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DUNKIRK – Only two proposals were received from companies interested in working on the Town of Dunkirk comprehensive plan in time for Friday’s special meeting of the Dunkirk Planning Board.

Wendel Engineering submitted a price of $37,800 and MRB Group of Rochester proposed $48,000.

Chairman Vincent Vecchiarella said eight companies requested packets after the project was advertised in early January.

Each board member was given copies of the proposals and asked to review them. The board hopes to make a recommendation to the Town Board at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Vecchiarella said that the comprehensive plan is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete. The idea is to have community members participate but it has not been decided if it will be restricted to Dunkirk residents, or whether someone who owns or operates a business in Dunkirk could be included.

Planning Board members outlined the key benefits in adopting a comprehensive plan. They said it will define the vision and shared goals and strategies for their community in the future. They also want to provide regulations for land use and programs, and improve opportunities for grant and loan applications. 

The board said it wants the plan to promote sustainable development and encourage a stable and enduring economic base for the area.

They also want to provide a healthy, safe and educational environment that preserves land, cultural resources and protects the historic and recreational assets of the area.

Focus groups will be developed to gather ideas and data about what should be included in the plan. It is expected that the groups will meet regularly with the professional consultant hired to complete the plan, Vecchiarella said. 

He said the consultant also will be required to look at land surveys, maps and other documents to ensure that future development is promoted in accordance with local laws.

Vecchiarella said he hopes that the focus groups will become very involved in the process. He said focus group members should come from many areas of interest in Dunkirk, including agriculture, history and cultural groups, environmental areas, transportation, housing, educational, health and emergency services, parks and recreational facilities, commercial and industrial businesses, and other people who have an interest as a stakeholder in the community.

Those interested in serving on the comprehensive plan focus group should contact the clerk’s office.