The Planning Division of Poughkeepsie’s Department of Building, Planning and Zoning provides research, advisory and administrative support for comprehensive and land use planning functions, federal and state grant applications, and highway, transit, and pedestrian/bicycle transportation planning projects.
The City’s principle long-range plan serves as the blueprint for future growth and development and provides a policy framework for the guidance of municipal decisions. Usually updated every 5-10 years, the Comprehensive Plan was last revised in 1998.
The Rezone Downtown Poughkeepsie Project (Rezone Downtown Project) is a collaborative land-use planning initiative aimed at the revitalization of Poughkeepsie’s Central Business District (CBD). The City of Poughkeepsie is partnering with the Pace Land Use Law Center and Kevin Dwarka Land Use and Economic Consulting to update zoning regulations that govern the preservation, rehabilitation and development that occurs in Poughkeepsie’s Central Business District (CBD).
Similar to the Walkway-Gateway District and the Waterfront Transit Oriented Development District, a form-based code could be developed for Poughkeepsie’s Downtown, especially the Main Street corridor and surrounding Central Business District (CBD). The rezoning would enable high-density, mixed-used development and ensure that land in this area is redeveloped to its a highest and best use, maximizing not only the walkability of the CBD but also ensuring the greatest level of fiscal productivity.
In 2014, the City of Poughkeepsie adopted the Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan (PCCRP), a conceptual plan prepared by Kevin Dwarka LLC with the support of Dyson Foundation. The PCCRP sought to capitalize on the area’s assets while redressing enduring concerns about building vacancy, crime, public safety, open space, and underutilization of land. In 2015, the PCCRP was followed by more advanced planning effort that culminated in the Main Street Economic Development Strategy (MSEDS), an implementation strategy prepared by Kevin Dwarka LLC in partnership with Land Use Law Center. Both the PCCRP and the MSEDS advanced the idea of implementing a form-based code in Poughkeepsie’s CBD in order to revitalize the heart of the City.
Why focus on the downtown?
Poughkeepsie’s Downtown offers a historic main street, government offices, excellent access to regional rail service, a mix of uses, and a walkable urban form. However, the area also suffers from disinvestment, high levels of vacancy, poor connectivity to other parts of the city, and a handful of other issues, some of which can be partially attributed to the fact that Poughkeepsie’s city-wide zoning code has not been updated since the late 1970s. The Rezone Downtown project specifically focuses on Poughkeepsie’s CBD, the economic heart of the Queen City, to ensure that targeted improvements will have far-reaching effects on the economic well-being of all Poughkeepsie residents.
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The Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP)
Drafted by the Waterfront Advisory Committee and adopted in 1998, the LWRP provides policy guidelines to help guide land use decisions along the Hudson River waterfront.
Land Use Planning
Kaal Rock Connector
The City of Poughkeepsie engaged a consultant team in 2011-2012 to establish a vision and action plan for the city’s waterfront, focused between Waryas Park and Kaal Rock Park, as well as the connection to lower Main Street. Below is a link to relevant sections that led to the focus on one concept that came out of the 2012 plan: the idea of a connection around Kaal Rock that would link Waryas and Kaal Rock Parks with a universally accessible trail. The Kaal Rock Connector Feasibility Study was developed by The Chazen Companies with financial support from the Poughkeepsie Alliance. The Connector concept was first presented at a public meeting in April 2016 and later to the Common Council in May 2016. Based on feedback from the public and the Common Council, a final summary report was prepared in May 2016. The City will continue to seek funding to complete the final design of the project and the capital dollars for construction of the project.
Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan
The Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan (PCCRP) was launched in September 2013 and consists of three working papers covering Existing Conditions, Proposed Actions and Implementation Strategies. On the basis of preliminary land use and economic analysis, the Poughkeepsie Common Council adopted a resolution in April 2014 that endorsed the planning objectives proposed in the PCCRP and agreed to identify funding to support the additional planning and analysis required to advance these objectives toward concrete implementation. In May 2014, the City identified three specific planning initiatives that would build upon the PCCRP: the Main Street Economic Development Strategy, the Poughkeepsie City Center Connectivity Project, and the Poughkeepsie City Center Vacant Property Redevelopment Plan.
Main Street Economic Development Strategy
The purpose of this strategy is to reactivate the entire length of the Main Street corridor and reassert Poughkeepsie as the economic and cultural center of the Hudson Valley. It will capitalize on all of Poughkeepsie’s assets while redressing enduring concerns about building vacancy, crime, public safety, open space, and the underutilization of land
To kick off the Main Street Economic Development Strategy, the City of Poughkeepsie, along with the Land Use Law Center, hosted a public outreach session on Tuesday, October 14th. A team of facilitators and urban planners from the Center reviewed preliminary planning concepts and took public comments. The Main Street Economic Development Strategy hopes to advance the conceptual ideas into a concrete set of transportation and land use improvements during the coming year.
Main Street Economic Development Strategy Presentation»
Main Street Economic Development Strategy – Public Responses to Proposed Actions»
Main Street Economic Development Strategy – Draft Working Paper #2, Planning Strategies»
Market Street Complete Street Presentation»
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy & Waterfront Transit-Oriented Development District (WTOD)
The Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy is designed to generate new activities at the waterfront and attract residents to the river, additionally establishing the waterfront/railroad station area as a positive first impression for visitors to Poughkeepsie.
Visitors will be encouraged to explore the many upland city neighborhoods through the use of a shuttle bus up Main Street, pedestrian linkages to Mt. Carmel, and other streetscape connections. As a result, the plan will increase land values, encourage investment, and create jobs and for a much broader area. The waterfront will become a great front porch for the entire City.
The purpose of the WTOD District is to encourage a pedestrian-friendly, urban mix of public, recreational, residential, and compatible commercial uses within walking distance of waterfront parks, the Walkway Over the Hudson elevator, and the railroad station. This mixed-use district is designed to promote public access to the waterfront along a continuous greenway park and walkway system and to create a regionally connected destination.
Waterfront Transit-Oriented Development District»
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy»
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy Presentation – October 6, 2014»
Kaal Rock Connector Presentation (April 13, 2016)»