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 2.0 Draft

Version 2.0 of the Kingston Forward draft has been released here (PDF). An electronic version of the 2.0 draft is also now available via Gridics here.

The comment period for draft 2.0 closed on September 30. The next draft of the zoning code is expected to be released in November.

To view the presentation that the City of Kingston and Dover Kohl, gave on the second draft on September 15, see here. The recording of the live meeting can be found here.

To view public comments and staff responses on the 1.0 draft, click here.



Kingston Forward - Helpful Resources


New to the Kingston Forward process? Start here:

  • This is a recording of the citywide presentation that took place on June 8. For the Spanish version of the presentation, click here. The presentation gives a basic overview of what’s happening, and what a form-based code is.
  • For frequently asked questions, see here.


Kingston Forward Project Timeline

Following a public comment period on the 2.0 draft, a third and final draft will be released in fall 2022. Following an environmental review and administrative referrals, we expect the City of Kingston Common Council will consider adoption of the final draft in late 2022 or early 2023.


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 2.0 Draft

Version 2.0 of the Kingston Forward draft has been released here (PDF). An electronic version of the 2.0 draft is also now available via Gridics here.

The comment period for draft 2.0 closed on September 30. The next draft of the zoning code is expected to be released in November.

To view the presentation that the City of Kingston and Dover Kohl, gave on the second draft on September 15, see here. The recording of the live meeting can be found here.

To view public comments and staff responses on the 1.0 draft, click here.



Kingston Forward - Helpful Resources


New to the Kingston Forward process? Start here:

  • This is a recording of the citywide presentation that took place on June 8. For the Spanish version of the presentation, click here. The presentation gives a basic overview of what’s happening, and what a form-based code is.
  • For frequently asked questions, see here.


Kingston Forward Project Timeline

Following a public comment period on the 2.0 draft, a third and final draft will be released in fall 2022. Following an environmental review and administrative referrals, we expect the City of Kingston Common Council will consider adoption of the final draft in late 2022 or early 2023.


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    With regard to urban agriculture, are there any provisions for gardens, green spaces or even bee keeping, chicken keeping etc for rooftops specifically? Or will the new zoning only address backyards? Thanks!

    Nina asked 4 months ago

    Hi Nina,  the code does address agriculture for only for backyards. Under the 1.0 draft, a distinction is made between urban agriculture for local markets (less than 2 acres) and agriculture (more than 2 acres). Urban agriculture is allowed most transects while agriculture is more restricted.  Neither definition currently addresses rooftops - if you'd like to discuss this further please send me a note: bstarodaj@kingston-ny.gov. Thanks!

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    Hi, Will there be a public review of the community submitted feedback for Draft 1? Is the next draft the final draft and if so when is the release of it expected?

    Nina asked 4 months ago

    Hi Nina,

    Yes, the public feedback received for Draft 1.0 will be released alongside responses from the planning team when the second draft of the zoning code is published in August. There will be two more drafts.

    Thanks,

    Bartek

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    How do I submit written comments on the draft ordinance?

    Bob D asked 6 months ago

    Hello Bob, you can submit comments by July 1 via this survey. 

    If you'd prefer, you can also email your comment to Bartek Starodaj, bstarodaj@kingston-ny.gov.  As long as you label it as a comment on the 1.0 draft, it will be received. 

    Thanks,

    Bartek

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    Will this zoning project address storing boat and utility trailers, unlicensed vehicles, RVs, etc. on residential property in the City of Kingston?

    Hello asked 6 months ago

    Hello, yes - that will be addressed as part of the existing § 405-29 (see https://ecode360.com/6728172). This section will be pulled into the next draft of this zoning code with some potential minor edits. Please feel free to to submit a public comment on this section specifically. Thanks, Bartek

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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 9 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 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 about 1 year 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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