New York State law grants municipalities the authority and responsibility to prepare and adopt comprehensive plans. As defined in the state legislation, a comprehensive plan is a document that presents goals, objectives, guidelines and policies for the immediate and long range protection, enhancement, growth and development of the community. Also known as a master plan or land use plan, a comprehensive plan provides guidance to municipal leaders and helps to ensure that the needs of the community are met.
The Copake Comprehensive Plan Committee was appointed by the Town Board in March of 2008. The Committee conducted a town wide survey in 2009, and hosted 13 focus groups over a period of six months. The Committee also conducted town meetings in November 2009 and July 2010 to solicit the views of the residents of Copake.
The Comprehensive Plan was presented at a final Town Meeting in June 2011 and was adopted by the Town Board in September 2011.