Public hearing set for July 18 on Western Orleans comprehensive plan

Staff Reports Posted 6 June 2018 at 1:53 pm

SHELBY – Residents in western Orleans County are welcome to attend a public hearing on July 18 to comment about a comprehensive plan for the towns of Shelby, Ridgeway and Yates and the villages of Medina and Lyndonville.

The plan covers a broad array of topics, including socioeconomic trends – housing; land use – zoning and development; infrastructure and utilities; environment; historic, cultural, and municipal resources; parks; open space and recreation; economic development; transportation; and sustainability.

For each topic area, the plan summarizes existing conditions, identifies issues and opportunities and outline recommendations and action items.

A committee with officials from the municipalities has been working on the plan for about 18 months. The Western Orleans Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee has completed a draft of the plan, a 339-page document that is available by clicking here.

The July 18 public hearing and information session begins at 6 p.m. at the Shelby Town Hall, 4062 Salt Works Rd.

“The draft WOCP is the result of 18 months of hard work by Committee members and the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development,” said Yates Town Supervisor Jim Simon, who also chairs the Committee and is responsible for revising the WOCP.

He urged western Orleans residents to review the plan and provide some input. Comments can be directed to the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development – the agency facilitating this process. Copies of the Plan and comment forms can be found at the town and village halls of Shelby, Ridgeway, Yates, Medina and Lyndonville, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, and the Yates Community Library.

Comments should be submitted to the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development at 14016 Route 31, Albion NY, 14411. Additionally, an electronic comment form can be found on the Department’s webpage.

Questions about the WOCP or the public involvement process should be directed to Sarah Gatti at the Orleans County Department of Planning and Development by phone at 585-589-3187 or email at

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