ATHENS — As the village and town of Athens embark on their journey to update a 13-year-old comprehensive plan, the municipalities are asking residents for feedback.

The village is working with Community Planning and Environmental Associates, the same firm that assisted with the 2007 plan, Trustee Joshua Lipsman said.

Athens officials are inviting residents, property owners, civic groups, business owners, employees and government workers to give their input about the comprehensive plan update.

“The threats and opportunities that we face in the village today are significantly different than they were even 10 years ago,” Athens Mayor Stephan Bradicich said. “The comprehensive planning process will ensure that the village board’s decisions relative to these are made in accordance with the wishes of the residents.”

The plan will serve as a blueprint to guide the village’s economic growth, land use, recreation, infrastructure and community development for the next decade, he said.

A 19-person steering committee was formed to help guide the process.

Current members include former village mayor Andrea Smallwood, Carol Bernard, former village mayor Chris Pfister, Diana Abadie, Diane Tompkins, Ellen Roth, Lipsman, Laurel Wolfe, Leslie Reed, Melissa Saturnino, Merrill Roth, Nancy Poylo, Paul Kim, Paul Salvino, Athens Town Supervisor Robert F. Butler Jr., Ron Puhalski, Sheila Brady, Todd Bernard and Tom Satterlee.

“The 19-person volunteer steering committee has thought and discussed long and hard about these questions, and now we need the public’s input,” Butler said.

The two municipalities gathered together for a joint meeting in March and more opportunities for public input are on the horizon, Lipsman said.

“In addition to the steering committee work, a joint town-village local government meeting was held in March 2020,” Lipsman said.

More public input opportunities will occur in the fall depending on COVID-19, he added.

In October, the village received a $9,900 matching grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway for development of the comprehensive plan.

The village will match Greenway’s contribution through a combination of cash, in-kind services and volunteer hours, Lipsman said. The village has committed to making a $4,000 cash contribution, he added.

The survey can be found online at surveymonkey.com/r/AthensPlan or residents can fill out a paper copy at the Village Office.

The survey closes Aug. 15.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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