Saranac Lake The Village of Saranac Lake Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee has released the Draft Village of Comprehensive Plan. Hard copies of the plan are available for viewing at the Village Offices and the Saranac Lake Free Library, and online at saranaclakeny.gov/compplan.
The committee will hold two public hearings regarding the Draft Village of Saranac Lake Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Town Board Room, 39 Main Street, Saranac Lake and again from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Village Board Room, 39 Main Street.
The Village of Saranac Lake began the process of updating its 1988 comprehensive plan in 2007. At the time, the Village of Saranac Lake and Town of Harrietstown appointed a joint committee to develop a joint comprehensive plan. After the Town decided not to continue the process, the Village appointed a new committee to complete the project. After receiving a $75,000 New York State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant, the Village hired the LA Group to assist with the completion of the project.
The plan incorporates extensive public input received by both committees generated through surveys, public meetings, committee work sessions, and written comments.
“I have worked with both committees on this project and the level of commitment shown by the volunteer committee members to the project is extraordinary,” Jeremy Evans, Community Development Director, said. “The LA Group has gone above and beyond what is required to help the Village develop a modern plan that sets forth a positive vision for the future of the Village and recommends realistic steps the community can take to realize the vision.”
Evans said he hopes residents will take the time to attend at least one of the public meetings. Residents who cannot attend a meeting may still submit comments in writing before Dec. 14. Comments can be directed to Evans by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to or dropped off at the Village Offices at 39 Main Street, Saranac Lake, N.Y. 12983.
After public comments and other revisions are incorporated into the draft comprehensive plan, the committee will refer the plan to the Village Board of Trustees for final review and adoption. The Board will hold its own public hearing and give the public additional opportunity to comment on the plan. Although work on the comprehensive plan is wrapping up, the committee’s work isn’t complete: it has already started the work of updating the land use code, a process that should take 4-6 months.