Kingston Forward: Citywide Rezoning

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Kingston Forward is an ongoing planning initiative to engage the community in describing the desired form and character for future improvements and preservation throughout the City. Input gathered will shape updates to the City’s zoning code. An updated zoning code can support community goals such as historic preservation, economic development, increased housing options, resilient neighborhoods, the design of streets and public spaces, and so much more.

There will be many opportunities to be involved in the rezoning process. Register at EngageKingston to receive news, updates, and alerts about the Kingston Forward process.



Kingston Forward 1.0 Draft

Version 1.0 of the Kingston Forward draft has been released here. Make your voice heard! Attend an upcoming public meeting or submit a comment via the survey below by July 1, 2022.


The City of Kingston will host a series of public meetings to solicit public feedback on Version 1.0. At the hybrid (in-person and virtual) public meeting on Wednesday, June 8, representatives from Dover Kohl and the City of Kingston will provide an overview of the draft code. At a series of open house events, staff from Dover Kohl, City staff, and Common Council members will be available to answer any questions.


Draft Code Public Meeting June 8 at 6:00pm at City Hall (hybrid, registration required)

City Hall Open House June 10 from 2:00-4:00pm – Council Chambers

Wards 4, 5, 6 Neighborhood Open House June 10 from 5:30-7:00pm – Kingston Library Community Room

Waterfront Walking Tour June 11 from 9-10am – Meet in front of the Maritime Museum

Wards 1, 2, 3 Neighborhood Open House June 11 from 10:30-12pm – Old Dutch Church

Wards 7, 8, 9 Neighborhood Open House June 11 from 1:00-2:30pm – Rondout Neighborhood Center

Draft Code Public Hearing June 22 at 6:30pm (virtual, registration required)

Please note: residents wishing to speak at the June 22 public hearing should email Bartek Starodaj, bstarodaj@kingston-ny.gov.

An FAQ on the Kingston Forward 1.0 Draft can be found here.

Kingston Forward Project Timeline

Kingston Forward is an ongoing planning initiative to engage the community in describing the desired form and character for future improvements and preservation throughout the City. Input gathered will shape updates to the City’s zoning code. An updated zoning code can support community goals such as historic preservation, economic development, increased housing options, resilient neighborhoods, the design of streets and public spaces, and so much more.

There will be many opportunities to be involved in the rezoning process. Register at EngageKingston to receive news, updates, and alerts about the Kingston Forward process.



Kingston Forward 1.0 Draft

Version 1.0 of the Kingston Forward draft has been released here. Make your voice heard! Attend an upcoming public meeting or submit a comment via the survey below by July 1, 2022.


The City of Kingston will host a series of public meetings to solicit public feedback on Version 1.0. At the hybrid (in-person and virtual) public meeting on Wednesday, June 8, representatives from Dover Kohl and the City of Kingston will provide an overview of the draft code. At a series of open house events, staff from Dover Kohl, City staff, and Common Council members will be available to answer any questions.


Draft Code Public Meeting June 8 at 6:00pm at City Hall (hybrid, registration required)

City Hall Open House June 10 from 2:00-4:00pm – Council Chambers

Wards 4, 5, 6 Neighborhood Open House June 10 from 5:30-7:00pm – Kingston Library Community Room

Waterfront Walking Tour June 11 from 9-10am – Meet in front of the Maritime Museum

Wards 1, 2, 3 Neighborhood Open House June 11 from 10:30-12pm – Old Dutch Church

Wards 7, 8, 9 Neighborhood Open House June 11 from 1:00-2:30pm – Rondout Neighborhood Center

Draft Code Public Hearing June 22 at 6:30pm (virtual, registration required)

Please note: residents wishing to speak at the June 22 public hearing should email Bartek Starodaj, bstarodaj@kingston-ny.gov.

An FAQ on the Kingston Forward 1.0 Draft can be found here.

Kingston Forward Project Timeline

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    Hi, Will you be making it easier for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units? I understand that currently they have to apply for a variance. When will the rezoning effort be complete? Kingston is in dire straits when it comes to available and affordable housing as you know. Sincerely, Margot Jepson Holy Cross/Santa Cruz parishioner and Kingston Interfaith Council secretary

    MJepson asked 2 months ago

    Hi Margot - yes, the new zoning code will directly address accessory dwelling units and likely make their creation easier for homeowners. Accessory apartments are known for expanding housing choice, introducing affordability, and supporting aging in place and flexible cohousing arrangements. 

    The draft of the zoning code will be released in a few weeks. After a community engagement process, it is expected that the Common Council will vote on adopting the code sometime during the fall of 2022. 

    Thank you,

    Bartek

    (Editor's note: Please note that this response was published in April 2022. For the latest project timeline, reference the project page)

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    Two months ago, Mr. Starodaj wrote that the draft zoning plan will be released in a few weeks. The public has still not seen the plan. The Arts Commission showed a slide last week saying that the zoning plan will do away with single-family zoning in most of the city. This will be the most divisive pain point and the one most worthy of community engagement. However, in the two neighborhood-wide Zoom calls that I attended, single-family zoning was not addressed once, and the conversation mostly focused on biking and walking and what kinds of shops people want to see. What is the point of these months of community engagement when the most impactful and divisive subject isn't even being discussed? You can't talk about bikes and green space for eight months and then throw in massive zoning changes in the last three days before the Council votes. Why is this so hard for Dover and Kohl to understand?

    Alex Panagiotopoulos asked 28 days ago

    Hello Alex - thank you for your comment. The draft zoning plan is scheduled to be released in mid-May. Please note that we are planning additional opportunities for the public to provide input on the draft and to consider all policy areas and that it will go through several drafts before the Common Council considers adoption. Thank you, Bartek.  

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    The answer to the question from the Ponckhockie resident stated that development will have to abide by development standards that protect it from floodingand sea level rise. Please be more specific about the the standards for sea-level rise.

    REUSEENTHUSE asked about 1 month ago

    Hello, the specific environmental standards for development along E Strand will be fully described in the first draft of the zoning code once it is released. 

    Thank you,

    Bartek

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    All of the plans for the Ponckhockie neighborhood put buildings along the East Strand and on land that floods. What is the thinking behind this? How are you going to protect the existing buildings and the new ones with the river projected to rise more than 12 feet by the middle of this century? When I look at this plan I see all the same solutions used in Brooklyn to move the well-heeled to the waterfront at the expense of the people who already live there. What a sad commentary on urban waterfront planning.

    Ponckhockie Street Resident asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Ponckhockie Street Resident - regarding the environmental conditions, we acknowledge that this area is within a recognized flood hazard area and that therefore any new development will have to abide by development standards that protect it from flooding and sea level rise. Any new development will also have to maintain meaningful public access to the waterfront.

    By encouraging the production of a variety of housing types and incentivizing affordable housing, the overall goal of the new zoning code is to increase affordability to reduce displacement. 

    Thank you,

    -Bartek

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    I unfortunately missed last night's Hurley and Albany Avenues Virtual Public Meeting but would like to stay in the loop. Is there a way that this meeting was recorded? Will there be an option to watch after the fact? Thank you!

    miranda reale asked 3 months ago

    Yes, this meeting was recorded. Please see the full recording of the Albany & Hurley Avenue session here: https://youtu.be/nC88w5YoTuI

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    Who votes on the final plan submission? Do either the mayor or the council have a veto vote?

    Kathleen Cloonan. asked 7 months ago

    After additional public input and revisions, the final zoning plan will be voted on by the Kingston Common Council before it can be enacted. 

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    Hello, Is there anything in the proposed changes that will lessen the parking requirements for small business? For a bar/restaurant, the current zoning requires 1 space for every 100sf of interior/exterior space. It is extremely hard to meet this requirement while also having enough space to run a successful business. Thank you!

    esturni asked 7 months ago

    The planning team heard a lot of feedback during the charrette week about the existing parking requirements, and how some feel they are too high, particularly for the reuse of historic structures and for small businesses. We anticipate the code will address this issue. The first draft of the code will be ready for review in Spring 2022.

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    How can I hear more about input pertaining to waterways and constrained land with regards to form based zoning ? Thank you

    Joshua Unterbach asked 7 months ago

    There are videos from the charrette kick-off and work-in-progress meetings posted on the website, that describe some of the input we have been hearing so far. The planning team is also working on a charrette executive summary that will be ready in December. If you have specific questions about the input from the charrette week, please contact Amy Groves, agroves@doverkohl.com .

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    Where can I find list of addresses for identified Brownfields in Kingston?

    Todd asked 7 months ago

    Information about the City’s Brownfields Program can be reviewed at https://engagekingston.com/brownfields

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    Many residents and property owners work during the hours that you have posted regarding the charette studio open hours. Please consider adding at least one evening and ideally two - from 6-8 or 7-9 for those of us who are interested but unable to attend during the business day. I would imagine that a large number of the city's population would not be able to take time off work to attend during the business day.

    SouthernGal asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback, we will consider weekday time constraints when scheduling future sessions. The charrette schedule included weekend open studio hours and walking tours, as well as weekday evening input sessions (6-8pm, virtual and in person) and an evening work-in-progress presentation (6-8pm).

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