Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Management Plan

The Heritage Corridor consists of four canals that span 524 miles across New York State connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River. These are the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and the Champlain Canal.

The plan proposes mutiple strategies and programs to protect and preserve the historic, cultural and natural assets of the region while simultaneously promoting economic development and community revitalization. The broader guiding principles focused on re-directing development activity into the cities and towns in order to protect and preserve farm lands and natural resources—essentially preserving the heritage landscapes associated with the canals. The plan also encourages individual communities to consider their waterfronts and historic districts as long-term civic assets to be protected and integrated into future city redevelopment plans.

The planning study undertook numerous public workshops and information sessions to establish the goals and actions of the plan, and concluded with two case studies that illustrated how the principles of the plan could be applied to different communities. The studies demonstrated various strategies to maintain historic structures and remnants of the canal, as well as infill and streetscape improvement concepts designed to connect the communities to the waterfront and strengthen the downtowns of the communities along the canalway.

Christopher Stienon completed this project while working at Beyer Blinder Belle as an Associate / Project Manager and Senior Urban Designer


State of New York


National Park Service


Preservation of historic, cultural and natural resources.

Economic revitalization linked with tourism, historic preservation and conservation of natural resources.

Cross-jurisdictional planning efforts.

Plan awarded the Burnham Prize by the American Planning Association in 2008.