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 Auburn Trail Construction October 3rd 2018 

Notice of Public Informational Meeting for the Town of Farmington’s Auburn Trail Connector Project

The Town of Farmington’s Auburn Trail Connector Project is currently being designed and is slated for construction in 2017.  A Public Informational Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Farmington Town Hall located at 1000 County Road #8, Farmington, NY.  The meeting will consist of a presentation by the design team explaining the details of the project followed by additional time to review the displays and talk with the team and Town representatives.

The project involves the construction of a three mile long multi-use trail that will provide a bicycle and pedestrian connection between the existing Auburn Trail, that currently ends at County Road 41, and five neighborhoods located in the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington (e.g. Farmbrook, Auburn Meadows, The Estates @ Beaver Creek, Farmington Grove and Stable Gate). 

This project is Phase I of a 9 mile trail that will eventually link with the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua. This phase of the trail project will construct trail segments along the abandoned railroad bed located between County Road 41 and State Route 332, along the west side of Route 332 from just north of Mountain Ash Drive to Canandaigua-Farmington Town Line Road, and along the south side of Canandaigua-Farmington Town Line Road from Route 332 to just east of Stablegate Drive.  Trail spurs will also be constructed connecting the primary trail to Farmbrook and Auburn Meadows Subdivisions.  It is estimated that five easements will be necessary for trail segments along Route 332 and Canandaigua-Farmington Town Line Road.

A copy of the Draft Project Scoping Report/Final Design Report has been posted upon the Town’s website www.townoffarmingtonny.com .  Anyone having questions about this informational meeting is encouraged to contact Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development, Town of Farmington, at (315) 986-8189, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To review the minutes from the Public Informational Meeting held on February 25, 2016, please click on the link above. Also, to submit your comments, see the Feedback link below.

The Town of Farmington applied for a grant to extend the Auburn Trail from County Road 41 to the Farmington Canandaigua Town Line road. The Town was granted approval in November 2014. We expect the build out process to extend into 2017-2018 before completion.

This grant was in response to the Auburn Trail Feasibility study to connect the City of Canandaigua, Towns of Farmington and Canandaigua. See the items listed below for more information. The last meeting was held March 21, 2013. See the approved minutes below.

2016 Draft Final Design Report Auburn Trail Farmington

Click on the above link to read the draft Final Design Report (large file 40MB, will take some time to download)

2014 Successful Grant Package for Phase 1

Click on the above link to view the 60 plus pages of the Grant Application. (large file)

We would like to thank all the individuals and organizations that provided support letters for this applications.

Aurburn Trail Extension Study Process

Communities join forces to expand trails system

Eventually, bicyclists may be able to pedal from the farthest reaches of Ontario County across the state without ever leaving a trail system that offers views of hills, valleys, streams and wildlife.

While communities like Victor, Canandaigua and Farmington have undertaken their own trails improvement and extension projects in recent years, now, in a rare collaboration, a few municipalities have joined forces to extend one of the region’s most popular multi-use trails over six miles.

The hope is to bring the just-over nine-mile Auburn Trail from its westernmost point in Monroe County beyond its current end at County Road 41 in Farmington. The plan is to extend it about six-and-a-half miles into the city of Canandaigua, where it will tie into the Ontario Pathways trail system.

The Auburn Trail would then link not only to Ontario Pathways, but also the Erie Canalway trail system, the Genesee Valley Greenway and the regional Lehigh Valley Trail, to name a few. It could also eventually link to the Finger Lakes Trail system in Geneva and its environs.

It would be possible for someone to travel on trails from the village of Phelps to Olean, Cattaraugus County or from Canandaigua to the Erie Canal in Bushnell’s Basin to Albany.

It’s a missing link in the regional and statewide trails system that is designed for both recreation and health benefits,” said Farmington Director of Development Ron Brand, who is heading up the project. “It’s also a major economic engine from a tourism stand-point.”

The feasibility study is being overseen by a 15-member committee appointed by the Farmington Town Board, which is serving as the lead agency. On the committee’s recommendation, the board voted this past Tuesday, March 22, to hire the Rochester-based engineering firm Fisher Associates to oversee the project’s study.

Specifically, Fisher Associates will determine the best way to extend the trail to the Ontario Pathways system in Canandaigua. The project study is being paid for by a $74,000 federal grant that Brand applied for in January 2010.

The grant won approval from the Genesee Transportation Council, which represents nine counties in New York.

Additionally, the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington along with the city of Canandaigua are each contributing $2,000 toward the total $ 80,000 project.

Fisher Associates will be guided by representatives from the two towns and the city, as well Ontario Pathways, Victor Hiking Trails, Inc., the town of Victor’s Recreation Department, the Ontario County Planning Department, the state departments of transportation and environmental conservation, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Genesee Transportation Council.

The study of the project is expected to commence late this April and be completed by the end of September 2012. During this period, there will be a number of public meetings held by the Project Steering Committee. There will also be public informational progress meetings and a meeting with all identified property owners.

The project committee will look at possible revenue sources including grant funding for the actual trail construction. Depending on the outcome of the study and availability of funding, Brand hopes to see work on the trail begin within the next three years.

Public Comments received
Town of Farmington
1000 County Road 8
Farmington, NY 14425
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