A Community Affair

From smart growth, economic development and Heritage Tourism, to protecting communities from natural disasters, there are many reasons to consider a planning effort. The LA Group partners with communities throughout the Hudson and Mohawk River corridors, the Adirondack Park, the Capital Region, Long Island and beyond, bringing a cross-discipline team of experts and an environmental focus.

In the wake of Hurricanes Irene, Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee, our firm has participated with the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. We’ve assisted a number of communities to recover from flood disasters, while at the same time, helping to plan and implement projects to protect them from future damage and add waterfront features that build their infrastructure and economy.

Certified Environmental Planners bring added value to historic and scenic byways projects such as New York State’s Lakes to Locks Passage, Historic Hudson-Hoosic Rivers Partnership, Rogers Island Visitors Center, and work for the National Park Service at Saratoga Battlefield.

Municipal and Public Agency Consulting Services

Our multidisciplinary team, which includes certified planners, environmental scientists, landscape architects, civil engineers and GIS specialists, provides assistance with:

  • SEQRA reviews – from initial submissions through SEQRA Findings Statements;
  • Project siting studies;
  • Subdivision review;
  • Special use permit review; and,
  • Site plan reviews.

Comprehensive Planning

In cities, towns and villages throughout the Adirondack Park, Hudson Valley and Upstate New York, The LA Group has applied a comprehensive planning process, assisting communities with:

  • Analysis of existing conditions;
  • Development of community surveys;
  • Coordination and facilitation of public workshops;
  • Development of goals, objectives and recommendations for implementation; and,
  • Complete resource overlay mapping using GIS.

Zoning Code Development and Revision

Working with local review committees and Town/Village Boards, we assist with the development and revision of local zoning codes, taking into consideration:

  • Existing definitions;
  • Land use;
  • Area and bulk tables;
  • District boundaries;
  • Neighboring zoning;
  • Existing planning documents;
  • Environmental constraints; and,
  • Local development trends.

Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRP) and Implementation

A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program provides a step-by-step process by which a community can create and implement a strategy to address concerns and plan for improvements for its natural, public, working or developed waterfront. By creating community consensus, an LWRP provides clear direction for development and usages that will respect the unique cultural and natural characteristics of a waterfront.

The LA Group has extensive experience with New York State and Federal legislation regarding LWRP’s and has assisted many communities develop, adopt and implement them. Often, we address issues that impact multiple communities along a common waterfront, working to build consensus and collaboration.  Our work includes:

  • Collaboration with the NYS Department of State and the Division of Coastal Resources to ensure the LWRP is adopted and projects are fundable through state and federal programs;
  • Coordination with local laws, projects and partnerships;
  • Analysis of waterfront parks, housing and businesses;
  • Evaluation of connecting streetscapes within the boundaries; and,
  • Creating connections from the waterfront to downtown and business districts.

Fiscal and Economic Analysis

We are keenly aware that many projects include financial impacts; both to local governments and public services, as well as to the economy of host communities. We provide expert analysis to assess:

  • Governmental revenue and expenditures at both the local and regional levels;
  • Impacts to public service providers;
  • Impacts to public school districts;
  • Potential population impacts; and,
  • Demand for housing, commercial and professional services and retail stores.




Saranac Lake waterfront

“Our master plan project was a three-year intensive design experience and The LA Group stood strong, cultivating a highly collaborative experience with excellent results.”

– Michael Phinney, Phinney Design Group

“From inception to completion, The LA Group developed our project with sincere interest in making it a special place for our community. Not only did they help fulfill a crucial recreational need, but they involved residents at every step along the way to further establish a sense of place.”

– Joanne Yepsen, Mayor, City of Saratoga Springs