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 ENVISION  SIDNEY'S RESILIENT RIVERFRONT

A RENEWED VISION: These illustrations imagine how Sidney might use sustainable green infrastructure to mitigate flooding. Our renewed vision needs to consider:​​

  • How should vacant land be transformed?

  • What heritage and cultural histories can we share?

  • Which areas are best suited to hold floodwater?

  • What does our natural ecosystem need to thrive?

  • How can we conserve spaces for recreation, entertainment and education?

  • Which local government, academic, nonprofit, and private sector partners want to help?

It's Time to Renew Our Vision

This recent 2021 initiative with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) offers an intensive revisioning of the Village of Sidney's 2014 Managed Retreat Program. The Village of Sidney was one of only two communities awarded this opportunity to engage the public in deciding how to use new open space, including the over 100 parcels of land bought out to date by the Village's Managed Retreat Program.

New flood warning gauges critical to keeping Sidney safe!

about the initiative.

Sidney has an exciting opportunity to work with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to ENVISION SIDNEY'S RESILIENT RIVERFRONT! This 2021 initiative offers an intensive revisioning of the Village of Sidney's 2014 Managed Retreat Program. Our village was one of only two communities awarded this opportunity to engage the public in deciding how to use new open space, including the over 100 parcels of land bought out to date by the Village's Managed Retreat Program. The visioning will begin in October 2021 and be completed by spring 2022. It will evaluate the effectiveness of various community engagement and participation approaches, providing the Sidney community with dozens of options to engage.

 

renewing our vision.

"Time has come for a wide array of voices to articulate a clear consensus on how land should be repurposed to create social, environmental, and economic benefits through a visioning & partnership building program in 2021."

Our renewed vision of how Sidney might use sustainable green infrastructure to mitigate flooding needs to consider:

  • How should vacant land be transformed?

  • What heritage and cultural histories can we share?

  • Which areas are best suited to hold floodwater?

  • What does our natural ecosystem need to thrive?

  • How can we conserve spaces for recreation, entertainment and education?

  • Which local government, academic, nonprofit, and private sector partners want to help?

Our GreenPlain studies determined that built-out floodplains, impervious surfaces, undersized culverts, eroding soil and agricultural and urban runoff increase our flood risk.  Our plan uses green infrastructure to treat stormwater at its source, reconnect floodplains and wetlands, reclaim urban land and low value farmland, and diversify habitat around a 50-acre riparian forest.

#Imagine For 1 Minute.

A @tommustill / Gripping Films Production

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Time has come for a wide array of voices to articulate a clear consensus on how land should be repurposed to create social, environmental, and economic benefits through a visioning and partnership building program in 2021. The Envision the Sidney GreenPlain project is one of a three-part Resilient-Sidney Initiative to build resources, relationships and capacity. It also includes development of a:

  • Climate-Adaptation Oriented Comprehensive Plan

  • Resilience-Based Land Management Codes and Policies (including Zoning)

STAY tuned.

The Village's  Proposal to TNC.

Tell Your Stories.

Public Workshops.

In January 2021, the Village of Sidney submitted a proposal to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for funding to engage in a renewed visioning process for our managed retreat parcels throughout the Village.

READ THE PROPOSAL

Share your ideas on Wednesday, January 12 and Thursday, January 13 by participating in 30-minute ONLINE FOCUS GROUP CHATS.   Topics will include issues emphasized in the Resilient Sidney surveys, including the need for youth soccer fields, family-friendly open space and recreation, ideas for gardens in Sidney, and making community spaces accessible and inclusive.

Please join us at the second online workshop on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 7:00-8:30PM to help Envision and Design Sidney's Resilient Riverfront.  Don't miss this chance to give your input on preliminary design concepts for publicly owned land along Sidney's waterfront. 

Meet the Team.

Share your Voice.

Get Updates!

Meet the team who will be supporting the Village and Sidney community through the visioning process.

MEET THE TEAM 

Visit the project survey page to take 3 brief project surveys to tell us what you would like to see along Sidney's riverfront open spaces and the types of outdoor recreation opportunities that you think Sidney needs. 

Please reach out to us if you would like to stay involved and stay updated as the project progresses. SIGN UP BELOW to receive project updates via email, send us a message at resilientsidney@gmail.com or feel free to call us at 607-561-2320.