BAINBRIDGE Ė After hearing a plea from the Town of Bainbridge for financial help to update its outdated comprehensive plan, Chenango County leaders have opted to table the request until after the new year.
The Town of Bainbridge first sought financial assistance from the Chenango County Planning and Economic Development Committee in August, citing potential for the town to rebuild its economic base thatís being restricted by a comprehensive plan that hasnít been updated since 2003. According to Bainbridge representatives, new vision is needed to keep the township on track.
Itís also recommended by the New York Department of State that municipalities update their comprehensive plan every three to five years. An outdated plan makes it nearly impossible for a municipality to be awarded state and federal grants for large-scale development projects.