When Poughkeepsie, NY, hired czb in 2021 to update its comprehensive plan and zoning code, it had been more than 20 years since the adoption of its last citywide plan and over 40 years since its last zoning overhaul. The intervening years had been marked by numerous accomplishments as well as a prevailing sense of stalled progress—a sense that was especially palpable in parts of the city that felt left out of the prosperity that was touching other parts of the city and the broader region.
czb and its partners at Ingalls Planning & Design facilitated a process that pinpointed community fissures and incorporated them into an understanding of the city's utmost priorities, core values, and complementary planning principles. The resulting plan provides the community with a coherent vision for the next 20 years and a highly customized implementation process that encourages focused and holistic work in each part of the city.
The plan is being finalized and adopted during spring 2022 and will be followed immediately by zoning updates to ensure that Poughkeepsie's code is a reflection of the plan's vision.