Northern Chautauqua County Intermunicipal LWRP

Chautauqua County, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Heritage & Tourism
  • Parks & Open Space
  • Recreation
  • Streetscapes
  • Trails
  • Urban Design


Chautauqua County, New York, is located along the shores of Lake Erie, between Buffalo, New York, and Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a destination for vacation learning, a place for personal growth, and a place that engages the mind, body and spirit. It offers the serenity of five lakes, rolling hills, and the first snowfalls of winter.

The LWRP concept developed for the ten collaborating communities in Northern Chautauqua County features a byway, greenway and River Corridor that bind together destinations and provides access to waterfronts and natural areas. The Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway capitalizes on the vistas of the lake, the rolling fields of grape vines and the surrounding open space. A recreation greenway trail beside the lake parallel to the scenic byway reinforces the continuity of the byway and provides safe, comfortable off-road experiences for recreation users. The character of the waterfront is further enhanced and celebrated through the development of an access plan and a River Corridor connecting the dots from the water side.