The Town of DeWitt has established itself as a statewide leader in planning and municipal sustainability, adopting the New York State Climate Smart Pledge, completing its first inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, and adopting a Sustainability Plan in 2014. With unanimous support from the DeWitt Town Board, the Town adopted a comprehensive Sustainability Policy in 2010 and a number of related guidelines including a green purchasing policy and a new solar energy ordinance that will encourage the deployment of renewable energy. The Town adopted a new zoning ordinance in 2008 to help to accomplish the goals set forth in the 2002 Comprehensive Plan. The Town has accomplished many goals while striving to attain the best for our residents and businesses, improving community sustainability, and maintaining the lowest possible costs.
One of our sustainability projects was the installation of a 51kW solar photovoltaic roof at the Town Hall. A total of 100,188.67 kWh of electricity have been produced by the panels to date. By utilizing the solar array our carbon footprint was reduced by 154,615 pounds of CO2.
We are working on a town-wide bike and trail system which will connect with bike lanes and trails in the City of Syracuse and surrounding Towns. We have been working to close the gap in the Erie Canalway trail system along the Erie Canal, to create a continuous connective link and preserve the historical canal.
DeWitt has examined ways to reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality. We have incorporated a wetland buffer zone into the zoning code and we have begun to utilize green infrastructure practices such as rain barrels and rain gardens which have been installed at Town parks and other facilities. The Town has established a Tree Committee that adopted a Tree Ordinance and is working to develop an Urban Forestry Management Plan which will enhance our urban forest. Over 500 new trees have been planted since 2010. We have built sidewalks and implemented bike lanes on major road projects including Jamesville Road, North Street, Bridge Street, Route 173, and Park Hill.
In short, we continue to strive to chart a new course for the Town of DeWitt to improve the quality of life for our residents, businesses, and visitors alike!