Gowanda Brownfield Planning
C&S Companies led the Village of Gowanda pre-nomination study as part of the New York State Department of State Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program, in 2016. This study was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Planning Award for Comprehensive Planning by the American Planning Association New York Upstate Chapter, Western New York Section. The C&S team collaborated with municipal leaders, community members, and stakeholders to establish a community vision for long-term redevelopment goals and objectives. We categorized and inventoried the Village of Gowanda to define existing conditions and strategically plan the village’s capacity for remediating and redeveloping brownfield and underutilized sites that are currently a blight to the community. Recommendations such as increasing economic development by actively building off of existing assets, such as Cattaraugus Creek will lead to a tourism-based economy to reinvigorate the village and increase the quality of life for all residents.