Kingston’s common council voted 8-1 on Tuesday, April 6 to pay a Florida-based consultant $500,000 to update its zoning code. The city’s zoning has not been updated in more than 50 years. The new code would follow a “form-based” approach, which emphasizes factors like aesthetics, walkability, and how the built environment can reflect a community’s overall vision. This relatively new philosophy of zoning is contrasted with traditional zoning, which is mostly based on segregating different parts of the city by permissible use and defining requirements (like building height or setback from the road) in numerical terms.
As is often the case with local initiatives, this process was limited by the fact that most people in town just didn’t get involved.
The Town of New Paltz has recently circulated a new Request for Proposals for a solar installation at the town’s closed landfill at Clearwater Road.
There are only two candidates running for two available seats in what might be the last independent election in the village’s history.
Among the many recommendations in the 75-page report are availability of police records on the police department website and an online complaint form, as well as biographies of each officer so the community can get to know them.
Garvan McCloskey, owner of Garvan’s Gastropub on Huguenot Street, is looking to make some changes to settle in for the outdoor dining that could be becoming the norm. McCloskey would like to erect a 12-by-10-foot shed outside that will be used for storing of furniture and other items so that servers don’t always need to walk all the way back inside to get everything ready for the next diners. The application also includes a request to extend the right to have outdoor dining that came as an emergency pandemic authorization, and also a proposal to build a 256-square-foot deck for Maggie Mae’s, the eatery that has replaced Upstairs on 9 at the site.
The highway superintendent gave a positive report on the station’s progress over the last year.
The period for comments on the muddy water being discharged from New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir has been extended, and Saugerties will remain active in the effort to improve the quality of the Esopus Creek, which was recently inundated with muddy water from the overflow of New York City’s Reservoir.
The budget is slightly less than this year’s, though the tax rate will go up due to a reduction in the assessed value of village property.
Minya Dejohnette, a City of Kingston police commissioner, announced during an online commissioners meeting she would be resigning, and then followed up in a Facebook post on Thursday, March 25, just days before Governor Cuomo’s executive order 203 police reform plan is due.