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Welcome to the Official Site of the Town of Waterloo Comprehensive Plan

Supervisor Gary Westfall and the Town Board have initiated a public-participation process to create a new comprehensive plan for the Town of Waterloo. Check here often for updates and key information about the planning process. The site also provides a convenient way to contact the Comprehensive Plan Committee.

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For all public and general committee meetings, minutes are being taken and will be provided for review by the public on the “Plan Process” page of this website.

January Meeting Focuses on Next Steps: Plan Nearing Completion

The Steering Committee met in January to resume discussions about the Comprehensive Plan process that has been underway for several months. The

holiday season prevented regular gatherings of the committee at the close of the year, so the January meeting focused mainly on recapping progress to-date, prior discussions and recalling key considerations.

A report was given on a special meeting hosted by the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce in November. That function provided an additional opportunity for local business owners and chamber members to hear about the planning process and offer insights from their perspective. Several points of consideration were offered during the Chamber meeting, including a strong desire for increased communication between businesses and local government.

Also on the January Steering Committee meeting agenda was a discussion of “next steps” so that a time-table could be created for completion of the plan.  

Now in what is being called the “decision making stage,” the planning process must involve the Steering Committee’s determinations about inclusions, language, goals, objectives, and language that will most effectively communicate the wishes of the community.

Public feedback has been a focus of the committee since receiving that directive from the Town Board at the beginning of the planning project. Several opportunities for citizen involvement were included in the planning process and have already taken place:

Other public participation opportunities still to come:

At least 4 more committee meetings will be conducted to discuss content and provide direction to MRB Group, the consultants assisting with the planning process.

MRB Group will then prepare a draft of the plan based on committee discussions and determinations. The committee will review and finalize the document, which will be presented to the Town Board and to the County for review and comment. An overview of the plan and its contents will likely be included as part of that presentation.

Following receipt of the plan, the Town Board must host a public hearing to ensure that the community has an opportunity to voice their thoughts, concerns, and comments on the draft. Once edited, the final version must undergo a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process. This provides other agencies or stakeholders with the opportunity to also weigh in on the impacts of the proposed recommendations contained in the plan.   

“The data and public opinion collection has involved a lot of homework for committee members – but now the harder, decision-making process begins,” said Diana Smith of MRB Group. “We are nearing completion of an important community planning achievement. The Waterloo Town Board and residents should be proud of their effort to plan a future of their own making,” she said.

All discussions continue to surround the concept of long-term sustainability - and how to preserve and maintain “the best of Waterloo”, a community that values its citizens, their caring nature, and the small-town quality of life that is treasured here.

Anyone who did not have a chance to attend workshops is invited to offer their comments directly to the committee Chairman, Jim Cleere. Residents can mail comments to Town Hall, or submit their comments utilizing the  contact form  at this website.

Next Meeting: the Steering Committee will meet on February 18, at Town Hall.  

Valuable Community Input Received So Far

Since launching the community survey last month, the Committee has received approximately 400 responses, an “excellent return” that exceeded many committee members’ expectations.  

About 3850 surveys were mailed to residents of the community, including all households in the Town and Village.  Some Village residents live outside of the Town of Waterloo, in the Town of Fayette.  They were included because the Village is also conducting a similar planning process.

Town Supervisor Gary Westfall and Village Mayor Ted Young decided to combine efforts and share information - a decision that makes sense in terms of efficiency, costs, and convenience for residents.  

The combined survey provided opportunities to share opinions on a number of issues of concern.  It asked about community residents’ perception of local services and amenities, what types of growth would be supported, and what might be a vision of Waterloo’s future.  It also invited input about energy use and community interest in alternative sources of energy.  Results will provide the Village an opportunity to assess public interest in services that promote reduced consumption.  

The Village’s portion of the survey focused on energy-related interests since its planning process is being funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  The agency is dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, and currently promotes New York’s “Cleaner, Greener Communities” initiative.  

Charrette 2 - Survey Results.pdf Charrette 2 - Survey Results.pdf Charrette 2 - Visioning Goals - Business Development.pdf

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Charrette 2 - Visioning Goals - Downtown Development.pdf Charrette 2 - Visioning Goals - Environmental Issues.pdf Charrette 2 - Visioning Goals - Land Use.pdf Charrette 2 - Visioning Goals - Property Maintenance.pdf Charrette 2 - Visioning Goals - Senior Services.pdf Charrette 2 - Visioning Goals - Smart Growth.pdf Draft Vision Statement.pdf