Community Development Agency

Minutes & Agenda Board Info

The Town of Erwin Community Development Agency (CDA) has a long history of planning, development, grant writing, and housing/business rehabilitation. Beginning as the Urban Renewal Agency after the Hurricane Agnes Flood of 1972, the Agency has been responsible for the Forest Drive, Creekside, and Jay Allen Drive residential developments. The CDA provided the original Forest Drive building for the Forest View Gang Mills Fire Department, provided a pumper truck for the Coopers-Plains Long Acres Fire Department, business loans, housing rehabilitation funds, and flood damage prevention measures.

The Community Development Agency (CDA) has secured over $46 million in grant funding that has ensured orderly development in Town. Grants have covered infrastructure projects such as wastewater treatment plant expansion and improvements, new wells, and water extension to the northern portion of the Town previously not served by municipal water including the hamlets of Long Acres and Coopers Plains. This $6.3 million expansion has not only guaranteed safe, reliable water to this section of Town and has paved the way for the orderly development envisioned in the Comprehensive Plan. The CDA provides planning consultant services to the Town of Erwin Planning Board, reviewing proposed development to ensure compliance with Town laws and Comprehensive Plans.


Rita Y. McCarthy
Jody M. Allen
Douglas R. Cole
Frank J. Acomb
James W. Kuhl
Jeremy A. Shepard
Thomas P. Smith, Harris Beach


Publication Published File Link
Report on Internal Controls 09/11/23 View File
Organizational Chart 09/11/23 View File
Board Committees 09/11/23 View File
Management Letter from EFPR Group 09/11/23 View File
Investment Report Letter 09/11/23 View File
Property Acquisition Policy 09/11/23 View File
Sitel End of Program Audit Report 09/11/23 View File
Report on Operations CDA 2022 03/07/24 View File
Measurement Letter from EFPR Group 03/28/24 View File
Measurement Report CDA 2023 03/28/24 View File
Report on Operations CDA 2023 03/28/24 View File
2023 Financial Statement- Community Development 03/28/24 View File
I-86 Ramp Closures 4/12
The New York State Department of Transportation has advised us that westbound traffic along Interstate 86 between Exit 45 (Downtown Corning) and Exit 43 (Painted Post), and Interstate 99 northbound to Interstate 86 westbound (Exit 12), in the Town of Erwin, will be closing beginning 10 p.m. on Friday, April 12th to accommodate sign replacement work. The ramp connecting Interstate 86 westbound traffic to Interstate 99 southbound will also be closed. The roadway is anticipated to reopen by the morning of Saturday, April 13th.
Detours will be posted, please be alert.
Hydrant Flushing in April
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Smith Hill Bridge is closed as of 3/25

Steuben County has released this notice: "The bridge on Smith Hill Road over the Cohocton River between Curtis Coopers Road and Dyke Road in the Hamlet of Coopers Plains and Town of Erwin, will be closed to all through traffic beginning March 25, 2024 until the completion of the bridge replacement project in November of 2024. The signed off-site detour will consist of Curtis Coopers Road, County Route 4, State Route 415 and Barringer Road."

Job opportunity!

TheTown of Erwin has a new job opportunity. Information including a recruitment brochure can be found at



Keep Your Pipes Safe!

Think before you flush.  Flushable wipes not so flushable.  How to keep your pipes safe.

Flushable wipes notice.pdf (


Following a nationwide search, the Town has appointed a Deputy Town Manager.  Melissa Greenthal will replace Rita McCarthy as Town Manager when Rita retires in July after 33 years of service to the Town.  More information will follow when Melissa joins the Town in February.

Parks and Volunteers.
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Parks and Volunteers

The Town of Erwin gratefully recognizes the contribution to the community of the efforts of “Reach the Valley” an outreach of Victory Highway Wesleyan Church for painting 8 picnic tables and 2 benches at Kinsella Park and to thank participants Sarah Jane Capper, Sue Strack, Meri Terwilliger, Gary Putnam, Andy Cole, and Doug Cole.


The Town of Erwin gratefully recognizes the contribution to the community of the efforts of Beartown Alliance Church for painting the playground equipment at Scudder Webber Park and to thank participants Kelly Adriance, Max Adriance, Erika Soltis, Becky Soltis, Faith Marmor, Dave Bretch, and Jenn Bretch.

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Bridge is clear, Rains have come!
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Ames Plaza Update

The Applicant has submitted a revised concept site plan and has committed to no “overnight parking”, no one sleeping in vehicles. It was determined that the revised plan complies with the Town of Erwin Zoning. The next steps are that the applicant must complete a traffic study and submit a full preliminary engineering package to the Planning Board. The Planning Board schedule and agendas are posted on the Town’s website and Facebook page. A deadline for completing the demolition of the former Ames building has been established.