Managing Growth in Southeast Orange County

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A new RPA report summarizes work commissioned by the County of Orange, NY and its Planning Department to conduct an inter-municipal land use planning process covering nine municipalities. The report outlines the business as usual, sprawling development pattern that can be anticipated over the next twenty-five years and identifies a smart growth alternative that would limit congestion and maximize affordability and quality of life. The concepts represented in this report outline a new vision for development in Southeast Orange County and potential implementation tools to achieve this vision. While several place-specific recommendations are made, they serve to illustrate ways in which this vision may play out at the local level rather than parcel-by-parcel development objectives.

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