DUNKIRK, N.Y.:--A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a locally prepared, comprehensive land and water use plan for a community’s natural, public and working waterfront. Chautauqua County has received funding from the New York State Department of State to complete an LWRP for the 10 Chautauqua County waterfront communities along Lake Erie, which include: the City of Dunkirk; Towns of Dunkirk, Hanover, Pomfret, Portland, Sheridan, Ripley, and Westfield; and the Villages of Silver Creek and Westfield.
The LWRP will help Lake Erie waterfront communities plan to preserve natural resources, foster private investment and position themselves to become a premier attraction. In addition, the LWRP will help the communities address critical issues such as flood control and prevention, economic revitalization and tourism, natural resource and habitat protection, public access to the waterfront, recreational trails and agricultural preservation. Adoption of an approved LWRP will position these communities for funding from New York State to implement projects developed during the LWRP process. Since 2009, $1.2 million in grant funds for projects related to a LWRP have been awarded to Chautauqua County communities.
Eight public open houses, over a period of two weeks, have been scheduled for Phase II of the Northern Chautauqua County Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The open houses will give the public the opportunity to learn about the status of the planning process, see potential projects and to give input on the future of the waterfront in an informal setting. Open Houses will be held at the following locations:
July 18th - 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. – Town of Hanover and Village of Silver Creek
Hanover Court Building, 68 Hanover Rd. #1, Silver Creek, NY
July 18th - 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. – Sheridan
Community Center, 2775 Route 20, Sheridan, NY
July 19th - 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. - City of Dunkirk
SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY
July 19th - 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Town of Dunkirk
Dunkirk Town Hall, 4737 Willow Rd., Dunkirk, NY
July 24th - 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. – Pomfret
Pomfret Town Hall, 9 Day St., Fredonia NY
July 24th - 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Portland
Portland Town Hall, 87 W. Main St., Brocton, NY
July 25th - 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. - Town and Village of Westfield
Eason Hall, 23 Elm St., Westfield, NY
July 25th - 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Ripley
Meeder’s Restaurant, 19 W. Main St., Ripley, NY
During the open houses, attendees will be given the opportunity to review the waterfront plan boundary and its potential to spur economic development and tourism while protecting the area’s natural resources. The participants will also be asked how they think their waterfront should be improved. An online comment box is currently available for those who would like to provide input outside of these meetings. The online comment form is available with this link: http://bit.ly/lwrpcomments.
Development of the draft LWRP is being guided by a Steering Committee and a Waterfront Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee consists of representatives of the communities, Chautauqua County, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Northern Chautauqua County Local Economic Development committee, State University of New York at Fredonia, Lake Erie Management Commission and other local stakeholders. Funding for the LWRP development is provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
For more information, contact Pat Gooch, Senior Planner/LWRP Project Manager with the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, at (716) 661-8922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.