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    Suffolk County Announces Adoption of Comprehensive Master Plan
    August 3, 2015 9:37 am  
    Suffolk County Announces Adoption of Comprehensive Master Plan

    Plan Provides Framework for the Future of the Region; First Master Plan in 44 Years

    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the adoption of the Comprehensive Master Plan 2035 document which was unanimously passed by the County Legislature.  The master plan provides the framework for sustainable growth and resiliency and for economic development that will help to retain and attract businesses and create jobs for Suffolk County residents.

    The Comprehensive Master Plan 2035 document is the first comprehensive plan to be adopted by Suffolk County since 1971.

    “The landscape of Suffolk County has dramatically changed over the last 45 years, and the need for an updated plan and vision is evident,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.  “The initial plan advanced several developments in response to dramatic population growth – like open space and farmland preservation programs – but now we must continue to build on our world-class assets.  Suffolk County’s future is now, and we must all come together to create a resilient and sustainable region.”

    “On an island like ours, how we use our limited land is a reflection of our values, our expectations and our goals,” said David Calone, Suffolk County Planning Commission Chairman.  “The purpose of Suffolk County 2035 is to create a strategic plan for our county by determining where we are as a region and where we want to be.”

    Contact: Vanessa Baird-Streeter 631.853.7801 (office)

    The plan includes hundreds of recommendations for the region’s future as well as current initiatives that are currently being launched –including the County’s Reclaim Our Water initiative, Innovation Zone plan and regional planning alliances, such as the agreement that was signed in April by the County, the Towns of Islip and Brookhaven and the Long Island Railroad.

    The Comprehensive Master Plan 2035 encompasses three themes: revitalize, rebuild and reclaim.  The document stresses the importance of revitalizing the economy, rebuilding the region’s downtowns and infrastructure, and to reclaim the quality of the County’s groundwater, surface water and terrestrial resources.

    The master plan additionally highlights the necessity to build a 21st century transit network to provide more transportation outlets to improve mobility, access and safety; the need for careful planning in current and future projects; provide equitable, affordable and fair housing; enhance economic competitiveness and capacity to build an innovation economy; support vibrant communities; streamline government and coordinate policies; and protect the environment.

    The plan also cites world-class research institutions, including Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, as essential to the County’s future.

    County Executive Bellone collaboratively worked with members of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, town planners, Long Island Railroad and many other stakeholders to help shape the master plan.

    Dr. Lee Koppelman, who served as Suffolk County’s first planning director from 1960-1988 and as executive director for the Regional Planning Board for 41 years, also worked with the County to provide his experience, insight and recommendations.

    “I think supporting the most recent efforts of the Planning Department is a no brainer,” said Dr. Koppleman.  “No county anywhere in the nation has achieved the environmental protection that this county has achieved.  The county, in my judgement, is in very good hands, and the future of the county is, in my judgement, an absolutely bright one.”

    Section 239-d (2) of Article 12-B of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York authorizes the County governing body to adopt a County Comprehensive Plan.

    For more information on the master plan, log on to www.suffolkcountyny.gov or www.facebook.com/stevebellone.

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