December 31 is the deadline for people to comment on the "Discussion
Paper for Use in the Capital District Transportation Committee
and Capital District Regional Planning Commission's Quality
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and the
Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDTC) issued
this report to begin a discussion on the quality of life issues
in the Capital Region. Opening their report noting that "residents
of the Capital Region can 'have their cake and eat it
too'" and enjoy the community-based cohesiveness
of small town life while simultaneously reaping the benefits
of major metropolitan activities.
The report notes on the plus side: the region has ample land,
abundant water, clean air, strong schools, identifiable places,
rich history, moderate climate, and established public infrastructure
and an educated skilled work force.
According to the report, the minus side includes many disparities
between the conditions faced by one community and another in
the region, between one population group and another. A flat
economy has led to few new well-paying, career-oriented jobs
in the region. Also, there is an excess of underused industrial,
commercial and residential properties in the urban areas, while
at the same time recent suburban development has produced few
good examples of community design to build to build upon and
land consumption continues to grow at a much faster rate than
The region faces serious threats in the coming years, including:
future loss of key industries, increasing disparities and isolation,
squandered opportunities for regional competitiveness, unhealthy
migration patterns, excessive land consumption and degradation
of environmental resources, increased auto dependency and declining
personal mobility and threats and expenses related to security
The most interesting statistic quoted in the report is that
11% of households in the Capital Region do not own a car. Many
of the recent development proposals around the Capital Region
are designed only to use cars as a transportation system, thus
not accommodating the needs of a large percentage of the population.
The public is asked to comment on this important draft document.
Comments will be accepted until December 31, 2002. To obtain
a copy of the report, call CDTC at 458-2161 or CDRPC at 453-0850,
visit cdrpc.org or cdtc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed in the December 2002 Dinner/Hike Notice