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Hammond gets first glimpse at its community plan

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HAMMOND – Residents got an overview of the nearly-completed community development plan Tuesday.

The community comprehensive plan includes 18 goals and 52 recommendations designed to help foster economic growth in Hammond.

The plan was compiled by St. Lawrence County Planning Office staff after a year of research. The county Planning Office held community public input sessions in May and August.

While the plan will not be available to the public for at least another week, Deputy County Planning Director Jason C. Pfotenhauer shared some of the plan’s details with the town council Tuesday.

“One goal is to establish a farmer’s market to support community agriculture in Hammond,” said Mr. Pfotenhauer. “One recommendation is to get established with GardenShare.”

The plan also includes recommendations to provide new business and commercial opportunities through state grants in order to revitalize the village’s downtown area.

Nine maps with a “range overview of different land uses,” are included in the plan, Mr. Pfotenhauer said. The maps, which include recreational amenities, broadband transmission speeds and agriculture sites, will help better organize and develop strategies to market the town, according to Mr. Pfotenhauer.

A draft of the plan was presented to a group of selected residents last month for their review.

“None of their recommendations will lead to a significant retooling or rewriting to the sections,” said Mr. Pfotenhauer. “The changes mostly are proofing and editorial errors.”

Before the community plan can be adopted, it must be approved by the village, town and county Planning Office, Mr. Pfotenhauer said.

“We have an impartial review staff from county Planning Office, who review it before it is approved by the county Planning Board,” said Mr. Pfotenhauer. “Before it can be formally adopted, the village and town boards must hold a public hearing.”

The community plan could be available on the Hammond and county Planning Office website as early as this week, Mr. Pfotenhauer said.

Town Supervisor Ronald W. Bertram said the town will most likely partner with the Economic Development Council to implement the plan.

“What’s important to remember is that this is the community’s comprehensive plan, not the county’s,” said Mr. Pfotenhauer. “It’s everybody’s onus. While it is under the guidance of the town village and economic development committee, it is everyone’s responsibility. Like anything, if you want the community to grow, the community needs to step forward and make it happen.”

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