The future is looking bright here on Grand Island. Earlier this week, local officials released a sweeping 115-page document that outlines the strategies, goals and principles that will shape the next 20 years of growth and development in the Town of Grand Island. This new comprehensive plan is the successor to a 1995 report which was last revised in 1998.
The 2018 Comprehensive Plan is the culmination of thousands of hours of work from volunteers throughout the community. According to its introduction, the purpose of the new plan is to “address the future land use of the Town of Grand Island and to refit many of the previous planning elements to meet today’s needs and challenges.”
The new plan places a strong emphasis on improving access to walkable trails and flexible transportation options on Grand Island. It’s also designed to tackle the civic planning challenges associated with Grand Island’s unique history; whereas most towns begin at a central point and grow outward, the community of Grand Island was born on its shorelines and spread inward.
“What we heard over and over again is that people want walkability, they want accessibility and they want to control sprawl,” said Town Supervisor Nate McMurray in a statement.
The town is already putting its plans to improve walkability into action, thanks to a $1.3 million grant which will go toward building sidewalks on both sides of Grand Island Boulevard from Webb Road to Fantasy Island. These sidewalks will receive new trees and streetlights, and the town plans to apply for additional funding to extend the sidewalks south to Baseline Road as well.
If you’d like to check out the 2018 Comprehensive Plan for yourself, you can view the entire document here!