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Windham finalizes comprehensive plan

Feb 14, 2022 1:01 pm

Ted Remsnyder reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Windham officials held a public hearing on Feb. 10 for the Greene County town's first comprehensive plan update since 2002. The document goes before the Greene County Planning Board on Feb. 16 for review. “The (Greene County) Planning Board will have a chance to comment on it,” Windham Town Supervisor Thomas Hoyt said. “We had sent them an unofficial plan earlier to get their comments earlier in the year and we received comments back from them. We incorporated them into our final draft and once we finished our final draft, we sent it down for the 239 official review. Once we get their information, we’ll move forward with adopting the comprehensive plan.” The 224-page plan lists eight goals, including promoting growth, and creating housing opportunities. “Housing is a big issue in our community,” Hoyt said. “Affordable housing is a big issue and the other thing that came up through the study is that people want a walkable community. Outside recreation has become a new phenomenon, so people want more outside activities. Things like hiking trails and swim areas. We’ve invested in our town park with kayaks, so maybe we can find additional opportunities for outdoor family recreation.” The other goals in the comprehensive plan include protecting open spaces and natural resources, promoting economic development, improving community facilities and infrastructure, improving and connecting transportation networks, and preserving local history and the town’s historic character. The Town Supervisor said WIndham will get started as soon as the plan is fully approved. “We’ll get the low-hanging fruit as soon as possible,” Hoyt said. “The bigger objectives in the plan, we’ll start working on them immediately. It may take quite a while to implement those ideas and strategies to accomplish that feat.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.