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32nd Annual Planning Symposium postcard



The Onondaga County Planning Federation (OCPF) is a nonprofit corporation that serves every municipality in Onondaga County by hosting annual training conferences for elected and appointed local officials and the public, and providing trend data and planning information to Federation members. The Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency (SOCPA) provides staff services to the Onondaga County Planning Federation.

OCPF Goals

  • Promoting community and inter-community planning within or by the municipalities of Onondaga County.
  • Educating members of the Federation and the public.
  • Providing for the collection and distribution of information and resources on planning and related subjects.
  • Promoting cooperation and coordination with and among federal, state, county and local authorities in matters relating thereto.

Board of Directors

Kevin Gilligan, President
Municipal Attorney
Senior Counsel, Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC

David Tessier, Vice President
Zoning Board of Appeals Chair, Town of Pompey
Land Planning Consultant

Vince Bongio, Secretary/Treasurer

Planning Board Member, Town of Geddes

Chief Engineer US Operations, Daldrop-SBB, LLC

Howard Brodsky
Community Planning Consultant
Ilana Cantrell
Planner, Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

Christine Capella Peters

Planning Commission Member, City of Syracuse

Kathleen Carroll

Planning Board Member, Town of Marcellus

Client/Waste Solutions Manager, Covanta

Ron DeTota

Town and Planning Board Engineer for the Town of Clay
Municipal Services Department Manager, C&S Companies

John Elleman
Zoning Board of Appeals Chair, Town of Onondaga
Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
John Fatcheric
Planning Board Chair, Town of Camillus

Anthony Geiss Jr.

Zoning/Planning Board Chair, Town of Van Buren

John Langey
Municipal Attorney

Partner, Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC

Jane Rice
Planning Board Chair, Village of Fayetteville

Director of Planning, EDR Companies

Jamie Sutphen
Municipal Attorney
Partner, Baldwin, Sutphen & Frateschi, PLLC
Alex Wisniewski
Village Engineer, Village of Minoa
President, L.J.R. Engineering, P.C.

Annual Planning Symposium

As of January 1, 2007, New York State law requires a minimum training standard of four hours each year for members of county, city, town and village planning and zoning boards. The type of acceptable training is left to the discretion of individual municipalities. The legislative body for each city, county, town or village approves a course or courses of training for its board members.

The Federation offers annual Municipal Training Conferences to assist municipalities in meeting these minimum training standards.

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Planning Symposium
Neil Murphy, Ph.D., President, SUNY ESF
Annual Planning Symposium Keynote Speaker



March 12, 2020

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