Community Preservation Plan

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With funding support from the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, the City of Kingston is preparing a community preservation plan (CPP) that will build upon the city’s solid foundation of prior work.

As of 2019, the Community Preservation Act has been amended by NYS to include Ulster County. This legislation offers the City of Kingston an opportunity to protect open spaces and natural resources, environment, and community character. The law allows communities to develop a reliable, ongoing source of funding without increasing annual property taxes for residents for:

  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Lands conservation
  • Historic preservation

Such a program must be based on priorities identified in a Community Preservation Plan. The communities of New Paltz, Warwick, and Red Hook have all adopted Community Preservation Plans.

Legislation and required elements of CPP

This plan shall list every project which the designated community plans to undertake pursuant to the community preservation fund. It shall include every parcel which is necessary to be acquired in the designated community in order to protect community character. Such plan shall provide for a detailed evaluation of all available land use alternatives to protect community character, including but not limited to:

  • fee simple acquisition
  • zoning regulations, including density reductions, cluster development, and site plan and design requirements
  • transfer of development rights
  • the purchase of development rights, and
  • scenic and conservation easements.

Such evaluation shall be as specific as practicable as to each parcel selected for inclusion in the plan. The plan shall establish the priorities for preservation. Funds from the community preservation fund may only be expended for projects which have been included in said plan.

A community preservation plan can be used to identify priorities for…

  • Parks, nature preserves, wildlife refuges, greenbelts and recreation areas
  • Lands of exceptional scenic value
  • Protection of wetlands
  • Aquifer recharge areas
  • Rare or endangered habitats or unique or threatened ecosystems
  • Public access to land for recreational use
  • Protection of rivers, streams and waterways wetlands and shorelines
  • Preservations of historic places and properties
  • Viable agricultural lands

A community preservation plan cannot be used to identify priorities for…

Housing

Unfortunately, the Community Preservation Plan cannot be a tool to preserve affordable housing. New York State Legislators have discussed including housing in the NYS Community Preservation Act, however until housing is encompassed in the law, we cannot use the Community Preservation Plan or a subsequent fund to address housing issues in the City of Kingston. Here is the legislation.

The City of Kingston is supporting affordable housing in a number of ways and the Department of Housing Initiatives is tasked with many of these projects. They manage housing-related grants, support the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develop policies to protect existing residents, and address the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations.

Sewer and stormwater infrastructure improvements

There are many initiatives that the City is working on to advance stormwater and sewer infrastructure including:

  • Storm sewer separation
  • Green infrastructure including locations such as Broadway, Kingston Point and others
  • Downspout disconnections
  • Repair and replacement of antiquated infrastructure

Direct funding for sewer and stormwater infrastructure improvements are sourced by the City from Local, State and Federal sources including the DEC Water Quality Improvement Program and the Climate Smart Communities Program, FEMA, the Environmental Facilities Corporation Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program, the Green Infrastructure Grant Program, and through MS4 compliance.

For more information about the CIty’s Sewer and Stormwater Initiatives, see https://kingston-ny.gov/content/8399/8469/8537/8604.aspx

Road infrastructure improvements

The City has a number of funding sources and initiatives that support road infrastructure including CHIPS and PAVENY on an annual basis. In addition, we anticipate federal infrastructure funding to become available in the near future. The Department of Public Works, with the Engineering Department, have short and long term strategies and solutions for addressing road infrastructure, none of which can be supported by Community Preservation Funding.

For more information about the City’s Transportation Infrastructure, see the other projects here on EngageKingston.com.



Please take our Community Preservation Plan Survey by August 31st! Desplácese hacia abajo para español

Aquí está la encuesta en español:


Resource Preservation Mapping Tool

The City of Kingston and Behan Planning and Design has created this crowdsourcing mapping tool to collect data about potential resource preservation. Please provide your areas of interest or concern by choosing a category and placing a pin in the location of interest. You are also able to add notes and upload images to the pin to provide us with more details. The results of this map-based survey will be reviewed and considered in the development of the final Plan.

To add a location to the map click the "Add an Item" button and then select from the dropdown list of categories. Place your mouse over the location and click the map, this will add the point. Then please provide a description of the point and click "Report It." If you would like to switch to an aerial photo image to help find your desired location you can change the basemap by clicking the bottom icon on the left side of the map, and selecting Imagery or Imagery Hybrid (includes road names).

You can also select existing points that others have added and click the heart symbol if you agree with that point being important. You may add as many points as you'd like, but please don't repeat the same idea. To see these instructions again click the "?" in the upper right. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO USE THE MAP


This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Photos by Robert Rodriguez, Jr. / Courtesy of scenichudson.org

Use el botón de traducir en la parte superior derecha para español

With funding support from the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, the City of Kingston is preparing a community preservation plan (CPP) that will build upon the city’s solid foundation of prior work.

As of 2019, the Community Preservation Act has been amended by NYS to include Ulster County. This legislation offers the City of Kingston an opportunity to protect open spaces and natural resources, environment, and community character. The law allows communities to develop a reliable, ongoing source of funding without increasing annual property taxes for residents for:

  • Parks
  • Trails
  • Lands conservation
  • Historic preservation

Such a program must be based on priorities identified in a Community Preservation Plan. The communities of New Paltz, Warwick, and Red Hook have all adopted Community Preservation Plans.

Legislation and required elements of CPP

This plan shall list every project which the designated community plans to undertake pursuant to the community preservation fund. It shall include every parcel which is necessary to be acquired in the designated community in order to protect community character. Such plan shall provide for a detailed evaluation of all available land use alternatives to protect community character, including but not limited to:

  • fee simple acquisition
  • zoning regulations, including density reductions, cluster development, and site plan and design requirements
  • transfer of development rights
  • the purchase of development rights, and
  • scenic and conservation easements.

Such evaluation shall be as specific as practicable as to each parcel selected for inclusion in the plan. The plan shall establish the priorities for preservation. Funds from the community preservation fund may only be expended for projects which have been included in said plan.

A community preservation plan can be used to identify priorities for…

  • Parks, nature preserves, wildlife refuges, greenbelts and recreation areas
  • Lands of exceptional scenic value
  • Protection of wetlands
  • Aquifer recharge areas
  • Rare or endangered habitats or unique or threatened ecosystems
  • Public access to land for recreational use
  • Protection of rivers, streams and waterways wetlands and shorelines
  • Preservations of historic places and properties
  • Viable agricultural lands

A community preservation plan cannot be used to identify priorities for…

Housing

Unfortunately, the Community Preservation Plan cannot be a tool to preserve affordable housing. New York State Legislators have discussed including housing in the NYS Community Preservation Act, however until housing is encompassed in the law, we cannot use the Community Preservation Plan or a subsequent fund to address housing issues in the City of Kingston. Here is the legislation.

The City of Kingston is supporting affordable housing in a number of ways and the Department of Housing Initiatives is tasked with many of these projects. They manage housing-related grants, support the construction of new market-rate and affordable housing, develop policies to protect existing residents, and address the connection between housing and sustainability, health, and mobility. The Department also reviews the disposition of city-owned property suitable for housing development and collaborates with local and regional housing organizations.

Sewer and stormwater infrastructure improvements

There are many initiatives that the City is working on to advance stormwater and sewer infrastructure including:

  • Storm sewer separation
  • Green infrastructure including locations such as Broadway, Kingston Point and others
  • Downspout disconnections
  • Repair and replacement of antiquated infrastructure

Direct funding for sewer and stormwater infrastructure improvements are sourced by the City from Local, State and Federal sources including the DEC Water Quality Improvement Program and the Climate Smart Communities Program, FEMA, the Environmental Facilities Corporation Wastewater Infrastructure Engineering Planning Grant Program, the Green Infrastructure Grant Program, and through MS4 compliance.

For more information about the CIty’s Sewer and Stormwater Initiatives, see https://kingston-ny.gov/content/8399/8469/8537/8604.aspx

Road infrastructure improvements

The City has a number of funding sources and initiatives that support road infrastructure including CHIPS and PAVENY on an annual basis. In addition, we anticipate federal infrastructure funding to become available in the near future. The Department of Public Works, with the Engineering Department, have short and long term strategies and solutions for addressing road infrastructure, none of which can be supported by Community Preservation Funding.

For more information about the City’s Transportation Infrastructure, see the other projects here on EngageKingston.com.



Please take our Community Preservation Plan Survey by August 31st! Desplácese hacia abajo para español

Aquí está la encuesta en español:


Resource Preservation Mapping Tool

The City of Kingston and Behan Planning and Design has created this crowdsourcing mapping tool to collect data about potential resource preservation. Please provide your areas of interest or concern by choosing a category and placing a pin in the location of interest. You are also able to add notes and upload images to the pin to provide us with more details. The results of this map-based survey will be reviewed and considered in the development of the final Plan.

To add a location to the map click the "Add an Item" button and then select from the dropdown list of categories. Place your mouse over the location and click the map, this will add the point. Then please provide a description of the point and click "Report It." If you would like to switch to an aerial photo image to help find your desired location you can change the basemap by clicking the bottom icon on the left side of the map, and selecting Imagery or Imagery Hybrid (includes road names).

You can also select existing points that others have added and click the heart symbol if you agree with that point being important. You may add as many points as you'd like, but please don't repeat the same idea. To see these instructions again click the "?" in the upper right. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO USE THE MAP


This Project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Photos by Robert Rodriguez, Jr. / Courtesy of scenichudson.org

Page last updated: 29 Jun 2022, 03:41 PM