PUDs, Signs, and Aging in Place: Land Use Training September 17 in Waterloo

The Seneca County Department of Planning and Community Development and the Wayne County Planning Department are together hosting an evening of free training sessions with land use training specialists from the New York State Department of State.

5 – 9 pm, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seneca County Office for the Aging
First Floor, Seneca County Office Building
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New York State Canal Conference, September 21-23 in Geneva

New York State Canal Conference

In Harmony With Nature, People and Products
View of the Erie Canal

Sunday, September 21 to Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Ramada Geneva Lakefront Hotel, Geneva

For more information and to register, visit:

The conference will bring together canal enthusiasts, historians, developers, elected officials and others to exchange ideas and learn more about the Erie Canalway.

Montezuma works with Parks & Trails New York to improve Heritage Park

In 2011, the Town of Montezuma received word it had been selected by Parks & Trails, NY to receive technical assistance from staff through their Healthy Trails, Healthy People program. This program is aimed at helping New Yorkers develop more active communities with recreational, economic and quality of life benefits.

Read more at the Montezuma Historical Society’s blog:

Soil Health Seminar, August 20 at Cuddeback Farms

Soil Health Seminar

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Cuddeback Farms, 4730 State Route 38A, Skaneateles, NY 13152

Seminar Agenda

9 AM | Registration (CCA & DEC credits), Trade Show
10 AM | Live Tillage Demonstrations
12 NOON | Lunch (provided)
1 PM | Speakers

2:45 PM | Live Tillage Demonstrations
4 PM | Questions


Please register by August 15, 2014 by calling (315) 252-4171, extension 3.

Sponsored by

Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County
Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program of the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Preserving Rural Character: Free Workshop August 19 in Fabius


Preserving Rural Character
Through Conservation Subdivision Design

Presenter: Randall Arendt

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 5 – 8:30 PM
Skyline Lodge, 1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius, NY 13063

Please register by August 15 by calling (315) 422-8276, extension 212 – Jeanie Gleisner, CNY Regional Planning & Development Board.

Open space preserved in a residential subdivision

Hawksnest, Delafield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

This land use policy workshop describes practical, proven, market-based techniques for protecting rural character and community-wide open space networks through “conservation design” principles in updated zoning and subdivision regulations. Examples illustrate how thousands of acres have been conserved in this manner, at no public cost, and without negative impacts on landowners.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants from EPA

We previously reported on this blog about over $2.4 million available in grants from the United States Forest Service for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also released a request for proposals for 2014 GLRI activities. The EPA plans to award $27.5 million for up to 30 projects that will control invasive species, prevent the discharge of nutrients and sediment, and improve water quality in the Great Lakes.

More information is available online at .

Applications will be due Monday, August 25, 2014.

July Draft of the Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan

Ag Plan logoCayuga County releases second draft of the County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan

Public Hearing set for August 26

The July Draft of the Cayuga County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan is now available for review. This document incorporates recommendations and suggestions from the public on the earlier draft released in May.

The draft plan can be found on the project website at cayugacounty.us/agplan. A paper copy is also available for viewing at the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development offices located on the fifth floor of the County Office Building, 160 Genesee Street, Auburn, between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm.

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