Watertown Daily Times | Town council pursues joint local waterfront revitalization program

CAPE VINCENT — The Town Board wants greater control over future development along the town’s shoreline, prompting members to pursue a shared Local Waterfront Revitalization Program with the village.

“It’s important because it’s a document like the comprehensive plan and it’s supposed to be designing and shaping the future of what Cape Vincent is supposed to look like in the next 20 to 30 years,” Supervisor Debra J. Suller said. “The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program will formulate a policy on development and what we want to see along the coastline.”

Councilman Edward P. Bender said he and Mrs. Suller have been conducting the preliminary work needed to host a kickoff meeting between both the Town Board and Village Board of Trustees, which he said hopes to hold “ASAP.” The town received a grant in January that would allow it to create a new document, an effort Mr. Bender said took 18 months.

“It’s something that needs to be done,” Mr. Bender said. “We’re going to start it and get it done.”

The program, according to the state Department of State website, includes a document from a town, which would address issues affecting either the town’s entire shoreline or a specific section, and a program to implement that plan. State actions must be consistent with approved plans “to the maximum extent practicable,” according to the website.

Mr. Bender said he believes the program would help businesses along the waterfront and Mrs. Suller said the program will help the town secure grants. The new document, Mr. Bender said, would build off of the village’s local waterfront revitalization program, which it first adopted in 1987 and approved in 1988, and encompass about 32 miles of shoreline in the town.

Mrs. Suller said the current iteration of the “village plan is more than five years old so it needs to be revisited anyway.”

Mr. Bender said the Town Board must…

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