Smart Growth Plan

Genesee County Smart Growth Plan

The Genesee County Smart Growth Plan is a mitigating action of potential significant environmental impacts of the Genesee County Water Supply Project upon the viability of agriculture in Genesee County.
The Genesee County Smart Growth Plan is intended to encourage the revitalization of villages and hamlet areas and protect valuable agricultural resources. The Plan has three goals:

  1. Focus County resources to support economic development opportunities in the most promising locations;
  2. Encourage the revitalization of existing industrial areas, business districts, and residential neighborhoods in the City of Batavia and developed village areas; and
  3. Protect farmland and the rural character of the countryside, and maintain the viability of agriculture.

The Plan and accompanying action items requires the County to restrict hook-ups to the water system. Automatic access to the water system is available to all existing and new development located within Smart Growth Development Areas (see town maps below). New development located outside of the Development Area boundary is not eligible for an automatic hookup. An administrative review process has been established by the County to review these applications on a case-by-case basis. Residents and businesses seeking hook-ups to the water system may apply by completing the form linked below.

 Application for Water Hookup Authorization

Smart Growth Development Area Maps
















County-wide Development Areas Map 

Since its inception in 2001, the Smart Growth Plan has been regularly updated and is required to be reviewed by the Planning Department every three years.   The 2019 review report was adopted by the County Legislature  on October 23, 2019 (see the link below for the full document).

Genesee County Smart Growth Plan 2019

2022 Review

The next Smart Growth Plan Review will occur in 2022. Genesee County municipalities are invited to participate in this review by contacting the Planning Department. Virtual public forums on the plan’s proposed revisions will be held during the spring/summer of 2022. An announcement of the dates, times of these meetings is forthcoming.