Posted May 21st, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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Earlier this year, City of Poughkeepsie officials
approved Innovation District zoning for downtown, creating a more streamlined
process to get projects approved.
Last week, the city’s plan was recognized at the
Westchester County Association/Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp’s 3rd
Annual Real Estate Summit in Tarrytown.
The city won
the award for “Best Practice in Zoning,” and it was accepted by Mayor Rob
Rolison, Planning Director Natalie Quinn and Community Development Coordinator
Paul Hesse. More than 300 real estate and planning professionals attended the
May 14 event held at the Westchester Marriott Hotel.
grateful for the honor,” said Mayor Rolison. “Getting the district approved
took years of community planning, public outreach and studies to get it right,
and we believe we did. The Common Council also should be recognized for
approving the plan.”
The innovation district has created four designated
zones — the “historic core,” the “civic corridor,” the “urban village” and the
“creative edge.” They are contained within the arterials, spread over several
blocks, from Market Street to Hamilton Street going west to east, and Mill
Street to Church Street going north to south.
The district is designed to attract new development
and enhance walking spaces. It is one of the biggest reworkings to the core
area since the city reopened a pivotal portion of Main Street to traffic nearly
20 years ago.
In partnership with
Pace University’s Land Use Law Center, the Westchester County Association and
Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. have been working on a “Redevelopment
Policy Playbook” since 2017. This is aimed at helping communities streamline
and improve their planning, zoning and approval processes and to serve as an
ongoing resource. This partnership views the city’s Poughkeepsie Innovation
District as a “prime example” of best practices and will include information
about in that Playbook.
Posted February 15th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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Poughkeepsie Innovation District Zoning Approved
At a special meeting called by Mayor Rob Rolison on Monday, the Common Council approved an update to the city’s zoning code to establish the Poughkeepsie Innovation District. The Poughkeepsie Innovation District (PID) aims to transform the core commercial section of the city’s downtown into a vibrant economic center anchored by increased residential population and a creative economy. Monday’s adoption marks the culmination of a multiyear endeavor by the City, which was ably assisted by the Pace Land Use Law Center and Kevin Dwarka Land Use and Economic Consulting, as well as Dutchess County and numerous other stakeholders.
on “place making,” the elimination of vacant property, as well as inclusion and
diversity, the PID policy framework and zoning code update represent a major
step forward towards restoring Poughkeepsie’s downtown as the region’s
preeminent commercial district. The proposed zoning adds flexibility in terms
of uses that are allowed on a property and focuses on how building form can
positively impact the pedestrian environment. This flexibility, along with a
streamlined land use approval process, will make it easier for property owners
to activate their buildings and fill vacant storefronts, ensuring a high
concentration of commercial and cultural activity in a quality urban setting.
Rolison said, “We’re grateful to the Council members that supported the PID. We
continue to see interest and investment in Poughkeepsie’s downtown, and this
new policy and zoning is going to further encourage thoughtful development and vibrancy
in the heart of our city.”
Matt McNamara (D-8th Ward) said, “Carefully designed, smart updates to the
City’s zoning code are a breath of fresh air in the musty library of city
ordinances. This will prove to be an important legislative achievement that has
a very positive impact, both in terms of the revitalization of our downtown
core, and in terms of local job creation. I congratulate our Planning and
Economic Development team for the fine work on this initiative, including all
the public outreach and community interaction that went into making our new
Innovation District a reality.”
Director Natalie Quinn said, “The adoption of the
Poughkeepsie Innovation District zoning ordinance is only one step, albeit a
critical one, towards the realization of a successful, vibrant and inclusive
downtown. Now that the zoning foundation is in place we can begin to
build upon it.”
Posted September 17th, 2018 — Filed under Press Release
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On September 6th, City of Poughkeepsie planning staff made a presentation to the Common Council regarding the proposed Innovation District policy and zoning. An archived webcast of the presentation is available for viewing here, and the slideshow is available for download here.
Comments and questions regarding the proposed Poughkeepsie Innovation District can be emailed to [email protected]