City weighs comprehensive plan

GLOVERSVILLE – The city is preparing to update its comprehensive plan, which would serve as a guide for the city’s development efforts.

City officials expressed support for the update Tuesday. The council may vote Nov. 26 on hiring an engineering firm to work on the comprehensive plan.

The comprehensive plan hasn’t been officially changed since the 1990s, city officials say.

The city’s effort to build an access road along Route 30A led to discussions about updating the comprehensive plan.

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones previously gave the Common Council the option of looking at a price quote to update the part of the comprehensive plan dealing with Route 30A, or overhauling of the entire plan, including downtown.

However, Jones said the Greenman-Pedersen engineering firm of Albany told him the city is better off updating the entire plan.

“They said to take a document that old and attempt to change just one part of it, when we try to go through the [state environmental quality review] process, we are probably going to have trouble with that,” Jones said.

He said the proposal by Greenman-Pedersen to overhaul the plan is $39,500, which he said is lower than other estimates of around $80,000.

He said the new plan would take up to 14 months to be completed.

“Frankly, I think it’s important to do this,” said 6th Ward Councilman Wrandy Siarkowski.

Mayor Dayton King said a committee made up of public officials and members of the community likely will be formed to give input to Greenman-Pedersen about what the city wants to do in the future.

Jones said he would have a formal resolution prepared regarding the comprehensive plan for the council to adopt at the next meeting.

The city is considering building an access road along Route 30A from Steele Avenue to South Kingsboro Avenue.

The city had to submit a “break in access” request packet that included a finalized study of the access-road proposal to the state Department of Transportation for its approval.

The DOT has since told the city it needs a clear plan for development and commercial businesses on the edge of the city along Route 30A, Jones said.

The access road would run west of Route 30A and parallel to it for about a mile between the two roads.

The access road would have direct access to South Kingsboro Avenue at one end and Steele Avenue at the other end. It could connect with Route 30A at the halfway point. The proposed roadway would stretch across nine parcels of privately owned land.

Jones said the current comprehensive plan doesn’t say the city opposes development along the edge of the city’s borders, but it doesn’t address the issue.

King said a new comprehensive plan would become the marketing plan for the city.

“When businesses look to move to an area they like to see a city that has a comprehensive plan and see that what they would like to do fits within the city,” King said. “We are really making strides and starting to tackle some of the problems that have hurt our city for a long time. We have to make people aware of what’s available, and I think we will get more grant opportunities with an updated comprehensive plan.”