Red Hook receives Pomeray Award for new zoning

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The New York Planning Federation’s mission is to promote sound planning and land use practice so that orderly growth and development may occur, balanced with necessary resource conservation. Consistent with this mission, the Federation offers annual awards to help celebrate excellence and achievement in New York State in the areas of planning and zoning. The award recipients for 2011 were honored at the annual NYPF conference held on October 9 – 11.

The Pomeroy Award for zoning achievement is given to a community or individual for high quality work and outstanding contribution to zoning in New York State through the development of specific zoning law or legal agreement. This year the New York Planning Federation is very proud to announce that the Pomeroy Award winner is the Town of Red Hook “Centers and Greenspace” Zoning Amendments.

PACE Land Use Center submitted the award nomination on behalf of the Town of Red Hook and PACE also awarded them the Groundbreakers Award for this work last year. The nomination explains, “Adoption of these two new Zoning Districts promotes true small town development, with close-knit villages surrounded by rural countryside (“center” and “greenspaces”), in keeping with the traditional rural land use patterns of the Hudson Valley.”

The plan was prepared by the Intermunicipal Task Force of the Town of Red Hook and the Villages of Red Hook and Tivoli. The amendments to the Town’s Zoning Law and Subdivision Regulations are a model of sustainable development for the State and were widely supported by the community, as well as by local and regional planning organizations. Numerous letters of support were submitted during both the review and award nominating process.

The amendments were passed by a 4-1 margin supported by Councilwoman Micki Strawinski, Councilman Harry Colgan, Supervisor Sue Crane and William O’Neill, Town Councilman and Chair of the Intermunicipal Task Force that authored the amendments.

Receiving the award at the NYPF award ceremony for the Town of Red Hook was William O’Neill, Esq., Town Council and Chair of the Intermunicipal Task Force; Harry Colgan, Town Council; Brent Kovalchik, Red Hook Village Trustee; and Mark Castiglione, Acting Executive Director of Hudson River Valley Greenway.

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