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UDC Grant Assists Town of Tusten to Update its Comprehensive Plan

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) awarded $9,000 to the Town of Tusten to finalize its two-year update of the Town Comprehensive Plan, recently completed under the Fiscal Year 2021 Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program.

The Tusten Town Board retained consultant Peter Manning from Genius Loci Planning of Bovina Center, NY to work with an appointed committee to continue updating the town’s 2007 document through a series of virtual meetings held during the pandemic.

The Comprehensive Plan includes inventories, summaries of existing conditions, maps, goals and objectives, responsible parties and potential funding sources for topics that include land use, housing and residential areas, transportation, and community services.

Serving on the appointed Comprehensive Plan Committee were Town Supervisor Ben Johnson, Councilwoman Jane Luchsinger, Assessor Ken Baim, Code Enforcement Officer Jim Crowley, Art Hawker, Crystal Weston, Mike Farrell, Elaine Giguere, and Heather Jacksy.

The revised plan was determined on June 9 by the National Park Service to substantially conform to the Land and Water Use Guidelines of the Upper Delaware River Management Plan based on review by the UDC’s Project Review Committee and April 1 full Council recommendation. The Operations Committee approved the payment on July 27.

In Fiscal Year 2020, the UDC awarded Tusten $10,000 to embark on Phase I of the update. The total project cost for Phase II was $11,956.25, with the town subsidizing the balance.

FY 2021 TAG applications were accepted until Aug. 28, 2020, awarded by UDC resolution on Oct. 1, and had to be completed by Aug. 20, 2021, which is also the date for submission of Fiscal Year 2022 proposals.

From 1988-2021, the Council has awarded a cumulative total of $916,952 to fund 260 municipal projects.

Please visit the Technical Assistance Grants page at, or contact UDC Resources and Land Use Specialist Shannon Cilento at (845) 252-3022 or for more information.


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