ASCE Roc the Riverway

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The ROC the Riverway initiative is a bold and progressive plan to revitalize the severely underutilized Genesee Riverfront in the core of Rochester, New York. It represents years of planning and community engagement around a myriad of potential riverfront projects, culminating in a captivating and  cohesive vision for revitalizing the city’s most significant natural asset.  Excitement is building as the State of New York recently announced funding in the amount of $50M for the first phase of the initiative, a collaboration of 13 projects on Rochester’s Riverfront.

Speakers:             Kevin Kelley, AICP Associate City Planner, City of Rochester

                              Thomas Hack, P.E.  Managing Engineer, City of Rochester

Senior Planner, Bethlehem New York

The Town of Bethlehem, New York is seeking a professional Planner. Candidate should have knowledge of the principles, terminology and practices involved in town-wide planning; including thorough knowledge of zoning, site plan and subdivision review practices, environmental regulations, economic development and comprehensive planning. The preferred candidate has considerable experience working with the public, public officials, professional, and civic organizations and has strong written and oral communication skills.

The Senior Planner position works under the supervision of the Director of Planning. Roles and responsibilities of the Senior Planner position include providing assistance to the Planning Board during review of subdivision, site plan, and special use permit applications; working with Planning Department staff and Town Committees on various planning initiatives; collecting, analyzing and presenting data; and preparing grant applications. Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems practices is a plus.

Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in City & Regional Planning, Sociology, Economics, Urban Geography, Government, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Architecture or other similarly related field and four (4) years of experience in municipal, regional or community planning. A Master’s Degree in the fields listed above can account for two (2) years of experience.

The Town of Bethlehem offers a competitive salary and a benefits package including paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, medical and dental insurance, and New York State Retirement.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume by October 12, 2018 to: Mary Tremblay-Glassman, Director of Human Resources at To learn more about us, please visit our website at

Planner, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning


Reviews and prepares County responses to NYS G.M.L. 239 L and M municipal zoning referrals. Reviews planning and environmental aspects of Federal and State assisted projects; Prepares planning reports, including appropriate graphics; Conducts research investigations, including statistical analysis and personal contact with other agencies; Attends meetings to present specific aspects of agency’s program or project results; represents agency at meetings; Carries out data collection programs maintaining data inventories and analyses; e.g. land use, construction permits, subdivision activity, zoning changes, utility changes, recreation, transportation, energy, environmental; Prepares elements or portions of the agency’s overall plans, relating these to other elements or portions; Assists localities or other agencies in the planning aspects of pertinent projects from a technical point of view; Carries out field work in connection with specific land use, community development and environmental issues.  


A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in urban or regional planning, public administration, environmental studies, political science, sociology, municipal government, economics, geography, architecture or landscape architecture, or a Bachelor’s Degree including a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester hours of courses directly related to the above fields; supplemented by two (2) years of experience in city, county or regional planning; or

B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two (2) year college or university with an Associate’s Degree in architectural drawing, landscape architecture or related field, supplemented by four (4) years of experience in city, county or regional planning; or

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits (A) and (B).

NOTE: Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four (4) year college or university with a Master’s Degree in urban or regional Planning may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. Human Services, social services, health services or engineering is not considered as qualifying experience in city, county or regional planning. Public Administration pertains to the management of public affairs, particularly executive functions involving the management of governmental or institutional affairs. Such functions include financial, personnel, purchasing and operations management. NOTE: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

This notice will be posted for the period of September 6, 2018 through and including September 21, 2018.

For more information, go to:

Transportation Analyst, Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study

The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS) is seeking a transportation analyst. BMTS is the federally-required Metropolitan Planning Organization for Broome and Tioga County. This position involves collecting and analyzing transportation and land use data. This position is also responsible for the analysis of traffic operations for existing and proposed roads, streets, and highways. This position may assist in the development, modification, maintenance and operation of the Binghamton Regional Travel Model, a computer-based travel demand model and for the maintenance and application of a Geographic Information System (GIS). This is a Civil Service tested position.

Typical work activities:

  • Conduct short-range traffic studies involving the review of traffic capacity and safety measures.
  • Analyzes accident statistics and recommends remedial measures;
  • Analyzes data to find means to improve transportation safety and minimize environmental impact;
  • Prepares traffic or usage estimates for proposed projects;
  • Prepares preliminary technical material in support of long and short-range transportation plan development;
  • Assists in the development, calibration, and operation of the BMTS Regional Travel Model, a computer-based travel demand model;
  • Develops, maintains and utilizes transportation applications for Geographic Information
  • Systems to store, manipulate and analyze data;
  • Uses GIS and travel demand software to produce travel forecasts for use in the development of transportation plans, study development activities and land use planning activities;
  • Prepares various reports and correspondence relative to GIS;
  • Designs, creates and/or updates a variety of maps;

Required skills and abilities:

  • Good knowledge of the concepts, practices and techniques related to developing, maintaining and operating a GIS;
  • Working knowledge of the principles and techniques used in transportation planning;
  • Good knowledge of techniques used to gather data for statistical analysis and reports;
  • Working knowledge of standard GIS and travel demand modeling software;
  • Working knowledge of the practices and techniques of developing and maintaining databases;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize software programs including word processing, spreadsheets and databases;
  • Ability to analyze and organize data, draw conclusions and use data to prepare records and reports;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position

Minimum Qualifications:

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 in transportation planning, transportation engineering, urban planning, geography or 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 in transportation planning, transportation engineering, geography, economics, statistics, urban planning, or closely related field and one year of experience in transportation planning which shall have involved the use of Geographic Information System software (GIS); OR

C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of A) and B) above.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT: Possession of the appropriate level Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Salary: $43,223

Jennifer Yonkoski, Director Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study 60 Hawley Street, PO Box 1766
Edwin L Crawford Bldg., 5th Floor Binghamton, NY 13902

Job Opening: Director of Neighborhood Initiatives for the City of Geneva

The City of Geneva is seeking a Director of Neighborhood Initiatives to lead the neighborhood and community development and planning initiatives. Geneva is a uniquely urban lakefront city in the heart of Upstate NY’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region. The City is looking for a passionate person who would like to live and serve in an engaged community rich with opportunities for professional growth.

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Assistant Town Planner, Tolland, CT

 The Town of Tolland is seeking a full-time Assistant Planner that also serves as the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Wetlands Agent, and administers the Town's GIS.  The Assistant Planner administers the permitting process, assists with reviews of land use applications, and assists various boards and commissions among other duties.  The Planning and Zoning Commission is updating the Plan of Conservation and Development, providing an opportunity for the Assistant Planner to be involved in the long-range planning process.

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2018 Professional Awards Program

Nominations for this year’s Chapter awards program are being accepted online through August 31.

One of the highlights of the annual Chapter Conference is the Professional Awards program.  Each year, our Chapter recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of city, town, and regional planning.  We will recognize this year’s winners at the Professional Awards Ceremony on October 4, 2018 – during the Chapter Conference in Ithaca, NY.

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Regional Planner, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) is a dynamic and accomplished regional planning agency possessing a very talented staff and a supportive Board of Directors.  We are seeking an energetic Regional Planner as part of our team of professional staff.  The term of employment is one year, with a strong possibility of becoming permanent. 

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RFP: Circulation Study for the Village of Horseheads/Hanover Square

The Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council (ECTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Elmira Urbanized Area, is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants to conduct a circulation and planning study for the Village of Horseheads; specifically the historic Hanover Square intersection and surrounding areas. Hanover Square is a five-way intersection at East Franklin and North and South Main Streets. ECTC and the Village of Horseheads are funding this study, which includes a budget of $25,000 including expenses. 

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Planner, Cayuga County Department of Planning & Economic Development

The Cayuga County Department of Planning & Economic Development is a
multi-disciplined Planning & Economic Development Office with a staff of eight
professionals committed to providing assistance to the 23 Towns and 9 Villages within the
County, improving the quality of life in our communities and protecting our natural

There is currently a Planner position opening in the department. We are seeking an individual
with excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects,
including Town and Village comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, corridor and
downtown revitalization studies, open space, recreation and farmland protection planning and
overall grant writing assistance, including the annual New York State Consolidated Funding
Application (“CFA”) grant rounds. AICP-certified planners are encouraged to apply. This is
an excellent opportunity to join a team of committed professionals engaged in a broad range
of County-wide planning & economic development activity.

Minimum Qualifications: Either

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered college with a Master’s Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture or Environmental Resource Planning; OR
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, or Environmental Resource Planning; PLUS 1 year of experience in community planning, regional planning or work related to the qualifying degree; OR
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

Special Provisions: This appointment will be made provisionally. The candidate will be
required to take an open-competitive civil service exam for the position at some time in the
future. Permanent appointment will be dependent upon the candidate’s exam score. Cayuga
County is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary Range: $51,779.00 - $58,440.00. This is a full-time (37.5 hrs./wk.) planning position
with a starting salary of $51,779.00 with excellent benefits. The top of the salary range for
Planner is $58,440.00.

The Cayuga County civil service posting for this position can be found online: Please submit a completed Civil Service
Application, resume, cover letter, and references to the Cayuga County Civil Service
Commission, 160 Genesee Street, 2nd Floor, Auburn, NY 13021.
For more
information on the Department of Planning and Economic Development and on Cayuga
County, please visit: and .


Sealed proposals subject to the conditions contained herein, will be received by the Oneida County Department of Planning until 3:00 p.m., local time on August 31, 2018:

Oneida County Planning/ Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS) is seeking a qualified transit and transportation consultant, with substantial experience for the purpose of completing a system-wide analysis for transit-based transportation connections to multiple transportation modes throughout Oneida County and neighboring counties. The purpose of the System-Wide Analysis for Transit Based Transportation Connections (SWA for TBTC) study is focused on the re-organization of the Oneida County Rural Transit (OCRT) System for the purposes of building system efficiency, providing a higher level of service, increasing ridership, and obtaining a greater return on investment of public transit dollars in Oneida County.  This includes but is not limited to identifying modal gaps in the Oneida County transportation network, analyzing actual user needs, planning service to meet needs, developing comprehensive transit service in rural and urban areas, identifying opportunities for transit to support economic development, and increasing multi-modal connectivity and efficiency. OCRT operates with grant funding through the FTA Section 5311 Formula Grants for Rural Areas program.  Oneida County has urban transit service in the cities of Utica and Rome operated by Centro, a CNYRTA company, an FTA Section 5307 Urban Area Formula transit funding program direct funding recipient, which will be reviewed under the scope of this study. Transit, for the purpose of the SWA for TBTC study, means a collaborative, planned, realistic, viable, and sustainable system promoting the movement of people to access food, education, medical, and community activities. The intent of the SWA for TBTC is through system-wide analysis to encourage economic development and enhance the quality of life, by identifying, developing, and strengthening transit opportunities’ and resources in rural and urban Oneida County.  The expected budget for the SWA for TBTC is not to exceed $275,000; which will be contracted in a single contract but may have multiple phases. One six-month extension may be provided for completion of scope however, the project budget will not be increased under this contract.

Oneida County Planning/ Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS) reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, and right not to award the bid.

Copies of the described RFP  may be examined or picked up at no expense at the Oneida County Department of Planning, Boehlert Center at Union Station, 321 Main Street, 3rd floor, Utica, NY 13501 or can be downloaded at:

Junior/Senior Planner Position, Chautauqua County

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Chautauqua County
201 West Third St., Suite 115 • Jamestown, New York 14701
Phone (716) 661-8900 • Fax (716) 661-8145 •

Junior/Senior Planner Position, Permanent Full-Time

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 creative and energetic planners to become a part of our team as either a Senior Planner or Junior 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 positions 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. 

Successful candidates for the positions 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. 

These positions are competitive civil service positions 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 

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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Planners Day 2018 – Another Very Successful Get-Together     

Planners Day was held on Friday, March 9th at SUNY ESF and once again we had a great turnout. We would like to thank our speakers – Andrew Frasier & Aaron McKeon from SMTC, Joe Bovenzi (GTC MPO) & Chris Dunne (Highland Planning), Darren Kempner (NFTA), and Tim Frateschi, Esq. (Frateschi Schiano & Germano, PLLC). We also want to thank our great members – without your interest and attendance we would not be able to continue to put on Planners Day events. We received some great feedback and are looking forward to doing it again next Spring.

Planners Day Legislative Update Follow-up – Opportunity Zone Selection

As promised, our Legislative Affairs Director Darren Kempner was able to reach out and get additional information regarding Opportunity Zone selection – thank you Darren!

He was informed by the Western NY ESD Director that areas are being reviewed based on tax law changes, however, they are looking for local input regarding priorities. If you are interested in the Opportunity Zone selection process and wish to get more information, please visit and reach out to your regional ESD office ASAP if you have not done so already.

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 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


Katie Evans
Chapter President