Regional Transect - NYC to Sullivan County

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • RLUIPA and expectations of communities versus religious needs

  • How the affordability of NYC has created extreme commuting situations, and what can be done.

  • The management of water resources when demands are regional and need to factor in what to do in situations of both too much water and not enough water.


Travel through the complex relationships of rural communities to the surrounding metro areas.  This mobile workshop will delve into the connections of Ulster, Orange and Sullivan Counties to NYC, Trenton NJ and Philadelphia PA.  The workshop will be an all day event and as such will be able to cover multiple issues:


  • the connection of the NYC water supply and how that affects land use decisions as well as water release decisions for the Upper Delaware River;

  • orthodox communities which are predominantly seasonal from NYC are becoming more year round We will discuss how the insular nature of these communities affects perceptions and how there are different expectations about land use and esthetics.

  • Extreme commuting and how the affordability of NYC has driven people into situations of extreme commuting.

  • Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and why Woodstock NY benefits more from a festival that didn’t happen there…and why permitting is so interesting in Sullivan County.

  • The connection of the NYC water supply, the Delaware River Basin Commission and eminent domain used to create the Delaware River Water Gap gave rise, at the time unique, designation and governance of the NPS Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.


Freda Eisenberg , , Callicoon , NY
Helen Budrock , AICP , Sullivan Renaissance , Liberty , NY (see bio)
Andrew Schwartz , AICP CUD , Environmental Planning & Design , Pittsburgh , PA (see bio)
Megan Tennermann , AICP , Orange County Planning Dept , Goshen , NY (see bio)
Kristina Heister , Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River , Beach Lake , PA