RFP: Town of Danby, Housing Conditions Survey Consulting Services




 Introduction & Summary

 The Town of Danby, New York is soliciting proposals from qualified consultants for a Housing Conditions Survey of the town. This work is funded in large part through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for which the Town is a sub-recipient from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR). Results of this Housing Conditions Survey (HCS) will help decisionmakers, stakeholders and community members develop a meaningful sense of the housing conditions that exist in the Town, an understanding of key housing issues, and a compilation of the relevant data. This information will be critical to the Town for formulating various community policies and to inform preparation of compelling housing rehabilitation proposals in the future, for which CDBG or other funding may be sought.

 Qualified consultants are asked to fully consider the scope of services and the contracting and submission requirements described in this Request for Proposals (RFP) prior to submitting proposals. The Town will work diligently to follow and comply with all HCR, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG, and other State and Federal guidance, laws, and regulations which apply to this CDBG-funded project, this procurement, and any contract executed by the Town through this RFP. This compliance includes all provisions which are clearly stated in Chapter 4 of the HCR CDBG Grant Administration Manual on Procurement Standards. The applicable elements of the contract provisions stated in Exhibits 4-1 & 4-2 of that manual will be included in every contract associated with this RFP. While many of these provisions are for construction contracts instead of planning projects such as this, these exhibits are included as Attachment A to this RFP.

 This RFP is being forwarded directly to firms which may be qualified to undertake such services that are presently known to the town, and is being advertised broadly through the New York State Contract Reporter, the American Planning Association NY Upstate Chapter, and other available outlets. This RFP is posted in the documents section on the Town’s Planning & Zoning web page https://towndanby.digitaltowpath.org:10768/content/Departments/View/7. As further described in this RFP, that web page will be the central source for information and, while changes to this RFP are not expected to be made, any potential changes. Proposals are due to the Town of Danby no later than August 23, 2019.

Job Opening: Community Planner in Glens Falls

Community Planner

The Chazen Companies is actively looking for a planner to join our team.  This position will support our growing community planning practice. Our work is diverse and includes bicycle/pedestrian planning, recreation planning, comprehensive and local area plans as well as hamlet revitalization and economic development related activities. 

The preferred individual will have strong writing and graphic communication skills and demonstrated experience in supporting and/or leading public engagement exercises.  Skills or experience in performing technical analysis such as demographics, market analysis or statistics is also desired. The ability to work independently and collaboratively and a keen understand the design process are also essential  

A working knowledge of SEQRA/NEPA and the local land use approval process is a benefit. We are looking for a planner who can communicate (written and verbally), has a strong technical aptitude, is intuitive and wants to crush it 

Requirements:Bachelor’s in planning, urban design, landscape architecture or a related field required; Masters preferred.   Zero to four (4)years’ experience, excellent technical writing and computer skills are required. Proficiency in GIS, Google Sketch-up, Photoshop or other communication graphics is preferred.  

The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned multi-disciplinary firm with deep technical expertise in engineering, surveying, environmental, planning and landscape architecture services throughout our NY offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy, Queensbury, White Plains and Nashville and Chattanooga TN. Celebrating more than 70 years of stellar service, we continue our tradition of focus on creating effective, long-term partnerships and delivering world class levels of performance for our clients.

We are regularly recognized by our employees as a Best Place to Work and consistently win workplace excellence awards.  We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits program including training, professional development, membership in professional associations and much more. All our offices provide employees with a relaxed, collegial and professional working atmosphere.


The Chazen Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Job Opening: Town of Danby, Planner

The Town of Danby, New York is currently accepting applications for a full-time Planner to manage all aspects of its planning office in this small but rapidly growing town in the Finger Lakes Region in central New York State. The town’s Planner is relied upon to:

·    Assist the Town Board, Planning Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Conservation Advisory Council

·    Prepare and coordinate the preparation of plans to guide and manage the Town’s growth, community development and environmental protection.

·    Receive and review various development review applications and coordinate needed board reviews (site plan, subdivision, special permit), including review of environmental assessment forms.

·    Interpret the Zoning Ordinance and make related determinations, in close coordination with the Code and Zoning Enforcement Officer

·    Review (and sometimes prepare) environmental assessment forms

·    Assist the town with planning-related grant applications and managing grant-funded projects.

Danby is a small, still mostly rural town of 3500 residents, but it is faced with growth pressures due to its location just south of Ithaca, home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College. The educational institutions, the Ithaca urban area and the beautiful natural setting make this area a cultural and environmental magnet. Danby is mostly formerly agricultural, and much in need of planning for its future. Its residents value the town’s rural character and wish to avoid a future in which it is lost. At the same time, it is recognized that much that draws people together in community is missing. The town seeks to undertake an open and participatory process to explore its options for shaping a future that builds on and protects its assets while changing into a new and even better place. The town’s Planner will play a key role in helping the town reposition itself. This will be challenging work, making good use of planning skills and the ability to work collaboratively, while enjoying the excellent quality of life this area offers.

The successful applicant must meet the minimum requirements of this civil service position, but Danby hopes to attract a planner with more than the minimum municipal level planning experience, especially with managing a small office; coordination with multiple boards; thoughtful approaches to problems and planning; and the administration of development review and zoning administration processes. Danby’s small community and strong desire to improve its planning and zoning provide a great opportunity for the right Planner to thrive. Knowledge of New York State planning-related laws, environmental review regulations, local government and related processes are preferred. Must possess a bachelor’s degree in planning or a related field plus one year’s experience, or a master’s degree in planning.

This is a full-time, salaried professional position. Salary range $63,000 to $70,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits (health, dental, and participation in the NY State & Local Retirement System). This will be a provisional appointment subject to a civil service exam administered through the Tompkins County Department of Human Resources. To apply, visit the Tompkins County Human Resources website (www.tompkinscivilservice.org/civilservice/vacancies) to complete the online application and to upload a resume and cover letter regarding your interest in working for the Town of Danby. Please feel free to also upload writing samples or other professional works through the county website. Online applications must be fully completed by Friday, August 16, 2019. Questions about this posting may be emailed to the Town Supervisor at supervisor@townofdanbyny.org.

Job Opening: La Group, Senior Planner

The LA Group is seeking a senior planner with experience in community and regional planning to lead a staff of planners working in a tech-oriented multi-disciplinary planning and design firm.

The qualified candidate must have experience in the management of personnel, marketing of client services, preparing project proposals, management of clients and contracts, management of sub consultant teams, and maintaining budgets and schedules. Experience working in a multi-disciplinary firm is desired.

Additional experience desired for this position includes knowledge of the NYS Capital Region, grant writing, facilitation of community outreach, development of community and regional plans, LWRP planning and implementation, recreation planning, drafting of local laws and zoning ordinances, transportation planning, economic analysis, and SEQRA review.

The LA Group, recently recognized as a “Best Places to Work” is an award-winning, team-oriented multi-disciplinary planning and design firm with a national practice in federal work, a focus on state and municipal clients, community and regional planning, parks and recreation, athletic and educational facilities, and private development. The firm’s home office is located in the City of Saratoga Springs.

Qualified candidates submit resume to: Director of Human Resources, The LA Group, P.C. 40 Long Alley, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or via email to: msterling@thelagroup. The LA Group is an EOE/M/F/D/V.

Job Opening: The Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc, Landlord Ambassador

This position is funded through a two year grant to develop a preservation pipeline through landlord outreach to connect owners to available grant and financing opportunities, help owners understand and navigate the process of securing NYS financial assistance, stabilize at risk buildings, and to expand opportunities for acquisition of distressed multi-family housing stock. The Landlord ambassador will implement the program, perform outreach, and coordinate with HAPEC staff to reach successful outcomes. Read more here.

RFP: Town of Poughkeepsie, Comprehensive Plan Update

The Town of Poughkeepsie has established a Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (CPRC) to prepare an Update to its 2007 Town Plan and Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS). The Town will receive sealed proposals from qualified firms to work with the CPRC and Town staff to prepare the Comprehensive Plan Update. All proposals must be received by Noon (12:00 p.m.) on Friday, August 2, 2019. The Town’s Request for Proposals (RFP) and information about the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee’s work to date can be found at: http://www.townofpoughkeepsie.com/planning/cprc/index.html

For more information, see the Attached Document

Job Opening: Deputy Director of Faith-Based Initiatives, New York, NY

The Deputy Director of Faith-Based Initiatives reports directly to the Deputy Commissioner of Faith-Based Community Development Services and assists in the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services.  The incumbent is responsible for managing the program on behalf of the Governor’s Office and would serve as liaison between the Executive Chamber and the Faith-Based team at Homes and Community Renewal.

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RFEI: Revitalization and Redevelopment Design Plan for Sewall’s Island and Factory Square, Watertown NY

The City of Watertown (the City) is requesting proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a Revitalization and Redevelopment Design Plan for Sewall’s Island and Factory Square. The plan will create a vision and capitalize on community assets and recreation opportunities, guide redevelopment and help attract new investments, businesses, and identify transformational projects in this area of downtown Watertown.

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Job Opening: Planner, Bergmann Associates

Bergmann is looking to add an experienced Planner to our expanding team! We work with a variety of municipalities to create custom comprehensive plans, update existing plans, and create a feeling of community across New York and Pennsylvania. We specialize in public outreach and engagement, revitalization efforts, and community planning. If you’re someone looking to make the world around you better and get excited about seeing plans come to fruition, this might be the perfect fit!

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Job Opening: Grant Project Manager, New York State Homes and Community Renewal

This position will support the New York Main Street program and other downtown revitalization grant activities administered by the Office of Community Renewal. Project Managers in OCR oversee a portfolio of grant projects by providing technical support to applicants and awardees, processing payment requests and monitoring project progress and compliance.

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Job Opening: Deputy Commissioner, the Office of Community Renewal, New York State HCR

Under the general direction of the Senior Vice President, Homeownership and Community Development, the Deputy Commissioner, Office of Community Renewal is responsible for the successful administration of ten active state and federally funded affordable housing and community development programs, with a combined annual program budget of more than $100 million. 

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