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Open Space Plan Goals and Objectives; member roster
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Mark Storti, Chairman
December 31, 2018
Wendy Carroll
December 31, 2018
Dan Grzybowski
December 31. 2018
Edwin Lucier
December 31, 2018
Jack Osterlitz
December 31, 2018
Hank Stebbins
December 31, 2018
Harry Willis
December 31, 2018
Town Council Liaison
Michael Aragosa

Draft Open Space Plan Goals and Objectives

Goal:    Preserve and enhance the natural and cultural features of the community that form its unique qualities.  


·      Maintain and frequently update the Open Space Areas map, as well as the “Schaefer map,” as needed.
·      Evaluate properties being earmarked for development using the open space scoring/ranking system to determine the merits of maintaining these properties, or portions of these properties, as open space.
·      Integrate open space planning into the Town’s planning/zoning review process to ensure that open space protection opportunities are considered for all areas of town.
·      Pursue options and funding sources for the periodic acquisition of properties and easements.
·      Partner with land trusts to secure open space lands and to assist in the stewardship of these lands.

Goal:   Promote a land use development pattern that is consistent with the carrying capacity of natural resources and the ability to provide services.  


§      Promote conservation subdivision design and/or clustering to preserve open space within housing subdivisions.
§      Limit water district and sewer district extensions to the non-rural portions of Glenville
§      Pursue the use of transfer of development rights, where practical, to preserve open spaces in rural areas while allowing for greater density where appropriate.
§      Consider alternatives to large lot zoning such as clustering, conservation subdivision design, transfer of development rights, and the planned unit development process.

Goal:   Ensure the quality of the Town of Glenville’s water resources.  


·      Pursue options and funding sources for the acquisition of properties in the most critical areas of the aquifer, most notably within the Town of Glenville and Village of Scotia wellhead protection zones and primary recharge zones.
·      Protect streams, ponds and wetlands from the impacts of development through the imposition of buffers as part of the subdivision and site plan review procedures, and identify guidelines/standards for these buffer zones.
·      Pursue conservation easements or outright acquisitions of parcels or portions of parcels within stream headwater areas and along stream banks.

Goal:   Protect and promote agricultural and forestry operations.


·      Reach out to landowners who may be eligible for agricultural and forestry tax exemptions to make them aware of the open space preservation and monetary benefits of these New York State programs.
·      Identify key agricultural lands that would be well-suited for preservation and earmark these lands as “sending areas” for the Town’s pending Transfer of Development Rights program.
·      Encourage the use of conservation easements for the preservation of forest lands and agricultural operations.
·      Use the Town’s website to promote agricultural and forestry operations and preservation, including links to agencies/resources and advertising of farmers’ markets.

Goal:   Preserve the rural character of western Glenville, which is the portion of Town generally defined as the area west of Sacandaga Road and north of the Mohawk River.


§      Limit water district and sewer district extensions to the non-rural portions of Glenville.
§      Encourage cluster subdivisions and/or conservation subdivision design for new subdivision proposals in western Glenville.
§      Consider adoption of higher minimum well yield thresholds as a prerequisite for issuance of building permits for new homes.

Goal:   Retain forested areas, fields, stream corridors, wetlands, and other open spaces in the eastern portion of Glenville, to the maximum extent practical, so as to establish and preserve buffers between developed areas.  


§      Revise the Town’s Subdivision Regulations to eliminate the clear-cutting of housing development sites.
§      Apply conservation subdivision design, clustering, and other non-traditional housing development patterns in order to preserve buffers on new housing sites.

Goal:   Provide increased protection for environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, flood plains, steep slopes, wildlife habitat areas, unique geological formations, etc.


·      Promote land use development patterns that direct growth to land without natural resource constraints.
·      Protect sensitive areas via “Land Conservation” zoning.

Goal:   Preserve the character of historical sites and structures throughout the Town.


·      Build awareness and appreciation of the importance of the Town’s historical heritage.
·      Develop an inventory and map of local historic sites and buildings.
·      Investigate the merit of establishing historic district(s) within the Town.
·      Seek state and national historic registry designation for worthy properties.
·      Designate local historic “landmarks” worthy of protection.
·      Develop tax incentives and regulations encouraging the preservation of historic properties.

Goal:   Protect, expand, and/or create active and passive recreational facilities and opportunities.


·      Preserve and improve public access to the Mohawk riverfront as well as stream corridors throughout the Town.
·      Pursue land acquisitions near existing recreation lands, parks, and preserves.
·      Acquire land and/or develop recreational facilities in and near major housing subdivisions.
·      Develop a network of trail systems throughout the Town, with initial focus on establishment of the Glenville portion of the Long Path.
·      Continue to support and recognize the heritage values of traditional outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, and trapping, consistent with New York State’s Open Space Plan for Region IV.
·      With assistance from NYSDEC, the Town should pursue public fishing rights (PFR) along suitable stream corridors.

Goal:   Identify and protect scenic views as seen from roadsides, parks, preserves, and other areas frequented by the public.


§      Locate development away from viewsheds.  If new development can’t be directed entirely away from viewsheds, visual impacts should be minimized through appropriate building placement, orientation, height, bulk, style, and color selection.

Goal:   Preserve and enhance key entryways or gateways to Glenville.


§      Clarify and enforce existing zoning regulations that require identification and ornamentation of the various Town gateways.
§      Establish a desired or preferred design/appearance for gateways.
§      Seek assistance and/or donations from local entities for landscaping and beautification of gateways and installation of Town entrance signs.  


Town of Glenville Open Space Committee Roster

Charlie Beers, III
Diane Berning
Maureen Crowley
Dan Grzybowski
Aaren Hatalsky
Al Haugen*
Dan Hill*
Stephen Janack
Hugh Jenkins
Ray Koch
Stanley Lee
Larry McArthur
Michael R. McHale
Clarence W. Mosher
George Nigriny
Jack Osterlitz
Michael Pileggi
Judy Rightmyer*
Mike Sheppeck
Don Snell*
Hank Stebbins*
Michael G. Sterthous*
Mark Storti*
Daniel Testo
Harry Willis*
Joseph Zeglen

Steering Committee members' names in italics*.

Planning staff:
Kevin Corcoran, Town Planner (688-1200, ext. 407 –
Mike Burns, Planner I (688-1200, ext. 407 –

Town Board liaison: Valerie DiGiandomenico, Councilwoman


Glenville Open Space Committee

Mission:  To draft an Open Space Plan for review and consideration by the Glenville Town Board.  The Plan will identify open space properties considered worthy of preservation, as well as strategies and funding mechanisms to accomplish open space preservation.

Activities: In developing a draft Open Space Plan, the Glenville Open Space Committee will undertake the following tasks:

·      Compile an inventory of existing open spaces, and prepare a map identifying those open spaces.    
·      Develop and distribute a survey to Glenville landowners to gauge public opinion on open space preservation.
·      Develop a scoring system to evaluate and rank open spaces.
·      Prepare a map that identifies and prioritizes open spaces targeted for preservation.
·      Identify strategies and tools for preserving open space.
·      Identify funding mechanisms for the preservation of open space.

Timeframe:  It is anticipated that it will take 12 to 18 months to develop a draft Open Space Plan.

Membership:  Twenty-eight (28) individuals have expressed an interest in serving on an Open Space Committee (as of this date, 19 of the 28 have reconfirmed their interest in serving on the Committee)  In an effort to keep the Committee manageable, membership will consist of a nine-person Steering Committee, with the balance of the membership serving on subcommittees.
The number, composition, and charge of the subcommittees will be determined by the Steering Committee during an early work meeting of the Steering Committee.  The subcommittees could be topical in nature (i.e. agricultural resources/preservation, riverfront environment, natural resources, funding options, public outreach) and/or geographic in scope (West Glenville, central Glenville, East Glenville, etc.).

Deliverables to the Town Board: The Committee will deliver a draft Open Space Plan to the Town Board at the completion of their mission.  The format of the Plan has yet to be determined, as there are various options available for open space preservation, some being very passive, others being quite aggressive, with a number of options in between.  The final “flavor” of the Plan will be determined in large part by public input, and by input from the Town Board, Glenville Environmental Conservation Commission, and Planning and Zoning Commission.

Quarterly Reports:  The Steering Committee shall prepare written quarterly reports, not to exceed one page in length, to be distributed to the Town Board at appropriately-timed work session of the Board.  The Steering Committee Chairman and/or staff of the Planning Department, shall attend the work sessions to summarize the quarterly report and to answer any questions of the Board.    

Resources:  Various agencies and publications are available as resources to guide the Town’s Open Space Committee.  The following is a partial list of resources:  

·      New York Planning Federation (various written materials and a 90 minute presentation by NYPF staff).
·      New York Department of State’s publication “Local Open Space Planning Guide.”
·      Schenectady County Planning Department (SIMS [Schenectady Internet Mapping System] mapping resources, 30+ years of land use data)
·      Capital District Regional Planning Commission (Census data to track population growth and urbanization patterns over the last 50+ years)
·      Town of Glenville Planning and Building Departments to track subdivision development, commercial development, building permits, and water & sewer service extensions over time).
·      Local municipalities who have developed open space plans (Clifton Park, Wilton, Malta – others?), as well as other notable communities in New York State (primarily suburban towns around Rochester)
·      Behan Planning Associates (Capital District consultant who has prepared a number of open space plans, including the above-noted Capital District communities)

1/9/06 (revised)
2/24/06 (revised)
3/14/06 (revised)

Publicly-owned Open Space in the Town of Glenville

Sanders Preserve
Town of Glenville
Indian Meadows Park
Town of Glenville
Various State-owned parcels along Mohawk River/Exit 26 Bridge
State of New York
Indian Kill Nature Preserve
Schenectady County
Big Island (Isle of the Onondagas)
State of New York
Maalwyck Park
Town of Glenville
Lock 9 Canal Park
State of New York
Daly’s Island
State of New York
Little Island (Isle of the Senecas)
Schenectady County
Cozy Dale
Town of Glenville
Unnamed Island (“Conor Island” on some maps)
State of New York
Hemlock Hollow
Town of Glenville
Berkley Square
Town of Glenville
Indian Kill Park
Town of Glenville
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Schenectady County
Freemans Bridge Boat Launch
State of New York
Green Corners School
Town of Glenville
Total Open Space Acreage
Total Acreage in Town
Percent of Open Space

Town of Glenville Planning Department
March, 2004
May, 2006 (revised)