Public Input Sought For Oswego’s 2020 Plan

OSWEGO, NY – City officials Monday night heard an update on Oswego’s 2020 Vision Comprehensive Plan.

The plan, adopted in August 2003, is meant to guide the city’s economic and community development through 2023.

The plan has provided the successful framework to garner state and federal grants and guidance for design parameters to preserve and enhance the city’s natural, historical and cultural aspects, according to Mary Vanouse, the city’s community development director.

It is “a living document,” which requires periodic review and modification by the community to ensure that the Port City achieves its long-term goals and objectives, she added.

The city used grant funding to hire a professional planning firm to conduct public meetings and create a draft revision of the current 2020 plan based upon citizens’ comments.

Andy Raus and John Steinmetz of Bergmann Associates presented an overview of the city’s 2020 Vision Plan update process at the Planning and Development Committee meeting.

The firm will facilitate the required public meetings and draft a revised plan.

The draft revision will be reviewed by the council before being adopted.

Four meetings will be held May 12 to give residents in all parts of the city an opportunity to express their views.

The meetings will be held at Oswego Middle School from 3 – 5 p.m.; the Education Center, East First Street, from 3 – 5 p.m.; Oswego High School from 6 – 8 p.m.; and Fitzhugh Park Elementary School from 6 – 8 p.m.

Members from the city’s 2020 Steering Committee and Bergmann Associates will be on hand at each meeting.

Raus and Steinmetz have already begun meeting with some stakeholders including the president of SUNY Oswego, the Oswego superintendent of schools, the director of the Port and others.

“We had a very busy day today,” Raus said.

The categories the plan encompasses include Safe Neighborhoods, Natural Resources, Leadership, and the Economy.

The current plan identifies 237 implementation items, Steinmetz noted.

“One hundred and 12 of those are in progress and 14 are completed,” he said.

“We will continue to examine what the public feels is left to do (from the current plan) and what else might need to be done,” Raus said. “There will be significant opportunity for public involvement. We invite the public to participate in a very hands-on, interactive process.”

Information specific to this project will also be posted on the city’s web site.

The goal is to identify a top 25 to 35 list of things that are very doable in the next 5 to 10 years, Raus added.

By late summer, they will come up with a draft plan.

The draft plan will be reviewed in September. There will be a public hearing in October before the final plan is presented to the city for adoption.