County Launches Municipal Planning Cooperation Initiative
Real Estate In-Depth | July 30, 2018
WHITE PLAINS—As part of Westchester County Executive George Latimer’s ongoing initiative to keep open lines of communication between the county and local municipalities, Latimer announced on July 26 the launch of the Community Liaison initiative through the Westchester County Department of Planning.
The program provides a link between the County Planning Department and local municipalities to help them meet their needs, including planning and zoning, grant applications, identifying best practices and providing referrals to other county government services.
Latimer said, “This Community Liaison initiative ties directly into my Good Neighbor Policy, in keeping an open line of communication between County government and our 45 municipalities. I want our local communities to feel like they are supported, and can get the answers that they need about government services and best practices.”
Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Planning Norma Drummond said, “This initiative benefits everyone involved. The Planning Department staff all volunteered to take on the various communities they had knowledge of, and are looking forward to expanding that knowledge and establishing a working relationship with each municipality.”
The initiative was praised by a number of municipal leaders, including
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, who said, “Thoughtful regional planning is essential to our economy, environment and quality of life. I applaud the County Executive for his commitment to building a capable and visionary Planning Department and am confident that the county’s enhanced planning resources and relationships will be an important asset for Westchester’s cities, towns and villages.”
Mayor of Ossining Victoria Gearity said, “Ossining’s success is deeply impacted by decisions made by our neighbors. We are grateful that the County Department of Planning has re-established the Community Liaison Initiative to help facilitate inter-municipal relationships for the benefit of all our communities.”
Each municipality in the county has been contacted by their County Community Liaison and the program is now in effect.