Long Island North Shore Heritage Area

Long Island, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Interpretive Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Tourism Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Policy Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Design Standards
  • Environmental Planning


The state-designated Long Island North Shore Heritage Area (LINSHA) covers 500 square miles with a population approaching 1 million people on Long Island’s’ North Shore. The heritage area includes nine towns, 56 villages and a city in two counties. Its magnificent historic, cultural, natural and scenic resources are threatened by encroaching development. We worked with the LINSHA Planning Commission on a management plan for the heritage area to preserve, protect and enhance these resources. To make the vast area easier to understand, we developed it into five thematically related neighborhoods or museums, each with its own distinct stories to celebrate.

The Plan was completed in three phases, including a detailed inventory and evaluation of resources, the development of strategies to promote the study area and preserve significant resources, and an implementation strategy for successfully carrying out the goals and recommendations. An in-depth public outreach component was included, with meetings taking place over the course of the one-year planning process. The heritage area remains a vibrant force in local tourism and economic development.


2006 Merit Award, NY Upstate, American Society of Landscape Architects

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