Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency initiative

The CLEAR initiative supports local communities along Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River and the upper St. Lawrence River with the development of comprehensive resiliency strategies and plans to institute critical long-term protective measures and strengthen existing investments. Participation in the planning process will reflect the socio-economic and geographic diversity of the regions, including vulnerable and under-served populations. Final CLEAR Plans will include both regional strategies and recommendation for local actions. 

Coastal communities have been divided by county into five CLEAR regions:  

  1. Niagara and Orleans

  2. Monroe

  3. Wayne

  4. Cayuga and Oswego

  5. Jefferson and St. Lawrence

Each region will produce its own CLEAR Plan through this initiative with the support of NYS agency partners and a team of professional planning consultants.  

Wayne County CLEAR Study Area 

Wayne CLEAR study area showing at risk areas on Lake Ontario shoreline, including portions of the Towns of Ontario, Williamson, Sodus, Huron, Wolcott and the Village of Sodus Point

Steering Committee

  • Jason Haremza, Senior Planner, Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council

  • Brian Pincelli, Director, Wayne County Planning Department

  • David  McDowell, Mayor, Village of Sodus Point

  • Lynn Chatfield, Supervisor, Town of Wolcott

  • Phillip Eygnor, Supervisor, Town of Huron

  • Frank  Robusto, Supervisor, Town of Ontario

  • Amanda Krenning-Muoio, Senior Field Advisor, NY Farm Bureau, Region 2

  • Kristy  Fowler, Manager, Pier 53 Fowler Marinas and restaurant

  • Lindsey Gerstenslager, District Manager, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District

  • Tom Hart, Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes Coalition

  • David Klein, Senior Field Representative, The Nature Conservancy

CLEAR planning process milestones

CLEAR schedule and milestones: Spring - community profile, asset inventory. Summer - public event #1, risk assessment, needs and opportunities assessment, public event #2. Fall - Long-term vision and strategies, long-term projects, programs, and actions. Winter - Public event #3, project profile development, draft clear plan & presentation, Final CLEAR plan. 2022 - Adopt and implement

CLEAR resources

Meeting Documents 

see events page

Planning Documents

Public Engagement Plan