Planning & Participatory Engagement
PLANNING, PARTICIPATORY ENGAGEMENT
& Environmental services
My understanding of the process and organic nature of community planning enables me to help a community understand where it is, figure out where it wants to be and take baby steps to start moving in that direction.
I provide a “one stop shop” for diverse range of services for private, non-profit, and public organizations:
Community Needs/Resources Assessment
Long Range and Strategic Planning
Economic Impact Study
Relevant Projects and Client Commentary
Town of Essex
Project: Essex Water System Improvements: Environmental and related permitting.
Role: Permitting Specialist and Project-related Consulting
Boquet River Association (BRASS)
Project: Boquet River Watershed Management Plan - Phase 2
Role: Lead Consultant: Design and Execution of a Participatory 5-Town Engagement Process to Produce a set of Findings and Recommendations for the Management Plan.
Dates: 2016 - 2017
Land Trust Alliance
Saratoga Springs, NY
Project: Land Trust Alliance/Conservation Partnership Program Grants committee Adjunct for the 2015-2016 round of the New York State Conservation Partnership Program.
Role: Voluntary Reviewer
Adirondack Health Institute
North Country, NY
Project: Adirondack Health Institute Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP)
Role: Key Informant-Member of Stakeholder/Focus Group. Attend quarterly meetings and webinars
Boquet River Association (BRASS)
Project: Boquet River Watershed Management Plan - Phase I
Role: Lead Consultant for NYS DOS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grant. Principal Researcher and Author of Boquet River Watershed Management Plan (Phase 1). Coordinator of Citizen Science team.
Date: 2013 - 2015
Links: BRASS WMP Report
Adirondack Gateway Council, Inc.
City of Glens Falls, NY
Project: Adirondack Gateway Regional Sustainable Plan 2015
Role: Project Manager: Lead Management Consultant for HUD FY11 Sustainable Planning Grant. Principal Researcher and Author of Housing, Transportation & Fair Housing Equity Assessment Technical Report. Principal outreach and engagement coordinator for Housing, Transportation & Fair Housing Equity Assessment.
Purpose: Prepare Technical Report on Housing, Transportation, and Fair Housing in Support Of FY2011 HUD Sustainable Community Grant
Links: AGC Project Atlas
Press Release: Gov. Cuomo Announces Glens Falls to Receive $10 Million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Town of Essex Zoning Amendments 2015
Role: Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Purpose: Prepared State Environmental Quality Act (SEQRA) Full Environmental Assessment Technical Documents and forms. Assisted the Town with consultative responsibilities with Adirondack Park Agency and others. Lead Consultant for Environmental Compliance for Zoning Amendments.
Adirondack North Country Association, Inc.
Saranac Lake, NY & Warren County, NY
Project: First Wilderness Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan
Role: Lead Consultant on Scenic Byway Corridor Management Planning. Design and manage project, create stakeholder engagement strategy, facilitate cutting edge visioning and stakeholder meetings. I conducted research in order to write chapters on interpretation, cultural and natural resources, transportation and safety. Wrote the plans for submission to NYSDOT.
Purpose: Design, Development, Outreach, and Report Writing for the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan. To create collaborative, multi-jurisdictional management plans for two designated scenic byway routes.Scenic Byway Planning, Central Adirondack Trail Corridor Management Plan, First Wilderness Scenic Byway.
Town of Essex
Role: Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Purpose: Prepare the required SEQRA documents and follow a lawful process in order to comply with the environmental review requirements for the adoption of modifications to the Town Zoning Ordinance.
Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and Champlain Area Conservation Partnership
Project: Central Champlain Valley Outdoor Education Action Plan
Role: Design, Develop, Facilitate and Write Outdoor Education Action Plan. Lead consultant to design and manage project framework. Conducted research, facilitated innovative stakeholder meetings, and wrote vision and strategic plan with input from a 25+ Stakeholder Committee.
Service Area: Eastern Essex County, NY
Purpose: Prepared an Outdoor Education Action Plan targeted at serving multiple age groups within the geographic areas of Willsboro, Essex, Lewis, Westport, and Elizabethtown. Development of the plan will utilize a participatory stakeholder, “bottom-up” approach facilitated by the consultant. To create a collaborative multi-jurisdiction strategic plan for the organization, coordination, and improvement of place-based outdoor recreation.
Town of Willsboro
Project: Town of Willsboro Comprehensive Land Use and Action Plan
Role: Comprehensive Planning and Regulatory Compliance. Lead consultant to design and manage project, create stakeholder engagement strategy, facilitate cutting edge visioning and stakeholder meetings. Conducted scientific and economic research in order to write technical reports and final plan. Plan adopted by the local jurisdiction.
Dates: 2008 - 2012
Purpose: Design and Execute a Participatory Comprehensive Planning Program. Prepare and File Regulatory Approvals, Including SEQRA Documents. APA-Approved Local Land Use Planning Program. Develop Comprehensive Plan applying ecologically based planning process that uses a participatory framework in order to improve citizen’s confidence in decision-making and expand science literacy. Design and execute a Participatory citizen engagement process. Produce a Main Street Economic Revitalization Plan, priority projects list, funding plan etc.
Village of Margaretville
Project: Village of Margaretville Comprehensive Land Use and Action Plan
Role: Comprehensive Planning and Regulatory Compliance. Lead consultant to design and manage project, create stakeholder engagement strategy, facilitate cutting edge visioning and stakeholder meetings. Conducted scientific and economic research in order to write technical reports and final plan. Plans adopted by the local jurisdictions.
Dates: 2007 - 2009
Purpose: Design and execute a participatory comprehensive planning program for a NYC Watershed community in the Catskill Mountains. Prepare and file regulatory approvals, including SEQRA documents. Develop Comprehensive Plan applying ecologically based planning process that uses a participatory framework in order to improve citizen’s confidence in decision-making and expand science literacy. Design and execute a Participatory citizen engagement process. Produce a Main Street Economic Revitalization Plan, priority projects list, funding plan etc.
“Getting Smart: Smart Growth, Energy Efficiency and Public Facilities”, 2008
Municipal World Magazine. St. Thomas, Ontario, CA. August 2008, Volume 118, Number 8, 2008
Town of Fayston
Role: Land Use Training
Purpose: Training Session in Implementing Town Plan & Zoning Updates
“Innovation Economy Comes to Eight Towns: The GCT Process and the Triple Bottom Line”, 2008
The Yankee Planner, American Planning Association, Northern New England Chapter, July 2008.
Environmental Planning Journal, American Planning Association, Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division, Vol. 19 No. 2, Winter, 2008
ICMA Public Management Magazine. Washington, D.C. August 2007. Volume 89, Number 7.
Empire State Magazine. New York. July/August 2007.
Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies. Winter 2007-2008. Vol.14. No. 2.
Bagdon Environmental Inc.
Role: Regulatory and Planning Research. Lead consultant to design and manage project framework. Conducted research, facilitated innovative stakeholder meetings, and wrote vision and strategic plan with input from a 25+ Stakeholder Committee.
Purpose: Craft an Analysis and Narrative for the SEQRA Environmental Assessment of the Cohocton Windmill Local Law
“Corridor Management Plan for the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway”, 2005
Adirondack North Country Association, Saranac Lake, NY
“The Greening of Community Infrastructure: A Match Made in Heaven”, 2004
Talk of the Town Topics. Volume 18. No. 2.
Association of Towns of the State of New York. Albany, NY
US/UK Countryside Exchange
Role: Field Visits, Research and Report Writing
Purpose: Produced a report for Scottish natural heritage as a member of the North American/United Kingdom Countryside exchange team, "The Caerlaverock Experience."
Document Link: www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/scottish/dumfries/CaerlaverockExchange.pdf
Malone Senior Housing Project
“Community Based Approaches: Bringing Business to Town”, 1990
Friends of the North Country, Keeseville, NY