SUNY Cobleskill, Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency Host Re-Development Program Featuring Nationally Acclaimed Author Randall Arendt

October 27, 2011

SUNY Cobleskill and the Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency will host nationally acclaimed author Randall Arendt, on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in the College’s Curtis Mott lounge. The free interactive two-session program will illustrate re-development design strategies to create mixed-use centers from existing highway strips, helping towns and villages in Schoharie County implement smarter, more sustainable development patterns.


Sponsored by Creating Healthy Places in Schoharie County, and paid for by funding from a New York State Department of Health Grant, the sessions will be of interest to professional planners, civic leaders, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals members, landscape architects, engineers, commercial property owners and investors, and developers.


Space is limited to 75 and registration is required by Nov. 23 by contacting the Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency at 518-295-8770.


Arendt, who has lectured in 48 states and seven Canadian provinces, has written five books on creative land-use planning. The workshop will focus on his newest book Envisioning Better Communities: Seeing More Options, Making Wiser Choices. Session one (4-6 p.m.) of the program addresses visual blight and land-use dysfunction of most highway commercial corridors. Following a light dinner featuring local healthy fare, session two will be a hands-on design exercise, with participants applying lessons learned to typical situations occurring in Schoharie County.


For more information about Arendt’s presentation, visit


The program is part of a series of educational opportunities provided under the Creating Healthy Places initiative, which aims to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to residents in Schoharie County. Creating Healthy Places in Schoharie County is a five-year, $875,000 grant funded by the New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. It is one of 22 grants awarded statewide to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases in New York through the implementation of sustainable policy, systems and environmental changes in communities where people live, work and play.

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