Madison County Planning Department was awarded funding from NYS Department of State (DOS) to complete a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) for the Old Erie Canal Corridor.  Once complete this will be a land and water use plan for the 36 miles of Old Erie Canal and Old Erie Canal waterfront.

What is a LWRP?

New York State's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is a locally prepared, land and water use plan and implementation strategy for a community's natural, public, working, or developed waterfront. In partnership with the Department of State, a municipality develops community consensus regarding the future of its waterfront and implements the plan to make the most of its waterfront. The main purpose of creating this plan is to reimagine and repurpose the iconic Old Erie Canal waterway in order to spur economic development, attract tourism, and revitalize our canal-side communities. Communities with an approved LWRP are eligible to apply for implementation funds (available only to communities with a LWRP). To read more about the NYS DOS LWRP: www.dos.ny.gov/opd/programs/lwrp.html#leg

What is the Old Erie Canal Corridor?

The Old Erie Canal corridor is defined as the surrounding communities and adjacent properties along the Old Erie Canal State Park as well as the Old Erie Canal State Park and canal waterway itself. In total, the 36-mile project spans three counties, Onondaga, Madison, and Oneida, and includes, from west to east, the Town of Dewitt, Village of Fayetteville, Village of Chittenango, Village of Canastota, Village of Wampsville, City of Oneida, Hamlet of Durhamville, and City of Rome.

Take a look at our proposed Waterfront Revitalization Boundary Area for the Old Erie Canal.  This Boundary is where the plan would apply and where projects will be identified in the future.

Why is the Old Erie Canal waterway important?

The Erie Canal is the most famous canal in the world, and it attracts visitors from all over the world to our communities. The 36-mile Old Erie Canal State Historic Park (OEC SHP), part of the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail and the Empire Trail, is one of our state’s most treasured assets, and we are fortunate to have this historic, recreational, and economic corridor running through so many of our communities.

Questions? Contact Jamie Kowalczk at (315) 366-2378

Public Input Meetings:
1. The first Public Input Meeting was held on February 28, 2019 4-6 PM at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.  The focus was on establishing the boundary for where the plan will apply.

2. The second Public Input Meeting was held on September 26, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Oneida City Hall.  The focus was on developing project ideas within the corridor and an inventory of the assets.

3. A third Public Input Meeting will be held.  Date and time TBD.

If you have comments, questions, or feedback please email jamie.kowalczk@madisoncounty.ny.gov or (315) 366-2378.