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The Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act offers local governments the opportunity to participate in the State’s Coastal Management Program (CMP), on a voluntary basis, by preparing and adopting local waterfront revitalization programs (LWRP) providing more detailed implementation of the State’s CMP through use of existing broad powers such as zoning and site plan review. When a LWRP is approved by the New York State Secretary of State, State agencies’ actions must be consistent with the approved LWRP to the maximum extent practicable. When the federal government concurs with the incorporation of a LWRP into the CMP, federal agencies’ actions must be consistent with the approved addition to the CMP.
Preparation of a LWRP
A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is both a plan and a program. The term refers to both a planning document prepared by a community, as well as the program established to implement the plan. The Program may be comprehensive and address all issues that affect a community’s entire waterfront or it may address the most critical issues facing a significant portion of its waterfront. 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
An adopted and approved LWRP provides the following benefits to communities who choose to become involved:
Any village, town, or city can prepare a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. However, only communities located along a waterway designated in Executive Law are eligible for grants from the Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalizaton Program for its preparation and implementation.
The Town and Village of Clayton Local Waterfront Revitalization Program is a locally prepared comprehensive land and water use plan for the Town and Viilage’s natural, public, and developed waterfront resources along the St. Lawrence River.
The Town and Village of Clayton LWRP refines and supplements the State’s Coastal Management Program and provides an inter-municipal comprehensive framework within which critical waterfront issues can be addressed, and planned waterfront improvement projects can be pursued and implemented. This is a major amendment to the original Village of Clayton LWRP, approved in 1986. The approval history of Town and Village Clayton LWRP will be published in a final public notice.
Individual sections of the LWRP can be found at the NYS DOS Office of Communities & Waterfronts website or you may download the fulll Town and Village of Clayton LWRP document.
The 1986 Village of Clayton LWRP provides a historic perspective on the evolution of the Village’s waterfront revitalization efforts along St. Lawrence River.
Building on the recent construction of the Frink Park Pavilion, the Village and Town of Clayton are currently planning to extend Riverwalk and install new transient docking facilities along the St. Lawrence River to increase public access to its waterfront and downtown.