The Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism hosted Open Houses on April 29 and May 8 with regard to the creation of a Comprehensive Plan that will guide the future of Cattaraugus County.

An additional open house will be held on Wednesday, May 14, at the County Center Building in Little Valley and will begin at 6 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Another way to provide input is to take a brief survey at

Listening to our community is very important to understanding what is important to the people of Cattaraugus County. We want to gather your opinions, thoughts and ideas about the county and its future. What are the important issues facing your communities? What are your concerns? What should the county’s role be?

Your comments will be used to help establish goals for the county as we develop this new comprehensive plan. The purpose of this plan is to set forth a blueprint for the development of the county as an attractive place to live, work, invest and retire. The Open House will be an opportunity to share your thoughts of the county’s future.

The first Comprehensive Plan for Cattaraugus County was adopted in 1978. Since then, many changes have occurred in our county, many not anticipated or envisioned by the plan. A new comprehensive planning approach is needed to address the challenges of the 21st century and build upon more recent planning initiatives, such as the Smart Development for Quality Communities Guidebook Series and the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. The new plan should also tie in to regional efforts by Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board and the WNY Regional Economic Development Council.

For more information on the Open House, or if you have any questions on the county’s Comprehensive Plan, please feel free to contact James H. Isaacson, senior planner, at (716) 938-2320 or email