Developing a comprehensive plan gives a community the opportunity to think about
its future and make some decisions looking at the 'big picture' rather
reacting to a particular proposal. It gives us the opportunity to
set a context for our decisions.
We think the Town of Hurley is a special place. With time everything changes.
The Committee presents this plan for your consideration with the hope
that we have outlined recommendations that will safeguard the essence
of Hurley while embracing a vision for the future
The Site Map is your table of contents. The following sections set the stage for what follows.
Vision :: Assumptions :: Process :: Background :: Committee :: Site Map
We shared this vision as we worked:
Honor and preserve
the best of Hurley – its beauty, its history, its agricultural
roots and respect for landowners’ rights. Treasure its friendliness.
Appreciate and protect the ease of living that comes with our
location. Acknowledge and prepare for the inevitable economic
and demographic changes that come with time.
The plan that
evolved addresses issues voiced by our residents and sets goals, objectives, and action
steps which reflect the community’s desires for the future of
Landowners’ rights and our collective, community interests should be balanced.
Value and preserve the rural, small town nature of our community
Pressure for development will increase due to telecommuting and our aging population.
Planning is an on-going process; it should be incorporated into the on-going
life of the community [top]
Comprehensive Planning Process
The comprehensive planning process included four surveys, four public forums
- two in West Hurley, two in Old Hurley, information and requests
for feedback on the town website, in the newsletter and e-newsletter,
and the Hurley Blog. The committee has met over a three-year period, reviewed previous planning documents,
talked with town staff, county planning staff, and other communities.
While more can always be done, we believe we should move forward
with our recommendations to-date.
Background and Resources
Links to many of the reports and survey results can be found in the site map. You'll
also find links to planning resources. [top]
of the major topics are listed in the navigation bar on the left.
Recommendations often relate to more than one topic, so the same
sub-page may be
listed under more than one topic. You can find a complete, alphabetical
list of pages on the site map.
Goals appear in yellow boxes at the top of a page. You'll find the recommendations
in the blue box at the bottom of a page. The text in between explains
A summary of all goals, our recommendations, and the next steps can be found
on the Table of Recommendations tab. You'll also find a link to
a PDF of that page you can print.
What you won't find: No plan can address everything, but there are a few issues
that were raised in the forums or comments that we chose not to
address. These are the issues and why:
Cell towers: The
town already has criteria for locating cell towers – health and
Deer Control: a DEC issue
Aerial spraying: State controlled
Pesticide use: County Health Department controlled
Testing well water: Resident responsibility, but we have recommended an aggressive public education program
Maverick Road traffic: included in traffic recommendations
Fines for building without a permit: already in place
Term limits for planning board members: The committee is comfortable with current regulations which require annual reappointment
Farm vehicle damage to town roads: difficult
to determine what vehicles cause damage. Most roads in town are county roads.
Town ethics/conflict of interest policies: currently under development.
We thank you for the opportunity to serve the community by developing this plan.
Comprehensive Plan Committee, August 2006
Ted Skaar (resigned, 2005)
Dale Whipple, Secretary
Ruth Wahtera, Chair