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Lake George will use various ways to get comprehensive-plan input

August 25, 2014 11:00 am
LAKE GEORGE — When the town’s current Comprehensive Plan was adopted more than a decade ago, nobody would have known what a hashtag was and how to use it to partake in crafting one of the town’s most important documents. The economic and technological climate has evolved since the town’s 2002 planning document was put in place. Now, as a committee proceeds with updating the Comprehensive Plan, officials announced a community-wide four-day event in September and a social media component to get as much feedback from the public as possible. “The creation of the comprehensive plan is really important for any town. It’s the policy document for a community that sets the basis for zoning and land use planning, and it’s a vehicle for obtaining grant funding,” said Paul Cummings of The Chazen Companies, who has been working with the Lake George 2014 Vision Project Advisory Committee on the update. The committee meets publicly on the fourth Thursday of each month, but this September gathering is meant to engage the public and result in a set of solid recommendations. The Fort William Henry Conference Center at 48 Canada St. donated space for the four-day public community charrette. A charrette, a French term with origins in the architectural field, is an intense collaborative planning session that takes place over multiple days in a compressed time frame. The Lake George 2014 Vision Community Charrette utilizes a system of public participatory events and feedback loops. The public can attend workshops with breakout sessions, planning open houses and focus group meetings. “It’s probably the most important component,” said Keith Oborne, the town’s director of planning and zoning, as it’s where the public will gather and be engaged. It’s not the only time the public can weigh in. After the charrette, there will be public hearings leading up to adoption of the updated comprehensive plan as well, but this is the public’s chance to help craft recommendations for it. The charrette begins Sept. 17 with an opening session public workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fort William Henry and continues until Sept. 20 when the closing session and public workshop is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lake George Town Hall. Residents don’t have to wait until next month to share their priorities and thoughts on the comprehensive plan. They can use Twitter or Instagram to share thoughts and photos using the common hashtag #lg2014plan, which Cummings said he and others will be checking. “At the end of four days, we’ll have some idea of the approach we want to take to address an issue,” Cummings said. After a new Comprehensive Plan is adopted by the Town Board down the road, it can be used to update the Zoning Code, which is about a year to 18-month process in itself after the comprehensive plan is in place, Oborne said. The Town Board first began to form the committee, which includes a broad spectrum of the community, about a year ago. Since 2001 demographics have changed, there was a recession, housing trends are different and watershed protection and stormwater regulations aren’t the same. “Technology has changed, especially when it comes to on-site wastewater systems and when it comes to stormwater management. There are planning concepts out there that could potentially be helpful to water quality and land values and there are smart growth approaches,” Oborne said. The town requested funding through the state Consolidated Funding Application process to develop a community and waterfront revitalization strategy to focus on land use, economic development, water quality, preservation and sustainability issues. It was awarded a 50/50 matching grant, — $37,500 — in Local Waterfront Revitalization Program funding through the state Environmental Protection Fund. The entire project costs $75,000, and the town has budgeted to pay for its half. “If we get the kind of turnout and engagement we’re hoping for, it’s an intense multi-day process that sort of forces you to make decisions,” Cummings said.

CHAZEN SPONSORS 2014 OFFICE FOR THE AGING SENIOR PICNIC PROGRAM

Poughkeepsie, NY (August 13, 2014) -- The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is proud to have sponsored Dutchess County Office for the Aging Senior Picnics. Since 1993, the Senior Picnic Program has given senior residents of Dutchess County the opportunity to get out and socialize with their peers while enjoying a nutritious meal at a series of events held throughout the county each summer. This year Chazen sponsored and attended events in Wingdale, Rhinebeck, Wappinger, Beacon and Poughkeepsie. These picnics celebrate the contributions of seniors to Dutchess County and offers them access to county-wide health and wellness information all in one place. Founded over 65 years ago, The Chazen Companies is a professional services firm offering engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services. With an accomplished staff of 100, including over 40 licensed or certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals, Chazen serves a diverse range of clients, including land developers, municipalities, healthcare and educational institutions, and private industries from offices in the Hudson Valley, Capital District and North Country in New York.

CHAZEN HIRES NEW LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT/PROJECT MANAGER

Poughkeepsie, NY (August 1, 2014) -- The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is pleased to announce the hiring of George Turner as Landscape Architect/Project Manager in our Capital District office. Mr. Turner will lead project design teams and manage projects from schematic designs through construction administration. Mr. Turner received his Associate’s Degree in Landscape Design from SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill, NY and his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Prior to returning to Chazen, Mr. Turner worked for M.J. Engineering in Clifton Park and Fuss and O’Neill of New York in Albany. Mr. Turner has worked on multiple projects throughout the Capital District including Liberty Terrace, student housing for SUNY University at Albany; rehabilitation of the North Swan Street Park in Albany; reconstruction of the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar; Golub Corporations Main headquarters in Schenectady; and Capital Living Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady. Founded over 65 years ago, The Chazen Companies is a professional services firm offering engineering, land surveying, environmental and safety consulting, planning, and landscape architecture services. With an accomplished staff of 100, including over 40 licensed or certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals, Chazen serves a diverse range of clients, including land developers, municipalities, healthcare and educational institutions, and private industries from offices in the Hudson Valley, Capital District and North Country in New York.

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CHAZEN HIRES NEW PROJECT MANAGER/PROJECT STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Poughkeepsie, NY (July 18, 2014) -- The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is pleased to welcome Michael Baron, PE as Project Manager/Project Structural Engineer in our Capital District office. Mr. Baron received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Prior to joining Chazen, Mr. Baron worked for RRC Engineering in Wrentham, MA working on the structural rehabilitation and reuse of the former Worcester Telegram and Gazette in Worcester, MA and the design of new office and warehouse buildings for Perkin Elmer at their Hopkinton Complex. Mr. Baron also worked for Tripi Engineering Services specializing in concrete restoration and building envelope design projects as well as LeMessurier Consultants where he worked on several high rise buildings and large-scale institutional and educational projects. Founded over 65 years ago, The Chazen Companies is a professional services firm offering engineering, land surveying, environmental and safety consulting, planning, and landscape architecture services. With an accomplished staff of 100, including over 40 licensed or certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals, Chazen serves a diverse range of clients, including land developers, municipalities, healthcare and educational institutions, and private industries from offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy and Queensbury, New York.

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Chazen Hires New Senior Project Engineer/Project Manager

Poughkeepsie, NY (June 24, 2014) -- The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, and landscape architecture services, is pleased to welcome Andrew Seidel, PE as Senior Project Engineer/Project Manager at their headquarters in Poughkeepsie, NY. Andrew joins the Municipal Engineering group where he will be working on a variety of water and wastewater projects supporting both private and public market sectors. Mr. Seidel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Operations with an emphasis on Environmental Engineering from Iowa State University. Most recently, Mr. Seidel worked as a Senior Engineer for Morris Associates where he worked on a variety of projects related to water systems and wastewater systems. Mr. Seidel was a Design Engineer involved in Poughkeepsies’ water treatment plant upgrades and Lead Engineer for upgrades to the Town of Lloyd Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Greenport Wastewater Treatment Plant as well as numerous projects within the Dutchess County Water and Wastewater Authority. Prior to Morris Associates, Mr. Seidel worked for Gemark Corporation as a Plant Engineer where he assisted with plant operations, regulatory compliance, research and development. Founded over 65 years ago, The Chazen Companies is a professional services firm offering engineering, land surveying, environmental and safety consulting, planning, and landscape architecture services. With an accomplished staff of 100, including over 40 licensed or certified employees and 20 LEED® Accredited Professionals, Chazen serves a diverse range of clients, including land developers, municipalities, healthcare and educational institutions, and private industries from offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy and Queensbury, New York.

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