Planning Process

The Town of Ramapo, in partnership with the Laberge Group Team, identified key steps necessary to prepare a successful Strategic Plan. Major components of the Project are defined on this page.

  1. Planning Committee Meetings: The Town Supervisor appointed a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) in fall 2018. The PAC is comprised of people with diverse interests and backgrounds. Drawing on broad perspectives and subject knowledge, they will help guide strategic planning. The PAC can advise on and help refine strategy through their understanding about the community’s attributes and the potential relationships between key factors. The PAC will aid review of documents and help establish connections with community groups and leaders.  PAC Meeting summaries will be available on Planning Documents.

  2. Town Department Heads, Community Leaders & Stakeholder Meetings: Laberge Group Team has met with several Town department heads to discuss current issues and long-term needs. The Team will also meet with local and regional leaders (stakeholders) to gain understanding of the Town’s position in the region, identify and delve into development issues and opportunities, and gather information that can put life to data being compiled and topics and alternative options and approaches being analyzed within the strategic plan as it is developed.

  3. Community Profile: Based on review of existing documents, meetings with community leaders and the interested public, and research and data collection, including geographic analysis, Laberge Group Team will produce a profile of existing conditions, using narratives, maps, tables and charts. This inventory will identify issues and opportunities for each strategic plan as it is developed. The Community Profile will be posted on the Planning Documents.

  4. Public Outreach: Community participation is a central component of the Strategic Planning (and environmental review) effort. Diverse public engagement serves to inform the community about the project and it provides a means for interested persons to supply input regarding needs and strategy. All opportunities for public participation are posted on Get Involved.

  5. SEQRA: Per New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) protocols, the Town Council is required to take a hard look at the potential impacts of each strategic plan. Opportunities for the public to provide feedback will be available during a Public Scoping Session and a Public Hearing. All documentation for SEQR can be found in Planning Documents and public meetings will be posted on Get Involved.

  6. Draft Strategic Plan: A Draft Plan will be developed that will tie together all elements completed throughout the planning process and it will include: goals, strategies, and an implementation plan. The Town Board will hold a Public Hearing on the Draft Plan (found in Planning Documents. Meeting information will be posted on Get Involved.

  7. Final Strategic Plan: A final revised Strategic Plan will be prepared based on public comments received during the Public Hearing and Comment period for the Town Council’s consideration. All documents will be posted on Planning Documents.