The St. Lawrence County Seat

Town and Villages Developing Comprehensive Plan

November 16, 2017

 The Town of Canton, Village of Canton, and Village of Rensselaer Falls are working together to develop a Comprehensive Plan for Canton. Once completed, the plan will guide Canton’s long-term vision and provide a framework for making this vision a reality.

A public workshop and open house was held in November to kick off the year-long Comprehensive Plan process. “It was a great opportunity for Canton residents to have their voices heard as we create a roadmap for Canton’s future progress and growth,” says Canton Village Trustee Carol Pynchon, co-chair of the Comprehensive Plan Committee.

“We are looking at everything from economic development, tourism, and waterfront revitalization to land use, zoning, transportation, and infrastructure,” explains committee co-chair and Town Councilman Jim Smith. “This planning process is long overdue – Canton’s last comprehensive plan was developed in the mid-seventies. This time around it’s great to have the Town and both Villages working together to develop the plan.”

The new plan will focus on making Canton a more attractive destination for travel and tourism. Improving the town’s infrastructure and facilities will be a key part of this effort. Making Canton more pedestrian-friendly, with better sidewalks and public spaces, will also be a priority.

Public participation will be encouraged throughout the Comprehensive Plan process. Multiple public workshops and formal hearings will be held, and information will be available and exchanged on an interactive website and the Canton Facebook page

The planning process is being guided by the Comprehensive Plan Committee, which includes representatives from each community; M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C., with the support of River Street Planning & Development, is facilitating the process. This project is supported by funding provided by the New York State Department of State, Local Waterfront Revitalization Program under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

For additional information and to keep up to date on the planning process, visit


Karin Blackburn, At-Large, Village of Rensselaer Falls
Dakota Casserly, At-Large, Town of Canton
Carol Gable, At-Large, Village of Canton
Michael Hammond, Rensselaer Falls Mayor
Sean O’Brien, Canton Village Trustee
Carol Pynchon, Canton Village Trustee
Leigh Rodriguez ~ Economic Development Director
Charles Rouse, Canton Village Planning Board
Jim Smith, Canton Town Councilman
Conrad Stuntz, Canton Village Zoning Board of Appeals
Don Tracy, Canton Town Planning Board
Bob Washo, Canton Town Councilman

Ginger Thomas – Recording Secretary

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