In 1986, a group of Warwick citizens united to successfully block a plan to dump radon-contaminated soil just over the town’s border in Vernon, NJ. In 1993, that group, now called Community 2000 or C2K, conducted public “visioning" sessions to create the direction for development in preparation for the year 2000.
Over 600 Warwick Valley residents contributed almost 1,800 ideas including a new Master Plan for the town, the open space preservation program (PDR), farmers markets, and the Artists Open Studio Tour. In recent years, C2K has sponsored a variety of local community groups including Sustainable Warwick, Warwick Summer Arts Festival, Project Knomad, Family Central, Village of Warwick Sesquicentennial Year, Safe Space America, Orange County’s only Repair Café and a Too Good To Toss Community Goods Exchange.
WHAT IS COMMUNITY VISIONING?
Community Visioning is a process that invites everyone who lives or works anywhere in the Warwick Valley to think about how they would like to see their community develop over the next 20 years.
- key strengths to be preserved or enhanced
- possibilities that don’t yet exist
- opportunities for improvement
- future threats that need to be recognized/addressed
Thinking about these important questions is only the start. The real Community Vision emerges as thoughts are expressed and shared by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people and the consensus of how we see our future together becomes visible to everyone.
Once that Community Vision has been developed, the work of creating an action plan to achieve the highest-priority shared goals can be determined with roles for local government, the business community, and community organizations.
It’s been 24 years since the first Visioning and a whole new generation of Warwick Valley residents are here with concerns and ideas for their future in our community.
Lots of changes have occurred over those years — technological, environmental, economic— and all of those factors mean that yesterday’s vision needs to be updated. Florida, Greenwood Lake, the Village and Town of Warwick are all in the process of either creating new Master Plans or updating existing ones, so the timing is perfect for input from everyone!