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Steuben County unveils comprehensive plan: What’s next for Southern Tier center?

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Steuben County has announced a comprehensive plan to develop services in nine critical areas that will shape the future of the county over the next 15 years. The plan aims to provide policy and investment recommendations that will encompass the diverse needs of the county’s 48 municipalities spread out over 1,404 square miles.

The county’s Comprehensive Plan Committee will present information gathered during public input workshops held in January to members of the county Legislature during their next session on Feb. 27. The plan focuses on nine critical areas, including broadband, infrastructure, workforce and economic development, housing, agriculture, transportation, recreation, and sustainability and resilience.

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According to Deputy County Manager Christopher Brewer, the comprehensive plan is a significant step in tying together all of the recent and extensive planning and studies that have taken place in the county. He emphasized the importance of engaging the community and enlisting their active support and input to develop the plan.

To ensure that the public’s voice is heard, the county will host an online meeting on March 16, followed by a plan to work with municipal leaders in April at Corning Community College. The county encourages interested individuals to participate in these meetings and visit the county’s website for more information on how to get involved.

“The task of developing a comprehensive plan that encompasses the local needs of such a diverse population is not an easy one,” said Brewer. “We need everyone to be involved in developing this plan, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with the community to shape the future of Steuben County.”