A new comprehensive plan for the town of Busti is nearing completion, and residents offered their feedback on the draft plan at the first of two scheduled public input workshops held Saturday in Lakewood. The final workshop is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6:30 at the Busti Church of God.
Those in attendance were offered a chance to comment on a draft vision, as well as the proposed goals and strategies for achieving that vision. Goals addressing improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities, housing needs, and continued efforts toward shared services between the town and other municipalities received enthusiastic support. Residents also suggested the town's plan incorporate other county and regional planning efforts, including the Chautauqua 20/20 and county Greenway plans.
Busti last completed a comprehensive planning effort in 1970, and a new plan will address the needs of the community moving forward.
Busti Comprehensive Plan steering committee member Todd Hanson and resident Colleen Anderson discuss proposed goals for the town of Busti.
"Like many other towns and villages in the region, the town of Busti's population, which includes the village of Lakewood, is decreasing," said consultant Don McCord of Small Town Planning Services, who is assisting the town in the planning process. "Many other changes have occurred in both the town and the village, including a growth in commercial activity along Fairmount Avenue, residential and industrial development, as well as a decline in the number of operational farms and farmed acreage. The new plan will address the many changes, and help to guide Busti's future."
"The steering committee has worked hard on this process, and wants to be assured that our proposed goals for Busti's future meet the expectations of those living in the town," said Todd Hanson, a Busti Town Board member who participates on the comprehensive plan steering committee. "We need residents to come to our final meeting on Tuesday evening to offer their input."
Tuesday's workshop will take place at the Busti Church of God on Forest Avenue from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and "Best of Busti" door prizes will be awarded, featuring products and services donated from local businesses including Peterson's Candies, Robbins and Sons, Munsee Maple Products, Boomerang Cafe, Erickson Massage Therapy, Garfield Road Greenhouse, Southern Tier Brewing Company and others.