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| May 12, 2020

To our Clients, Partners, and Colleagues:

As we continue to navigate through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that you are all safe and well. Our thoughts go out to those who have been directly affected by this global health crisis, and we are deeply appreciative of the front-line workers who are working tirelessly to help patients recover and to provide the essential services our communities need.

For more than seven weeks, BFJ Planning has supported all of our employees in working from home, using a technology platform that allows for full virtual collaboration with our partners and clients, providing the same high quality of service that you have come to expect from our dedicated staff. We have also invested in new tools that enhance remote engagement, which we will use through the current pandemic and beyond, to connect with community stakeholders in ways that are accessible, comfortable, and effective.

For example, we have recently begun using Social Pinpoint, an integrated, web-based platform for public engagement that can provide unique project websites, public surveys, interactive mapping, and crowd-sourced input (idea walls). Collaborating with the community is foundational to BFJ’s work, and while face-to-face meetings may remain difficult for some time, we are enthusiastic about these new tools and how they can facilitate informative, democratic, and fun ways for stakeholders to share ideas and feedback.

 

 

We are also excited about several new projects that have recently launched:

  • In the Village of Ossining, NY we are underway with a comprehensive plan and zoning code update that will look to balance strategies to increase economic development with impacts on municipal facilities and neighborhoods. Ossining is one of Westchester County’s most vibrant and multi-cultural communities. This planning process is bringing in a wide range of stakeholders to create a vision for the future of Ossining that grows the tax base, expands investment in the downtown and waterfront, and celebrates the Village’s diverse population. 
  • In Jersey City, NJ, BFJ is leading a team of planners and designers to create a new Land Use Element that will guide future development decisions and regulatory changes. Jersey City’s built environment is rapidly evolving, and we will look at land use principles at a variety of scales that incorporate issues of community character, social equity, and resiliency.
  • In Stamford, CT, we are undertaking a city-wide parking analysis study focusing on right-sizing parking requirements, introducing incentives for a more efficient parking and land-use structure and improving the City’s overall parking management system. BFJ is using the Coord platform to manage the inventory and utilization of on-street parking allowing the City of Stamford to analyze curb data in an efficient, accurate and user-friendly manner.
  • In December, BFJ completed a Comprehensive Plan Update for Pine Plains, NY. Key recommendations focused on making the zoning code more flexible for residential and commercial uses, strengthening protections for sensitive resources, and expanding recreation opportunities. We are now assisting the Town in reviewing a proposed conservation subdivision and recreation-oriented resort on a 2,600-acre environmentally-sensitive site situated on Lake Carvel and Stissing Mountain.

Our firm remains deeply committed to providing services at the highest level and to continuing our work to help communities thrive. 

Thank you for your continued trust in our organization, and we wish you and yours the best.


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