Transform Newburgh Rezone Project

In summer 2014, the City of Newburgh rezoning process was tabled by City Council, pending further review.  The rezoning process had been underway for a period of approximately 18 months under the leadership of the Greater Newburgh Partnership (GNP) through a generous grant from the Dyson Foundation.  AKRF, a land use law firm, was the consultant to the project, and a broad based committee of City staff, elected officials, and representatives of the City’s land use boards and community groups had worked diligently on the project over the 18 month period. 

In the fall of 2014, GNP and AKRF released the draft zoning to the City of Newburgh so that this project could be moved forward.  A number of people – staff and volunteers – have been working on the project over the past several months.  Work began by collating all the comments from the public meetings held February through July of 2014.  The main areas addressed included: 

  1.  The use of Form Based Code and the districts addressed.
  2. Streamlining of the land use boards and implementation of the plan proposed by PACE University and adopted by City Council in 2013.
  3. Parking – the requirement for off-street parking in all districts and implementation of adequate parking in as-built areas of the City.
  4. Density – areas to be protected and those that can be more densely developed.
  5. Mixed-use and live-work approvals.
  6. Definition of various dwelling types and classifications.
  7. Height of buildings
  8. Protection of view sheds
  9. Protection of waterbody overlays and steep slopes; preservation of the natural environment. 

As work progressed, presentations were made to City Council in January and February of 2015.  The revised code was posted to the City website for review at that time.  Presentations were made at the Distressed Property Taskforce Public Meetings on December 10, 2014, February 18, 2015, and May 13, 2015 at the Newburgh Free Library Auditorium.  Additionally, a public hearing was held on April 13, 2015.  Further public presentations were held for Ward 4, and a community meeting on zoning was conducted on April 29, 2015 at the Activity Center.

Attached are the final proposed documents including 1) Articles 1-XIV of the Zoning Code; 2) Article XV – Form Based Code; 3) Use table; 4) Bulk Tables for residential areas (R 1, Low, Medium, and High), Commercial and Industrial; and 5) the Zoning map.  A final public hearing is proposed for the July 13 meeting of City Council at which time the public hearing will be closed and a vote taken. 

2015 Revised Documents

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