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
Brush Drop Off

The Town of Erwin brush drop off will to residents open Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 9:00 am until Noon. The drop off site will be open every Saturday from May 4, 2024 until October 26, 2024.

Kinsella Park Painted

Kinsella Park pavilion looks great thanks to 10 Reach volunteers from Victory Church. Thanks everyone for painting the tables and pavilion!

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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."

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.

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.