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Spring 2020 the Rockland PLUS team worked with 10 Rockland High Schools through a series of 3 classroom visits at each school to prepare for the annual Symposium. Unfortunately we were unable to host the Symposium, but many of the student groups continued to work on their local land use projects. The plans focus on sustainable planning concepts for local community spaces. the ones shared with us include Riverspace and TZ Vista/Tidewater in Nyack & Schimpf Farm Property in Clarkstown. The plans look for balance in social, economic and environmental factors and emphasize building community partnerships. CLICK ON ANY POSTER below for a full screen view.

Riverspace2 Gedney

RIVERSPACE by Nyack High School: Olga Diyamandoglu • Audrey Cesene • Jasper Stone • Alex McKee • Kyle Wendholt

RIVERSPACE by Nyack High School: Isabelle Pearce, Alexis Sigillo, Masha Pitel, Oliver Schneck, Steven Moran, Lucy Ortiz
GEDNEY/TZVISTA by Nyack High School: Kashi Nanavati, Zhyheim Stroud, Daniel Cephus, Aleksi Zaretsky, Abigail Abragan, Rachel Del Fierro
TZVista TZVistaTide Schimp Farm

TZVISTA/TIDEWATER by Nyack High School: Xander Stone, Kaila Crouch, Celeste V.K., Natalie Carbone

TZVISTA/TIDEWATER by Nyack High School: Megan Gregor, Miya Scharff, Julia O’Grady, Anna Fiore, Janari Otero and Kevin Sestak

SCHIMP FARM SITE: by Albertus Magnus High School student group.



Link to Learning Goals for Class Visits

For our group project we have used multiple sites. Sample PowerPoint 2016 Group Project South Nyack.

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. 2020, students will work with a location in their Rockland community to revitalize it. Students should consider how creative planning can make the community more sustainable and climate smart through increasing efficiency in transportation, 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 close to a dozen community high schools (Albertus Magnus, Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, North Rockland, Nyack, P-Tech, Ramapo, 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 27, 2020 we will host our Symposium Event at Rockland's Fireman's Training Center in Pomona, 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, the Haverstaw 10 acre waterfront Chair Factory site. They will work alongside students from the other participating schools to create a sustainable plan for this location.

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



Link to PHOTOS from the 2019 event - password is green (case sensitive). Any reuse of these images should cite George Pejoves our photographer for the event.
Visit 1: Community Enhancing Features Resource Image Bank
Visit 1: Key Words Green Features examples
Visit 2: Community Assessment Form Student Poster - letter sized (pdf) and Template 42X36 (ppt)

Visit 2: Planning Considerations Presentation

Student Poster Presenter Guide

Link to Rockland County Planning GIS Mapping(does not work if pop ups are blocked)

Visit 3: Cost Benefit Analysis

2019 Chair Factory Shared Case Study

2020 Local Case Study Files

Abertus Magnus Schimpf Farm

Links Below to Day Forms & Information from the 2019 event

Event Agenda

Poster Presentation Feedback

Mentor orientation pdf

Mentor Agenda

Facilitator Orientation pdf

Facilitator Instructions Consent Form 2020

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


The Rockland P.L.U.S. event is a collaborative project of the following groups:
Rockland Office of Economic Development & Tourism
Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District


M & T Charitable Foundation
Rockland Logo People's





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