The Broome County Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a comprehensive approach to re-imagining the County’s numerous waterways, and how they can be leveraged to support natural resource protection, enhance access for recreation and provide economic revitalization opportunities. The LWRP builds upon the 2011 Intermunicipal Waterfront Public Access Plan framework and affords a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to help determine how the County can take advantage of its waterfront assets. This process will yield a unified waterfront vision that integrates a beautiful landscape and a reimagined economy, with opportunities for improved riverfront access and waterfront uses in a manner that preserves ecological benefits.
The preparation of a LWRP is an approximately year long process that will result in a planning document, based heavily on community-driven information and feedback. The Broome County LWRP will address key issues and opportunities facing the County’s waterways and nearby landside areas. The LWRP follows a step-by-step process which is outlined by the NYS Department of State in a document – available online – called the Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs in the Coastal Area: Guidance Manual for Preparing Local Programs. In general terms the planning process, which is guided by community engagement, includes the following key steps:
Developing an Inventory and Analysis of Key Existing Conditions within the Waterfront Revitalization Area (WRA) Boundary (see boundary description below)
Identifying Policies and Programs to Support Waterfront Revitalization Goals
Defining Local and Regional Projects to Enhance the WRA and support Community and Regional Revitalization Goals
The Waterfront Revitalization Area
What is a LWRP?
A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a planning document and implementation program prepared by a community located along a designated waterway. An LWRP follows a step by step process by which a community can advance community planning from a vision to implementation. Benefits of a LWRP include:
Provides clear direction for appropriate waterfront development
Increases opportunities to obtain public and private funding for future projects
Establishes long-term partnerships between multiple levels of government
Aligns local, state and federal actions
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The Broome County Waterfront Revitalization Area (WRA) is approximately 30,000 acres in size and is oriented along the County’s major rivers: the Susquehanna River, Chenango River, Tioughnioga River, Delaware River, and Nanticoke Creek. The WRA includes land in 22 different municipalities and spans a diversity of landscapes, from the urbanized centers of Johnson City and Endicott to the rugged terrain at the foothills of the Catskills Mountains. Although centrally located at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers, the City of Binghamton is not included in the Broome County WRA, as the City has already established its own Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.