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Shandaken
Comprehensive Plan
Community Workshops

In November of 2000, the Town of Shandaken held two community workshops. Helen Budrock, Assistant Director of the Catskill Center for Conservation & Development, served as chief facillitator at both workshops. A summary of results, reprinted below, was prepared by Ms. Budrock for the Comprehensive Plan Committee.


Thursday, November 2, 2000 Results

Looking ahead to the year 2010, the top ten most important goals for our town should be:

  1. Encourage hamlet revitalization for both businesses and homes - making the hamlets as lovely as their surroundings
  2. We need a comprehensive Catskill Park zoning plan to reflect the special nature of the park, Route 28, commercial zoning, visual pollution and coherent development.
  3. Preserve and promote cultural, historic and economic character of the hamlets
  4. Encourage clean, low-impact small businesses that pay above minimum wage
  5. Provide a community center for all ages
  6. Provide improved Internet and other communication capabilities without adversely affecting the outstanding aesthetic resources of the Town
  7. Promote Route 28 as a scenic highway and provide appropriate rest areas, rest rooms, telephone, recreational facilities & interpretive facilities for both visitors and residents
  8. Enhance the aesthetics of Route 28
  9. Encourage careful oversight of development - i.e. lighting, materials, landscaping, setbacks and ensure developers adhere to zoning regulations
  10. The following goals tied for 10th place:
    • Protect the beauty of the night sky through limited lighting
    • Improve health care services by expanding the Phoenicia clinic and/or providing visiting nurse practitioners
    • Ensure reliable, high-quality and affordable drinking water & sewer services for all residents and businesses
    • Encourage development, especially of public services (e.g. medical clinics, libraries, post offices) in the hamlets and decrease reliance on private automobile transportation

Aesthetics & Community Character Goals Votes
Preserve and promote cultural, historic and economic character of the hamlets 16
Enhance the aesthetics of Route 28 11
Protect the beauty of the night sky through limited lighting 9
Capitalize on historic resources through preservation and rehabilitation 6
Encourage careful oversight of development - i.e. lighting, materials, landscaping, setbacks and ensure developers adhere to zoning regulations 10

Housing & Social Services Goals Votes
Encourage careful oversight of development - i.e. lighting, materials, landscaping, setbacks and ensure developers adhere to zoning regulations 13
Improve accessibility of transportation by linking town services (i.e. health care, community center, etc.) 7
Improve health care services by expanding the Phoenicia clinic and/or providing visiting nurse practitioners 9
Ensure housing/zoning is consistent with the natural beauty of the area 1
Improve educational opportunities, and seek State, Federal and private funds for local programs 1

Natural Resources & Environmental Goals Votes
Ensure that any development takes place in harmony with the environment, taking into consideration water quality, viewshed, etc. 8
We need a comprehensive Catskill Park zoning plan to reflect the special nature of the park, Route 28, commercial zoning, visual pollution and coherent development. 20
Develop an environmental education effort to promote the Catskill Park and its recreational and aesthetic assets 4
Change the prevailing attitude towards the watershed - instead of seeing it as a liability, use it as an asset 7
Make preservation a priority instead of outside organizations defining our policy, make a "home grown" plan 1

Infrastructure & Public Services Goals Votes
Ensure reliable, high-quality and affordable drinking water & sewer services for all residents and businesses 9
Provide improved Internet and other communication capabilities without adversely affecting the outstanding aesthetic resources of the Town 12
Encourage development, especially of public services (e.g. medical clinics, libraries, post offices) in the hamlets and decrease reliance on private automobile transportation 9
Promote Route 28 as a scenic highway and provide appropriate rest areas, rest rooms, telephone, recreational facilities & interpretive facilities for both visitors and residents 12
Promote enhanced educational and cultural opportunities, especially through community involvement 5

Tourism & Economic Development Goals Votes
Encourage hamlet revitalization for both businesses and homes - making the hamlets as lovely as their surroundings 22
Encourage clean, low-impact small businesses that pay above minimum wage 14
Improve tourist information and its promotion 5
Enhance telecommunications infrastructure 3
Promote heritage and cultural tourism in the Town 6


Saturday, November 4, 2000 Results

Looking ahead to the year 2010, the top ten most important goals for our town should be:

  1. Provide state-of-the-art communications services (e.g. cell phone & internet) without damaging the environment
  2. Place a cap on the scale of development to preserve our rural character
  3. Encourage businesses that will be compatible with preserving the environment
  4. Promote cultural and historic revitalization of hamlets by encouraging town events for local crafts people & artisans, and by providing cultural and educational community centers in the hamlets
  5. Preserve and enhance the beauty of the area through development of "riverwalks" linking the hamlets and through rehabilitation of dilapidated structures in accordance with community needs (i.e. housing, small businesses, cultural centers)
  6. Re-evaluate existing zoning laws and special permit process to address fairness and consistency in enforcement
  7. Encourage economic development that will protect the environment
  8. Revitalize our hamlets by undergrounding utility wires, replacing sidewalks, installing sewers, improving parking, maintaining architectural quality, etc.
  9. Provide improved & affordable public services - i.e. trash removal, water quality, village parking areas, etc.
  10. The following goals were tied for 10th place:
    • Preserve rural quality of life including the character of the area while improving services to residents (e.g. low cost senior housing)
    • Recognizing that tourists come because of the uniqueness of the area, we should provide good facilities to encourage longer stays

Aesthetics & Community Character Goals Votes
Preserve and enhance the beauty of the area through development of "riverwalks" linking the hamlets and through rehabilitation of dilapidated structures in accordance with community needs (i.e. housing, smal businesses, cultural centers) 10
Re-evaluate existing zoning laws and special permit process to address fairness and consistency in enforcement 10
Place a cap on the scale of development to preserve our rural character 16
Improve hamlet aesthetics - e.g. provide safe sidewalks, bury utility lines, control cell tower placement, limit commercial signage 1
Encourage small business development - e.g. mixed use and live/work arrangements 1

Housing & Social Services Goals Votes
Preserve rural quality of life including the character of the area while improving services to residents (e.g. low cost senior housing) 8
Provide centrally located satellite health clinics in the event that the local hospital is no longer available 4
Promote cultural and historic revitalization of hamlets by encouraging town events for local crafts people & artisans, and by providing cultural and educational community centers in the hamlets 11
Provide high speed internet access for home-based businesses (high tech = high income) 4
Encourage community educational opportunities for all ages, by supporting local schools, continued higher academic standards, & technology training 1

Natural Resources & Environmental Goals Votes
Expand the Town's recreation committee to include more people representatives of all recreation club and groups as well as DEC and DEP to make communication better 4
Establish a goal of better education about recreation, jobs and the environment as they interface 3
Encourage economic development that will protect the environment 10
Protect the quality and quantity of water by making any new business sign on to existing treatment plants or built their own state-of-the-art plants that meet DEC/DEP standards at their own expense 0
Preserve clean air and other environmental factors like viewshed by enforcing existing codes and upgrading codes as needed 4

Infrastructure & Public Services Goals Votes
Provide state-of-the-art communications services (e.g. cell phone & internet) without damaging the environment 20
Improve rural transportation service through expansion, promotion & advertising 4
Provide improved & affordable public services - i.e. trash removal, water quality, village parking areas, etc. 9
Encourage town development of centralized community activity areas 9
Improve and promote town-wide health services & facilities 3

Tourism & Economic Development Goals Votes
Preserve the Route 28 corridor and encourage development in the hamlets. New development should be located to preserve existing vegetation and natural screening to protect views 7
Recognizing that tourists come because of the uniqueness of the area, we should provide good facilities to encourage longer stays. 8
Encourage businesses that will be compatible with preserving the environment 16
Revitalize our hamlets by undergrounding utility wires, replacing sidewalks, installing sewers, improving parking, maintaining architectural quality, etc. 10
Encourage cultural development - e.g. theaters, libraries, arts 3


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