Maren King and Kate Auwaerter, 2006-2007
The Village of Sodus Point is known for its beautiful waterfront setting, friendly character and attractive neighborhoods. During the warmer months people from around the region enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and other waterfront related activities. The seasonal nature of its economy, however, presents many challenges to the village and local businesses. The struggle to attract patrons outside of the summer months is evident in several deteriorating or vacant buildings. The Wayne County Planning Department secured a grant from the NYS Office for Small Cities to develop a downtown vision plan to determine how to maximize the assets of the village, attract and retain businesses, and improve the condition and appearance of the downtown business district.
The CCDR worked with the village mayor and a community advisory committee to design and facilitate the vision planning process. Over 100 people participated in a series of four workshops that progressively moved from documenting existing conditions to developing strategies to achieve their desired future. In this process, they discovered common values through discussions about village resources, opportunities and concerns, explored desired land uses and activities, evaluated alternative physical improvements through hands-on modeling and review of illustrative drawings, and in the final meeting, prioritized strategies and experimented with creating action plans.
The Downtown Sodus Point Vision Plan and Design Principles resulting from this planning effort are already being used to guide the redesign of the very visible waterfront parking area and for completion of a greenway connection to the county beach on Lake Ontario.