The New York Planning Federation recently gave its Comprehensive Plan Award to the town of Richfield and the village of Richfield Springs for their Joint Comprehensive Plan Implementation Process.

The award is given each year to a municipality or agency for an “outstanding and/or innovative comprehensive plan or plan update adopted within the past three years,” according to a media release.

The Otsego County Industrial Development Agency presented the town and village with a proposal and a challenge in April 2015: the IDA would fund a Joint Comprehensive Plan and associated community specific zoning code revisions developed through the comprehensive planning process. The Joint Plan would identify common themes and recognize the distinct identity of each municipality. The challenge was to create a cooperative structure for implementation and review.

The town and village adopted the plans within one month of each other — the village on Dec. 12, 2017, and the town on Jan. 15, 2018, the release said.

The New York Planning Federation is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1937. Its mission is to promote sound planning and zoning practice throughout New York state. Membership, which includes nearly 10,000 individuals, is open to anyone supporting that mission. Membership categories include municipalities, counties, public organizations, private businesses, individuals and libraries.