Municipal representatives from twenty-one LIRR station area jurisdictions attended the Nassau County Station Area Infill Redevelopment Study "Municipal Advisory Group (MAG)" meeting on August 22, 2012. The purpose of this meeting was to provide Nassau County's public leaders, planners, economic development and municipal advisors for the 21 station areas under review a venue to provide insight to our study. The input received will help to shape our approach to sustainable station area planning and livability in Nassau County.
The meeting commenced with an introduction to the project by the County and its team of consultants, led by Parsons Brinckerhoff, followed by a presentation on livability and the principles of transit-supported development in the context of each of the twenty-one stations under evaluation. The meeting then transitioned into an interactive session where MAG representatives were asked to review and evaluate their respective station areas for "desire" and "readiness" for transit-supported development. MAG representatives were asked to:
-Add/correct information on a large base map that is helpful and relevant.
-Label/annotate the base map with any existing efforts that support livability in the station area, including but not limited to, land use and zoning, economic development, the environment and transportation.
-Complete a "Transit-Supported Development Readiness" questionnaire for each station.
-The meeting concluded with a charrette-style report to the group. The MAG representative from each station area (or group of station areas within a single municipality) presented an evaluation of station area environs and a summary of the station area questionnaire response.
Based upon the information gathered at this meeting, the project team will update the twenty-one station area existing conditions inventory and identify areas of opportunity for transit-supported development and livability enhancements. Feedback garnered at this meeting, along with that of future stakeholder and public workshops will guide the County in its selection of three station areas that will receive planning assistance in the form of site-specific transit-supported development plans.