautiful historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly known as Hotel Syracuse).  Friday’s schedule will include breakfast the Chapter’s annual business meeting and awards ceremony during lunch.  Tentatively you could secure up to six CM credits on Friday not counting Thursday’s activities.  We would really like to provide sessions of interest to you so your feedback is greatly appreciated.  If we can secure enough speakers there will be two tracks running concurrently in the morning, totaling eight sessions.
 
The Chapter Board and CNY Section is working to keep registration at a very reasonable price.  Final details will be announced soon along with a link for registration.  Hotel reservations for the conference may be made by calling the Marriott Syracuse Downtown at 315-474-2424.  A block of rooms will be available until September 13th at $152.00 for a single king bed.  Check out photos of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown by clicking on the following link:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/syrmc-marriott-syracuse-downtown/
 
WHAT     2017 Fall Chapter Conference
WHEN  Thursday October 12th & Friday October 13th, 2017
WHERE   Syracuse!

We look forward to hearing from you!