Join us as we take a look back at Long Island’s progress and triumph’s in 2016.
Smart Growth on Long Island: 2016
A Year In Review…
For Our Full Write Up of
Smart Growth in 2016, Go Here.
|What a year….
We hope you will take a minute to take stock of what was truly meaningful for the LI Smart Growth movement in 2016.
This year end review is simply a small selection of the 40 downtowns on Long Island that are approving Main Street projects and the more that have planning initiatives underway. Some of the meaningful work of securing infrastructure projects for transportation and sewers is also included.
We helped the doubling down of support for community based planning and redevelopment particularly for projects with tangible public benefits. We also saw a dramatic drop in support for real or perceived efforts from off Long Island regional interests seeking to plan our communities. That is in line with the anti-elitism message that has been resonating out here for many years.
We have been planning in tough areas where many said consensus could never be achieved with progress in Hicksville, Kings Park, Baldwin and Mastic Beach.
We assisted an increased effort from our Federal and State officials to bring infrastructure dollars in the right locations with local public support. We saw targeted project funding and two bills pass in Albany with the support of the 90 member LI Lobby Coalition and the first long term Federal Transportation bill.
We developed, continued and some cases stronger, partnerships with leadership from local chambers of commerce, civic associations, municipal officials, and groups advocating for bus service, complete streets, Sandy recovery, seniors and our local youth.
Most importantly we saw Long Islanders continue to embrace our downtowns as hubs for events, the arts, music, food, cultural activities and other forms of recreation and commerce. The product of our collective planning and advocacy brings the most joy and great experiences were had for young, old, families and folks of all races, backgrounds and cultures in Long Island downtowns this past year.
We have been honored to work with the thousands of Long Islanders that are actively making changes in their local communities. This year many folks on our team have been able to speak, participate in events, lobby with you and provide support in a myriad of ways.
Thank you for the trust you have place in us as your locally based partner to help improve our downtowns and infrastructure and we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2017.
Board & Staff of Vision Long Island
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Vision Long Island advances more livable, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible growth on Long Island through Smart Growth. Smart Growth focuses on infill, re-development, and open space preservation. It supports mixed-use, mixed-income communities that are convenient, attractive, pedestrian-friendly, and that make affordable housing and public transportation desirable and realistic.
Over the past 19 years Vision has counseled downtown Villages and Towns, and has been a resource for the County, State, and Federal governments, as well as the business and civic community on downtown revitalization, planning and infrastructure. Vision has made over 2,100 presentations, performed over 20 community visionings and advanced over 100 projects, including 12,000 units of transit oriented development towards implementing the goals of Smart Growth on Long Island.