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HALFMOON: OKs river vision plan

The Halfmoon town board wants to tap into the town's most visible natural resources the Mohawk and Hudson rivers.

The board signed off on an ambitious Waterfront Visioning Plan that was presented at a public hearing at the Tuesday, Aug. 21, meeting.

Nelson Ronsvalle, a grant coordinator with the town, gave a presentation on the background and recommendations of the waterfront vision.

The project started last year when the town obtained state grants to contract town engineers Clough, Harbour and Associates to assist in developing a vision for how to improve both of the town's riverfronts.

The first work the group set about to do was to identify what issues they wanted to address as part of a visioning plan," Ronsvalle said. "The group came up with a set of recommendations or objectives that they'd like to see as part of any future development that takes place on the riverfront. This really is in essence the core of their work."

Among the recommendations made were improving historic preservation, protecting the waterfronts as a community resource and improving public access to the rivers.

The plan separates both rivers into three sections, each with a different development focus.

For the northern end of the Hudson, the group suggested a mixed-use waterfront community that could serve as a gateway to the town. Similar recommendations were made for the eastern segment of the Mohawk, where the group recommended the development of a visitor's center.

Other recommendations for the eastern end of the Mohawk were to develop fishing access areas, parking areas and con-tinue the dock permit program.

The group recommended developing the middle segment of the Hudson River as an activity center with restaurants and other businesses, as well as continuing the multi-use trail near the river. Ronsvalle called this area a jumping off point for some of the recommended recreational uses.

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