Coordination a must for New York smart growth

Following up on last summer's adoption of the New York State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Act, state officials met with environmental and smart growth advocates Dec. 15 to chart how the legislation should be implemented.

Elected officials, state agency administrators, and advocates gathered on Long Island, where they discussed the need to break down divisions among the various state agencies. "The meeting focused on the need to work together across all agencies to implement Smart Growth principles and projects for the State as a whole and how Long Island, the original suburb, can become an example," Vision Long Island reported in the Dec. 13-17 issue of its e-newsletter, Smart Talk.

Subi Chakrabordi, regional director of the state Department of Transportation, portrayed the conversion of 15 miles of Rt. 347 on Long Island into a suburban boulevard (click here for April 2010 New Urban News story about the project) as an example of all sides coming together. 

A recurring theme of the discussion, which drew more than 80 people, was the need "to direct the many state agencies to work outside their silos to benefit downtown projects throughout Long Island and elsewhere" in the state, Smart Talk noted.

A regional version of the state Smart Growth Cabinet, to serve Long Island's needs, would be worth establishing, some suggested.

To visit Vision Long Island's website, click here.