WELCOME TO THE TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVIEW WEBPAGE!
Per Town Law, the Comprehensive Plan should be periodically reviewed and updated. Now that it has been over 10 years since the Town’s last Comprehensive Plan was prepared, and much has changed within the Town, a Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (CPRC) has been appointed by the Town Board. The CPRC, along with Town staff and input from members of the community itself, will work together to update the existing 2007 Town Comprehensive Plan, which may be accessed HERE. The update process evaluates existing conditions in order to establish clear goals and implementation measures for the future success of the Town.
WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?
The primary role of a comprehensive plan is to establish the community’s vision for its future. It provides the community with the opportunity to reflect on existing conditions while providing direction to attain its vision. A comprehensive plan assigns responsibility and prioritizes specific actions for implementation following completion of the plan.
According to state law, the plan may include a wide range of topics “at the level of detail adapted to the special requirements of the town…” Topics such as residential growth, economic development, land-use, infrastructure, natural resource protection, and community character are typically addressed in a Comprehensive Plan.
HOW DOES THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN RELATE TO ZONING?
According to state law, “All land use regulations must be in accordance with a comprehensive plan adopted pursuant to this section.” Updating zoning and subdivision regulations is one of the most important tools communities in New York State have for ensuring that future growth contributes to achieving the community’s vision and goals described in the Plan. At the end of this process, it is expected that the Town of Poughkeepsie will refine its local land use regulations as needed to be consistent with the plan.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVIEW COMMITTEE (CPRC) MEETINGS
CPRC meetings will take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM at Town Hall, unless otherwise noted. The CPRC meetings are primarily intended to serve as working meetings for committee members. The meetings are open to the public, but they are not meant primarily to solicit public input. There will be, however, a specific place on the agenda for public comment at each meeting. Agendas for these meetings will be posted in advance on this webpage as well as the Town’s general Town Meetings webpage. Meeting summaries will also be drafted and posted to this webpage and the Town’s general Town Meetings webpage.
Public workshops will be scheduled from time to time at different locations within the Town. The public workshops are primarily intended to serve as informative and interactive workshops between the CPRC and community members. Discussions will aim to collect information about challenges and opportunities that exist within the Town. The first round of public workshops will occur in early Fall of 2018. Information about the upcoming public workshops may be found here, as it becomes available.
Formal public hearings will be held toward the end of the process, when the CPRC has prepared a Draft Plan and when the Town Board receives the Final Draft for adoption. Information about scheduled public hearings may be found here, as it becomes available.
Bill Carlos, Chairman
The CPRC wants to hear from you. Please contact us at CPRC@townofpoughkeepsie-ny.gov with any questions and/or comments.
Michael A. Welti, AICP - Director of Municipal Development
Kristen E. Gaynor - Town Planner
Eric Hollman - Town Planner