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Planning & Participatory Engagement

PLANNING, PARTICIPATORY ENGAGEMENT
& Environmental services


Service Description

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
Essex, NY

Project: Essex Water System Improvements: Environmental and related permitting.
Role:  Permitting Specialist and Project-related Consulting
Dates: 2016-2019


Boquet River Association (BRASS)
Elizabethtown, NY

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
Dates: 2016


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
Dates: 2015-2016


Boquet River Association (BRASS)
Elizabethtown, NY

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


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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.
Dates: 2013-2015
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
Essex, NY

Role: Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Dates: 2015
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. 
Dates: 2012
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.
Links: https://www.dot.ny.gov/content/engineering/Scenic-Byways/Byways-repository/FWSB-CMPDraft4-2012.pdf


Town of Essex
Essex, NY

Role: Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Dates: 2012
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
Westport, NY

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.
Dates: 2010-2012
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.
Links: http://www.champlainareatrails.com/images/index/CATS_OEP.pdf

Thanks again for facilitating a productive meeting yesterday. What you are doing is exactly what I was looking for. Excellent ways of introducing ourselves that provides real information about everyone, makes each person know he/she is important, and facilitates discussion because of the commonalities we all share. And then the process of moving beyond general concepts to the real ideas that will be in a plan is really productive.

So, taking a step back and acknowledging what’s been done is certainly rewarding; or at least it allows us to take a deep breath and then forge ahead. On the outdoor education front, we will be organizing the leadership group in September. Thanks for all you did to make that happen.
— Client Comments

Town of Willsboro 
Willsboro, NY

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.
Links: http://www.townofwillsboro.com/uploads/6/0/9/7/6097445/willsborocompplanv1941911fd.pdf


Village of Margaretville
Margaretville, NY

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.
Links: http://www.chamberorganizer.com/margaretvillechamber/V_Files.php
http://chamberorganizer.com/margaretvillechamber/docs/MV%20CompPlan%2010-08%20Ch01.pdf

 
Ann worked diligently (on a tight budget I might add) with a diverse group of people who had no vision at all for their community. She listens incredibly well, makes sure everyone is heard and guarantees that no one feels unimportant.
— Client Comments

“Getting Smart: Smart Growth, Energy Efficiency and Public Facilities”, 2008


Town of Fayston 
Fayston, VT

Role: Land Use Training
Dates: 2008
Purpose: Training Session in Implementing Town Plan & Zoning Updates


“Innovation Economy Comes to Eight Towns: The GCT Process and the Triple Bottom Line”, 2008


Bagdon Environmental Inc.
Delmar, NY

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.
Dates: 2006
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


“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
Dates: 2004
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
Malone, NY

Dates: 2001


“Community Based Approaches:  Bringing Business to Town”, 1990

  • Friends of the North Country, Keeseville, NY