Ensuring a collaborative process throughout the Baldwin DCCR Study will allow for effective community input from the key stakeholder agencies and organizations, local business community, property owners, and neighborhood groups. Outreach efforts to date have included preparation of the Baldwin DCCR Study Public Involvement Plan (PIP), small group meetings, creation of a project website, and participation in the Baldwin Day Picnic. The PIP serves as an outline for providing various opportunities for community members to know and understand the study process, to comment on the study as it progresses, to feel confident that their concerns and ideas have been heard, and to contribute to building a consensus about the outcomes. Within the Baldwin DCCR PIP, a project schedule was developed to provide a roadmap for the engagement process.
A Desire to Connect North and South Baldwin
“Baldwin Oaks Civic Association held June 15, 2016. The group expressed a need for design guidelines to improve commercial corridor beautification, incorporating North Baldwin into the plan in hopes of removing the barrier that exists between North and South Baldwin, and addressing safety concerns along Grand Avenue.”
At the Baldwin Day Picnic
“Through the interactive boards, participants expressed their need for a diversity of businesses along Grand Avenue, including clothing stores and sit-down family oriented restaurants. Some participants expressed that vacant sites along commercial corridors throughout Baldwin would be best utilized for the development of a community center. In addition, many were favorable to having open lot parking along the commercial corridors and the Baldwin [Long Island Rail Road] LIRR train station. In addition, biking amenities were also favored in those areas.”
“Resiliency, in terms of mitigating impacts related to Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, was seen as needing much improvement. Residents felt a lack of communication between aid organizations, government agencies, and residents of the affected areas in the aftermath of the storms. Respondents suggested the implementation of a plan for post-storm procedures to improve organization and cleanup efforts. Respondents also indicated a need for a volunteer task force that would designate an evacuation center to provide resources, utilities and basic amenities to address concerns with respect to post-storm procedures during future storms/emergency events.”
On Housing Options
“… participants expressed an understanding that increased diversity of housing stock in Baldwin would assist in accommodating the needs of residents desiring non single-family housing options.”