Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan -- Land Use
An Ecosystem-Based Watershed Management Plan
Susquehanna and Chemung Basins of New York
Water connects us all...
Use the landscape in ways that support healthy water systems.
- Promote land use patterns that facilitate enjoyment and sustainable use of lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands while preserving natural watershed functions.
- Promote development patterns that strike a balance between preventing sprawl, minimizing floodplain development, encouraging infill development, and protecting steep slopes.
|Steep Slopes Guidance|
EXISTING PLANS & DATA:
- County Plans:
- Broome County Natural Resource Inventory
- Cortland County Consolidated Plan (2002)
- Madison County Open Space Plan
- Schuyler County Comprehensive Plan (2004)
- Tioga County Strategic Plan: Tioga 2010 (2005)
- Tompkins County: Comprehensive Plan (2004). Conservation Plan: A Strategic Approach to Natural Resource Stewardship (2007). Scenic Resources Inventory (2007).
- Land Use Considerations for the Broome County Plan for Sustainable Economic Development: Recomendations by the Broome County Environmental Management Council (2002).
- Conservation Blueprint for the Otsego Region: The Otsego Land Trust's strategic plan for protecting and preserving working farms and forests, important natural areas, and significant historic and cultural sites.
- Municipal Plans. The following plans include useful examples of provisions that support Susquehanna-Chemung Action Plan goals:
- Town of Erwin Green Infrastructure Plan (DRAFT, 2005): A natural resources and greenways planning strategy
- Susquehanna Heritage Area Management Plan Amendment: A regional strategy for developing a New York State Heritage Area program in Broome and Tioga Counties.
- New York State Open Space Conservation Plan: Presents a statewide Action Agenda for achieving conservation priorities (Chapter III) and a list of specific Priority Conservation Projects (Chapter V). Priority projects in the Susquehanna-Chemung Watershed are:
- 53 - Susquehanna River Valley Corridor (Delaware and Otsego Counties)
- 79 - Maumee Swamp (Herkimer County)
- 87 - Central Leatherstocking - Mohawk Grasslands Area (Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties)
- 92 - Develop a State Park in Cortland County
- 94 - Genny Green Trail / Link Trail (Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Onondaga Counties)
- 103 - Two Rivers State Park (Tioga County)
- 104 - Emerald Necklace (Tompkins County)
- 109 - Chemung River Greenbelt (Chemung and Steuben Counties)
- 129 - State Forest, Unique Area & Wildlife Management Area Protection (statewide)
- 131 - Working Forest Lands (statewide)
- 132 - State Park and State Historic Site Protection (statewide)
- 133 - Statewide Farmland Protection
- 134 - Long Distance Trail Corridors (including Finger Lakes Trail, Genny-Green Trail/Link Trail, and North Country National Scenic Trail)
- 135 - Statewide Small Projects (Public Fishing Stream & River Access Projects, Waterway Access, Enhancement of Public Lands, Rare Habitats, Historic & Archaeologial Resources, Trail & Greenway Connections, Stream Buffer Easements, and Important Bird Areas)
- Critical Environmental Areas have been designated by local agencies to draw attention to the exceptional or unique environmental character of local areas. Although this designation does not ensure long-term protection, it increases awareness of the special attributes or resources and requires consideration of these characteristics when a proposed action is subject to SEQR review (under the State Environmental Quality Review Act).
- Broome County: Well Field Recharge Areas (Town of Vestal). French Tract (Town of Vestal).
- Cortland County: Homer Public Water Supply Source (Town of Homer). City Water Works (Water Board of the City of Cortland). Groundwater Protection Overlay District (Village of McGraw).
- Steuben County: Valley Fill Aquifer (Town of Wayland).
- New York State DEC State Lands Interactive Mapper: Contains Trails, DEC Land, DEM, Topographic Images, and Wildlife Management Units.
- Environmental Navigator: The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) interactive mapping utility includes an Environmental Facilities map of DEC regulated facilities (superfund sites, active solid waste management facilities, major electric generation facilities, etc.) and a Mineral Resources map of regulated wells and mines.
Sprawl Without Growth:
A 2003 land use study of upstate New York showed
a 30% increase in land development between 1982 and 1997,
but only a 2.6% growth in population during the same period.