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PK4Keeps: comprehensive plan AND ZONING CODE UPDATE

City of Poughkeepsie, NY

How can a new CITYWIDE PLAN AND ZONING CODE HELP A SMALL CITY NAVIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE AND RAPIDLY EVOLVING GROWTH PRESSURES?

SUMMARY


It has been more than 20 years since Poughkeepsie’s last comprehensive plan and more than 40 since a zoning overhaul. The City is seeking a 21st Century vision that is sustainable, innovative, and equitable and that will support the Common Council’s commitment to a high quality of life for Poughkeepsie residents.

Although the City has been actively planning over the last 20 years, it lacks a cohesive vision for the City as a whole. Recent planning efforts include a complete update to the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), waterfront transit-oriented development area surrounding the Poughkeepsie Train Station, the Walkway-Gateway District near the Walkway Over the Hudson, and last year the City made its first significant zoning update with the Innovation District.

The City is looking to build off these recent efforts and develop a new comprehensive plan followed by strategic updates and amendments to its zoning code to help implement the plan.



A process designed to achieve clarity on the community's values, priorities and its willingness to make principled choices



Implementable and durable comprehensive plans are clear about the community's utmost priorities and recognize that prioritizing everything is the same as prioritizing nothing at all. They also provide a decision-making framework based on core values so that principled decisions can be made when the unexpected inevitably happens.


Values-Driven____


The plan we will co-create with the Poughkeepsie community will be one based on the community’s core values— what the community has said to us and to one another about what matters and why.


Priorities____


The high-quality plan Poughkeepsie deserves must prioritize spending needs and development tolerances and desires. This will be essential for the City on many levels.




Principles____


At the epicenter of this ambitious effort is the work of choosing. During the planning horizon, Poughkeepsie will have to make choices, both known and unknown.



Stay tuned


Poughkeepsie's Comprehensive Plan will be developed over the next 18 months, through 2022. Updates will be added to this page as the project progresses.


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