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Rockland P.L.U.S. Program



Sustainable Planning


Current Community

SEQRA & the Public

Planning Tools

Affordable Housing


Water Quality

Water Conservation

Thinking Green

Rockland Program

Rockland Resources

Westchester Program

List of Terms

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory








Welcome to the materials for Rockland PLUS 2018! This year's event will be held Thursday March 23th, 2018 8:30-1:30 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill NY. 2018 Brochure.


Link to Learning Goals for Class Visits

Sample PowerPoint on South Nyack the 2016 Group Project

Rockland P.L.U.S. engages students in planning in their immediate community. Our County is composed of 5 towns and 19 villages, each with a unique identity and set of factors to consider for future development projects. In these communities there are pockets of commercial and residential development that are thriving, and others that are hoping for new energy and revitalization. For Rockland P.L.U.S. 2018, students will select a local spot in their Rockland community to revitalize. Students should consider how creative planning can reduce our energy use in transit, and increase our home efficiency in both water and energy.


Class projects; really S.E.E. your community. Students consider three complementary processes that make a community successful and sustainable: a balance of social, economic and environmental factors or what we refer to as their community. ~300 students from nine community high schools (Albertus Magnus, Clarkstown North, North Rockland, Nyack, P-Tech, Suffern and Spring Valley) participated in a series of 3 classroom visits each as they develop projects focused on their own region of Rockland.Approximately 130 students will participate in the final symposium, representing their fellow classmates.

Symposium Event. On Friday March 23, 2018 we will host our Symposium Event at Saint Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. The students will present their own community project to mentors from the community. Goals & Objectives for the visits are here. Following this they will be transfer their skills to a new project, and work alongside students from other schools. Each group will consider a section of The New York Center for Innovation, managed by IRG, on a section of the prior Pfizer property.

Students work with planning cards to complete cost/benefit analysis.

The following pages of the website relate to the different school visits we will make. Please consider the questions before our visits:

Visit #1 - Home, Sustainable Planning, Background, Current Community

Visit #2 - Planning Tools, Affordable Housing, Water Quality, Brownfields

Visit #3 - Public Participation & SEQRA, Thinking Green



Visit 1: Community Enhancing Features
Visit 2: Site Visit & Community Assessment Form Resource Image Bank
Visit 2: Cost Benefit Analysis

Green Features powerpoint

Local Site Information Sheets Student Poster - letter sized (pdf) and Template 42X36 (ppt)

Planning in The Hudson Valley

Student Poster Content Guide
Link to Rockland County Planning GIS Mapping(does not work if pop ups are blocked) 2018 IRG/Pfizer Property Shared Case Study


Links Below to a Mini Case Study Using the Palisades Mall as a Target Area

Links Below to Rockland's Event Day Forms & Information Below

Event Agenda

Poster Presentation Feedback

Mentor orientation pdf

Mentor Agenda

Facilitator Orientation pdf

Facilitator Instructions Photo Consent Form

The Rockland P.L.U.S. event is a collaborative project of the following groups:


Suez OldYork
Rockland People's

Rockland Municipal Planning Federation

M & T Charitable Foundation





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