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Hastings Creating New Comprehensive Plan Committee

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Hastings Comprehensive Plan was created to help lay the guidelines for current and future projects in the village, but the board of trustees will soon be creating a committee to help oversee the plan’s utilization.

“Very often these plans get passed by communities and they get put on the shelf,” said Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski.  “I don’t want software.  I want a plan that is implemented.”

The Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee will work primarily on going through the document and helping lay the groundwork for which projects to tackle first under current guidelines.

“It’s too much to ask for volunteers to make concrete plans in implementing the proposal,” Swiderski said.  “What we’re asking is to review the document and come up with some prioritization of how to roll out these strategies.”

Swiderski wants to make the large document something that is understood by residents and will directly affect how people want to implement it in the village.

“In a sense it’s how to tackle this document in a coherent and logical way,” he said.

The village will be making a decision on seven members for the committee over the summer and resumes are due by noon on June 15.  The committee will begin its work in fall 2012 and will report to board liaison and Trustee Marge Apel.  Swiderski said the plan was under construction for two years and work had begun on utilizing it, but not in a focused enough way.

“This plan represents goals set by the community and for the community so let’s work to implementing it,” he said.

In a message to residents, the board of trustees said it is looking for volunteers with experience in a range of fields.  These fields include project management, landscape architecture, architecture and urban design planning, real estate development, economic development, finance or anyone who has been a prior member of the Comprehensive Planning Committee.

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