On-Call Planning Consultant,
Town of Rhinebeck, NY
Planning4Places was hired by the Town in 2018 to provide planning services and assistance to the Planning Board. We also regularly provides assistance to the Town Board to assist with planning-related issues at the Town Board level. We have assisted in reviewing and assisting with an average of 100 zoning-related development projects per year, development of zoning regulation updates, and assistance with special projects. We have assisted the Town in continuing their efforts to conduct more business electronically which allows for a better viewing of project details through larger, more legible displays of project materials.
NYS Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NYSAMPO)
Planning4Places is a part of a team providing on-call planning support to the Association. The NYSAMPO is a coalition of the fourteen MPOs in New York State which have committed to working together. We staff the Safety Working Group, Transit Working Group, and Bicycle & Pedestrian Working Group, develop and execute training opportunities, and are responsible for maintaining the Association's website (which we completely rebuilt in 2019).
Village of Ballston Spa, NY Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan
Planning4Places is a part of a team providing public engagement and plan development assistance for the Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan. Our public engagement work includes developing outreach materials, focus group facilitation, and presenting and facilitation at public meetings and committee meetings. We also developed and installed a Bicycle Demonstration Project and created concept renderings showing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
Town of Minerva, NY LWRP
We are assisting with the development of an LWRP for the Town of Minerva in conjunction with the Essex County Office of Community Resources and the NYSDOS. Our work includes assisting with all aspects of developing an LWRP that meets the NYSDOS requirements but that also provides conceptual design plans, recommendations and alternatives to improving access to, and the use of, Minerva Lake and the surrounding watershed for both local residents and visitors to the area.
Stockade Association On-Call Assistance
Soon after completion of the Stockade Association Comprehensive Streetscape Design Plan, the Association requested assistance in developing a package for submission to the City of Schenectady prioritizing improvements for consideration in a portion of the Historic Stockade. Using the recently completed and well-received Streetscape Plan, Planning4Places staff created a graphically-focused prioritization summary which is being considered for design and construction by the City.
Stockade Association Comprehensive Streetscape Design Plan
Planning4Places led this project to assist the Stockade Association in developing a plan to help guide prioritization of infrastructure improvements throughout the Historic Stockade neighborhood. This project assessed and provided recommendations for sidewalk improvements, street tree retention and replacement, streetlighting, signage and wayfinding, and pedestrian infrastructure and bicycle (Complete Streets) improvements.
Flood Resiliency, Risk Assessment & Mitigation
Planning4Places is assisting as part of a team with the development of flood resiliency assessments in a number of counties for the NYS OGS as part of the Resilient NY program. Work completed to date includes the East- and West Branches of the Delaware River, Delaware County, NY. Our work includes data review/compilation to assess existing land use patterns and transportation infrastructure, review of prior plans and land use regulations, and related GIS mapping and analysis. We are also assisting with development of flooding hazards and mitigation alternatives, particularly as it applies to land use and transportation planning opportunities and needs.
City of New Rochelle Downtown
Revitalization Initiative (DRI)
Planning4Places was a subconsultant brought onto the team to assist with developing the public outreach program and develop a Complete Streets Concept Plan. Our public engagement work resulted in the execution of several very successful engagement efforts and the use of some non-traditional input efforts. Our Complete Streets work initially focused on the the Lincoln Avenue Corridor and the concept ideas were so well received by the Local Planning Committee that we had to expand the effort to include the adjacent neighborhood. The concepts we developed resulted in $2.0M of the $10M DRI allocation being targeted to Complete Streets work. Our concepts are also being implemented in an expanded study area as part of a separate $1.7M grant effort.
Short-Term Rental Assessment
Planning4Places provided assistance to the Northern Dutchess Alliance to develop an assessment of short-term rental issues, opportunities, needs, and concerns among all Alliance members. Our work included assessing existing conditions, surveying member communities, utilizing data provided by the Dutchess County Planning and Development Department for Alliance communities, and incorporating other data sources to provide a comprehensive, non-biased report on the facts related to short-term rental use in Northern Dutchess County, NY. Our work culminated in the professional printing of which have been widely distributed and a presentation to attendees at the 2020 annual Alliance breakfast meeting.
Municipal Smart City Street Light Conversion & Evolving Technology Guidebook
Planning4Places led a team of lighting professionals in the development of this regional guidebook focused on implementation through the lens of the City of Saratoga Springs, NY. Commissioned by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), as part of their Smart Communities Program, this guidebook provides information to enable initial discussions among municipal stakeholders as steps are taken to assess existing conditions, needs, and options.
Freemans Bridge Road Complete Streets Concept Plan
As lead consultant, Planning4Places, LLC assisted the Town of Glenville and the CDTC on development of public input focused Complete Streets Concept Plan for the 1.5 mile auto-oriented, mixed-use, suburban corridor. The Concept Plan proposes a sidepath on one side of the road and sidewalk on the other with connections to the existing Freemans Bridge sidewalk (which is being upgraded to a sidepath as a result of this project), the trail to the Village of Scotia (which recently received improvement funds), the Route 50 corridor and Town Center to the North. Within one year of project completion, the Town was able to use the plan to secure $1.7M in the 2019-2024 TIP, one of only seven Bike & Ped. beyond Preservation projects funded in the region.