Fisher Associates is part of multi-discipline team working in collaboration with GBNRTC and the community to build consensus around a shared vision for the New York State Route 198 (Scajaquada Highway) Corridor and a future-oriented mobility plan that strengthens our communities and creates a safer and more equitable and prosperous city and region. The project is a comprehensive, inclusive, and visionary effort to create a better future for all who live, work, play, and travel in the heart of the Buffalo-Niagara region by reimagining mobility options within the Scajaquada Corridor and through the historic Delaware Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Fisher’s focus includes land use planning/scenario building, mobility assessment and recommendations, and identification of parallel initiatives including community development, Scajaquada Creek access and cleanup, and Delaware Park improvements/projects.
The project included a robust public engagement effort, both virtually and in-person. Fisher’s planning and transportation staff have supported key community outreach efforts by developing graphics and content to facilitate public understanding and engagement. After mapping stakeholders and creating a public engagement plan, a stakeholder advisory group was convened and held regular meetings. Several pop-up events have been held in neighborhoods throughout the study area, reaching hundreds of residents through interactive map-based exercises. In addition, two virtual public meetings and an in-person open house attracted more than 200 people and resulted in more than 750 comments. Door-to-door outreach in traditionally underrepresented neighborhoods helped raise awareness and boost attendance for the event.