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Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)

About the Town’s LWRP 

The NYS Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a comprehensive plan management program that promotes the balanced preservation, enhancement, and utilization of the Town’s valuable waterfront resources. The LWRP is both a planning and regulatory program to advance the vision and best utilization of the Town’s water resources and adjacent inland access. The proposed Waterfront Revitalization Area (WRA) for the Town’s LWRP includes two subareas including 1) the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and 2) the Cayuga Lake shoreline. Once complete, the LWRP waterfront policies, regulations, and recommendations will serve as a guide for future development and improvements to the waterfront areas. The Seneca Falls LWRP is being prepared with funding provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Waterfront Revitalization Area (WRA)

The map below visualizes the proposed WRA for the Seneca Falls LWRP.

Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC)

The Seneca Falls LWRP is led by a Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) comprised of interested parties at the local, county, regional, and state levels. The WAC intends to provide diverse perspectives regarding the water and land uses within the WRA. The WAC includes the following individuals and associated organizations:

Name Affiliation
Frank E. Schmitter Supervisor, Town of Seneca Falls 
Greg Zellers Director, Seneca Falls Development Corp 
Kristin Sandroni Marketing Coordinator, Generations Bank; Vice-Chair, Seneca Falls Development Corp 
Joseph Lorenzetti Retired Physician 
Judy Wentzel Executive Director, Bonafiglia Foundation 
Christopher Lytle Representative, Ludovico Sculpture Trail 
Jessica Lorenzetti Teacher, Seneca Falls Central School District; Secretary, Seneca Falls Development Corp 
Christine VanDusen Business Owner; Seneca Falls Development Corp 
Andrew Olden, Ph.D. Executive Director, Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center 
Allison Stokes Ludovico Sculpture Trail 
Doug Avery Treasurer, Seneca Falls Development Corp; Former Board Member, Town of Seneca Falls 
Sheila Giovannini President, Board of Directors, Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center 
BJ Radford CFO, Cayuga Nation 
Rachael Bowman Park Manager, Cayuga Lake State Park 
Ahna Wilson Superintendent, Women’s Rights National Historical Park 
Michael A. Mestan President, Northeast College of Health Sciences 
Joell Murny-Karsten Government and Community Relations Manager, NYS Canal Corporation 
Charlie Cappelino Board Member, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network 

Public Engagement Opportunities

There will be multiple opportunities for public input during the creation of Seneca Falls’ LWRP. Engagement opportunities will include a community survey, multiple public workshops, and a public hearing during the environmental review process. We want your voice to help guide the Town’s LWRP.

LWRP Survey
We are currently developing a survey to gather more information on your experiences and vision for the future of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and Cayuga Lake waterfronts. Stay tuned for the survey launch in early June 2024!  

Contact Us
Do you have comments or feedback about the Seneca Falls LWRP?  Contact that WAC by emailing emma.falkenstein@mrbgroup.com or call the Town at 315-568-8013, Option 2. 

Documents

LWRP Sections
Coming Soon 

  • Section I
  • Section II
  • Section III

WAC Meeting Notes

FAQs

Q: What is an LWRP?  

A: Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a locally prepared, comprehensive land and water use program for a community’s natural, public, developed, and working waterfront areas. The LWRP must plan for long-term land and water uses, designating local regulations and policies, as well as identified waterfront projects.  

Q: What are the benefits of preparing a LWRP?

A: Once approved, the LWRP reflects the community’s consensus and provides a clear vision for the future of Seneca Falls’ waterfront areas. It establishes a long-term relationship among the local government, community-based organizations, local and regional stakeholders, and the state. The policy section of the LWRP ensures that permitting, funding, and actions by federal and state agencies must be consistent with the Town’s LWRP. Additionally, funding to advance the implementation of the LWRP is available under Title 11 of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund for projects identified and in alignment with the Town’s LWRP.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: The Town is committed to a community-driven planning process. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to get involved including sharing your experiences with the Town’s waterfront areas, shaping priorities and projects, and providing feedback on the draft LWRP.  

A. There will be multiple ways for you to shape Seneca Falls LWRP including:  

  • Public Workshops  
  • A Community Survey  
  • Pop-Up Engagement Events  
  • SEQR Public Hearing 

We will post information regarding public engagement opportunities on this website, and public news outlets.

Q: Where can I learn more?

A. Go to the NYS Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization website at https://dos.ny.gov/local-waterfront-revitalization-program to learn more about the program process.