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  • Agriculture

    Achieving Sensible Agricultural Zoning to Protect PDR Investment.(2001) Bowers, D. Presented at the conference: Protecting Farmland at the Fringe: Do Regulations Work? Stresses the importance of the use of agricultural zoning in an attempt to protect farmland in a more cost effective way. 

    Agriculture and Economic Development, Community and Economic Development Toolbox.Cornell University and Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension (2001). Provides technical assistance and contains information on topics like: sustainability, farmland preservation, and agritourism. 

    Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM). New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Contains a link to worksheets on various agricultural topics with the aim of improving environmental conditions through agricultural environmental management. 

    Building Better Rural Places: Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Conservation and Community Development. U.S Department of Agriculture with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. A guide for those interested in using federal programs or resources “to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States”. There are many topics that are covered in this in depth guide including: management, marketing, conservation, and community development. 

    Conservation Easements. Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas. Introduces the concept of conservation easements, which can be applied to land with various uses, emphasizing its application for agricultural land. 

    Cost of Community Service (COCS) Studies. American Farmland Trust, Farmland Information Center. “A subset of the much larger field of fiscal analysis, COCS studies have emerged as an inexpensive and reliable tool to measure direct fiscal relationships. Their particular niche is to evaluate working and open lands on equal ground with residential, commercial and industrial land uses”. 

    Drafting Conservation Easements for Agriculture and Ranch Lands. (2002) Cosgrove, J.P., Bouplon, R.J (2002) National Land Trust Alliance Rally, Austin TX. This article recognizes the difference between conservation easements for agriculture and ranch lands versus other uses and gives examples of different approaches that have been taken for easements. 

    Farmland Information Center. This searchable database provides access to all of the technical resources available from the American Farmland Trust. It also includes a New York Statistics Sheet. 

    Farms, Communities and Collaboration - A Guide to Resolving Farm-Neighbor Conflict. This is an overview of the current relationship of NY farmers and neighbors. This study was developed by CARDI. 

    Local Law and Agricultural Districts: Guidance for Local Governments and Farmers. New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Describes certain laws in New York relating to agriculture that recognize the importance of this valuable industry. 

    New York Agricultural Landowner Guide to Tax, Conservation and Management Programs.American Farmland Trust. A guide to programs in the state that aim to save farmers money, conserve their land as well as to improve environmental quality. 

    New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets.An index of NY Laws regarding Agriculture and Markets.

  • Brownfield Development

    Environmental Restoration Projects (Brownfields). NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. This document provides guidance in relation to the Environmental Restoration Projects (Brownfields), site Investigations and Remediations, part of the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996. 

    A Guidebook for Brownfield Property Owners ©.The Environmental Law Institute (1999). This report explains the process, problems, and rewards of redeveloping brownfields. 

    Brownfield and Land Revitalization US Department of Environmental Protection Agency. 

    The Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative: Proposal Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots.The Environmental Protection Agency (1997). As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative, the Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilots are designed to empower States, communities, tribes and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely cleanup and sustainably reuse brownfields. This document presents guidelines for proposed pilots. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

  • Cell Tower Regulation

    Federal Communications Commission Fact Sheet. Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.(1996). Explains the provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to help state and local governments as they deal with the complex issues of facilities siting in their local communities. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Planning and Design Manual for the Review of Applications for Wireless Telecommunications Facilities. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services, Behan Planning Associates, LLC. and the Town of Pittsford. The purpose of this manual is to give municipal officials and citizens a starting point when reviewing an application for siting a wireless telecommunication facility. It includes a model review process and local laws. 

    Local Wireless Facility Siting Policies in Practice. Mithen, Lori. Association of Towns of the State of New York.(1998). Presents case law examples involving local laws and the siting of wireless communication facilities. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Local Regulation of Personal Wireless Service Facilities and Other Technologies Cusack, Michael E., Fisher, Christopher B. Town Attorney Workshop, Towns and the Law. (1998). Provides appropriate background on local regulation of personal wireless service facilities and other technologies under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Model Ordinances:

    Master Plan Amendment and Zoning for Chester Township, NJ Relating to Cell Towers. (1997). Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Model Ordinance: Telecommunication Towers, Prepared by the Saratoga County Planning Board. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Model Telecommunication Towers Regulation for Municipalities. New York Planning Federation 

    Town of Milan Cell Tower Regulation. New York State Department of State (2000).Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

  • Comprehensive Planning

    Community Benchmarking, Community Planning and Economic Development Toolbox. Cornell University and Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension (2001). Provides links to brief articles giving technical assistance that relates to community planning and economic development. 

    The Community Planning Resource Web site (CPR)is a service of the Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility. They have assembled a broad selection of resources to help elected officials, planning professionals, advocates, landowners, and anyone else concerned about land use, understand the issues and access the tools needed to participate in decisions about Wisconsin's future. Planning for development and change is essential for developing healthy communities that meet the needs of the residents while remaining economically strong and environmentally friendly. 

    Conducting Public Meetings and Public Hearings. New York State Tug Hill Commission and NYS Department of State. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. The intent of this paper is to educate and refresh municipal officials on several of the procedures governing public meetings and hearings. 

    Conservation Area Overlay District: A Model Local Law. Metropolitan Conservation Alliance (2002). Technical Paper Series, No. 3. Bronx, New York. 46pp. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office. 

    Creating Collaborative Communities: A Handbook for Community Leaders ©.Daly, J.(2001). The Glynwood Center. Available by calling 845-265-3338, or at the Glynwood Center.

    Creating the Community You Want: Municipal Options For Land Use Control. NYS Department of State Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. This publication summarizes the various land use management tools which New York State municipalities can use to help deal with issues of community character and change.

    Defining a Community Through the Comprehensive Plan Legal Memorandum LU09 NYS Department of State Counsel’s Office. Discusses comprehensive planning in New York State.

    Drafts of the 2004 Proposed Zoning and Subdivision Laws. Includes a Draft Comprehensive Plan from the Town of Hyde Park.

    From Policy to Reality: Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development. Minnesota Planning Environmental Quality Board. A large PDF that presents model ordinances for sustainable development, covering topics like growth management and economic development.

    Guide to Planning and Zoning Laws of New York State. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Contains laws in New York State applicable to planning and zoning.

    Model Codes and Analysis Tools for Quality Growth.Fregonese Calthorpe Associates, Envision Utah. Describes the use of overlay zoning to protect environmentally sensitive areas.

    Nature in Your Comprehensive Plan: Road Map for a Community’s Future. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Explains the need for considering nature in a comprehensive plan with a focus on wildlife habitat. Contains examples.Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Zoning Board of Appeals.cNYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Presents information about the zoning board of appeals for New York State communities including excerpts from the appropriate legislation and case law examples.

    Zoning and the Comprehensive Plan.NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. In New York, zoning must be in accordance with a comprehensive plan. This document explains the relationship between zoning and the comprehensive plan in New York State.

  • Conservation and Environmental Planning

    Best Development Practices: Conserving Pool-Breeding Amphibians in Residential and Commercial Developments in the Northeastern United States. Calhoun, A.J.K. and M.W. Klemens (2002). MCA Technical Paper No. 5, Metropolitan Conservation Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York. To obtain a copy send request to mca@wcs.org

    Conservation Threshold for Land Use Planners©. Environmental Law Institute (2003). Provides a review and synthesis of information from the most up-to-date scientific literature to provide basic thresholds to land use planners to rely upon when making decisions affecting biodiversity.

    Keeping New York’s Waters Pure: A Guide to Financial and Technical Assistance Programs for Rural Community Water and Sewer Infrastructure Development and Water Quality Management.New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. 

    Nature in Your Comprehensive Plan: Road Map for a Community’s Future. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Explains the need for considering nature in a comprehensive plan with a focus on wildlife habitat. Contains examples. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office. 

    Non-point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)Includes technical papers covering parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, roads and other areas of concern for non-point source pollution. Also includes a do it yourself impervious surface build-out analysis. 

    Planning with Nature: Biodiversity Information in Action©. Environmental Law Institute (2003). Poorly planned land development is a prime contributor to the loss of America’s natural heritage of animal and plant diversity. This report finds that simply utilizing existing biodiversity information may help remedy this problem.

    Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program – Community Toolbox.Provided by the National Park Service Northeast Region Philadelphia Office, this page provides a wealth of tools that communities can use to help “reinvent themselves” by creating assets with rivers, trails, historic sites and other often neglected sources.

    Environmental Impact Assessment in New York State. Information from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and Environmental Impact Assessment Guidance.

    Urban BMP Performance Tool-This Urban Storm water BMP Performance Tool has been developed by the EPA, provides storm water professionals with easy access to approximately 220 studies assessing the performance of over 275 BMPs. These studies can help provide some of this information so that BMPs are appropriate for the site and will contribute to meet the water quality objectives of the watersheds in which they are located. 

    An Innovative Tool for Managing Rural Residential Development: A Look at Conservation Subdivisions Anna Haines, Ph.D. (2002) This article provides an in depth look at conservation subdivisions One primary goal of many communities is to balance residential development with agricultural needs, open space, and natural resources while trying to retain a sense of place and this article provides help guidelines to achieve that goal. 

    Model Ordinances and Easements: 

    Conservation Area Overlay District: A Model Local Law. Metropolitan Conservation Alliance (2002). Technical Paper Series, No. 3. Bronx, New York. 46pp. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Model Land Use Law: Lake Shoreline Areas in New York State. Lamb, R., New York Planning Federation. 

    Model Conservation Easement. Diehl, J. and T. Barrett. “The Conservation Easement Handbook.” For the Trust for Public Land and the Land Trust Alliance. Washington, D.C.

    Wetlands and Watercourses Ordinance. Croton-on-Hudson DPW. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office. 

    Model Ordinance for Sustainable Development. Put together by the Minnesota Planning Board, it offers suggestions to local governments interested in adopting guidelines for sustainable development.

  • Design Guidelines and Site Plan Review

    Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection. Smart Growth Network and the Neighborhood Coalition. Discussion of the utilization of smart growth techniques in order to provide better affordable housing.

    Cost of Community Service Studies.American Farmland Trust, Farmland Information Center. “A subset of the much larger field of fiscal analysis, COCS studies have emerged as an inexpensive and reliable tool to measure direct fiscal relationships. Their particular niche is to evaluate working and open lands on equal ground with residential, commercial and industrial land uses”.

    Tug Hill Commission Community Design Guidelines Manual. The community design guidelines contained in this document provide design criteria and suggest development approaches which will help both communities and developers address issues of local concern.

    Development Issues, Community and Economic Development Toolbox. Cornell University and Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension (2001). Provides Technical Assistance. 

    Education and Smart Growth: Reversing School Sprawl for Better Schools and Communities. Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. This paper describes how the trend toward building new schools on large sites far from existing development centers, called "school sprawl" or "school giantism," can have far-reaching impacts on school children, school districts and the larger community.

    Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation.Smart Growth Network. Aims to support communities that have recognized the value and importance of smart growth and now seek to implement it.

    Greenway Connections: Greenway Compact Program and Guides for Dutchess County Communities. Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development. The Greenway Compact Program in Dutchess County is a voluntary partnership between the Greenway Council and local communities in the county to work toward Greenway goals, help build a network of connecting routes and use the Greenway Guides to improve their surroundings.

    Local Government Commission.“The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.”

    Guidelines for the Preservation of the Saratoga Springs Historic District. Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Link Between Growth Management and Housing Affordability: The Academic Evidence.Nelson, Pendall, Casey, Dawkins, and Knapp, Brookings Institute. This paper is a comprehensive review of academic literature on the link between growth management and housing affordability. The paper concludes that the market is the primary determinant of housing prices, and that sound growth management policies provide more affordable housing than traditional land use policies. 

    New Community Design to the Rescue: Fulfilling Another American Dream.J. Hirschhorn and Paul Souza for the National Governor’s Association. Presents principles for an alternative to sprawl that can create vibrant communities.

    Non-point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)Includes technical papers covering parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, roads and other areas of concern for non-point source pollution. Also includes a do it yourself impervious surface build-out analysis. 

    Saratoga Springs Downtown Historic District Design Guidelines. Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Site Development Plan Review Procedure and Guidelines. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Describes the site development plan, or site plan, review process in New York including pertinent statutes and examples of local regulations.

    Negotiating for Social Justice and the Promise of Community Benefits Agreements: Case studies of current and developing agreements. Government Law Center, Albany Law Online (April 2008) Written by Patricia Salkin and Amy Levine. A Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) “specifies the benefits that the developer will provide to the community in exchange for the community’s support, or quiet acquiescence, of its proposed development”. This document outlines several case studies in this relatively new tool. 

    Model Ordinances and Easements:

    Checklist for Sub-division Review. Town of Ithaca. Local Law No. 6 (1996). Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    From Policy to Reality: Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development. Minnesota Planning Environmental Quality Board. 

    Historic Preservation Ordinance - Town of Saugerties, New York Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Model Codes and Analysis Tools for Quality Growth. Fregonese Calthorpe Associates, Envision Utah. 

    Model Guidelines for Infill Development. Maryland Department of Planning. 

    A Model Ordinance for a Traditional Neighborhood Development. Ohm, B., LaGro, J., and C. Strawser, University of Wisconsin Extension. 

    An Ordinance for a Conservation Subdivision. Ohm, B., University of Wisconsin Extension. 

    Town of Rhinebeck Design Standards Dutchess County Planning and Economic Development Department and Warren Temple Smith. Available at the Greenway Office

    Town of Warwick: Design Guidelines.

    Traditional Neighborhood Development Code. Duany, Plater-Zyberk and City Staff. Columbus Ohio.

  • Easements

    Drafting Conservation Easements for Agriculture and Ranch Lands. (2002) Cosgrove, J.P., Bouplon, R.J (2002) National Land Trust Alliance Rally, Austin TX. Presents examples of the language used in agricultural easements.

    Historic Preservation Easements. National Park Service. An introduction to historic preservation easements from the Historic Preservation Services of the National Park Service.

    Model Conservation Easement. Diehl, J. and T. Barrett. “The Conservation Easement Handbook.” For the Trust for Public Land and the Land Trust Alliance. Washington, D.C.

  • Economic Development

    Economic Development: Community and Economic Development Toolbox. Cornell University and Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension (2001). Provides technical assistance. 

    Making the Most of Your Waterfront: Enhancing Waterfronts to Revitalize Communities New Your State Department of State Division of Coastal Resources. The information in the Guidebook helps communities protect, restore and revitalize their waterfronts, thus creating a beautiful amenity and economic catalyst.

    Local Government Commission. “The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.”

    Ten Principles for Reinventing America's Suburban Business Districts. Booth, Leonard, and Pawlukiewicz. The Urban Land Institute. The result of a study done by planners, developers, markets analysts and others to improve suburban business districts. 

    Institute of Community Economics . The Institute for Community Economics (ICE) is a national community development organization promoting economic justice through community land trusts (CLTs) and community investment.

  • Historic Preservation

    Preseravation and Community Character.“Learn how preservation impacts all aspects of your community.”

    Conservation Districts. Cultural Resources Partnership Notes. Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service. (1998). Defines and discusses the concept of a conservation district as an alternative to an historic district. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Historic Preservation: Not Just A Façade. Legal Memorandum LU08 NYS Department of State, Counsel’s Office. A brief overview of evolution of historic preservation movement with case law examples as well as New York statutes.

    Historic Preservation Tax Incentives. National Park Service. Frequently Asked Questions and Information about Federal tax incentives from the Heritage Preservation Services of the National Park Service.

    Legal Aspects of Municipal Historic Preservation. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. A great resource covering many areas in regard to legal aspects of municipal historic preservation in New York State. 

    Caring for the Past. . Heritage Preservation Services, National Center for Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships, National Parks Service. a broad range of program information and educational guidance FREE OF CHARGE to help your planning activities and preservation projects to benefit America's historic battlefields, tribal communities, archeological sites, historic buildings and districts, national historic landmarks, and historic landscapes. You may request up to FIVE publications free of charge. 

    Local Preservation Reference Shelf. Heritage Preservation Services, National Center for Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships, National Parks Service. An in-depth bibliography entirely for historic preservation as well as a list of other resources.

    Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Brings awareness to Section 106 review of the National Historic Preservation Act which requires consideration of historic preservation when an action is taken by the Federal government.

    Public Participation In Historic Preservation Planning National Park Service. Stresses the importance of public participation and grassroots concepts for historic preservation planning. 

    Saratoga Springs Downtown Historic District Design Guidelines. Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    What Are the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives? Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation, Colorado Historical Society. A webpage dedicated to answers for historical preservation questions.

    Principles of Preservation Planning National Park Service Guidance for Local, State, Tribal, and Federal Preservation Planning Efforts offered by the Nation Parks Service. The paper seeks to identify best practices [or guiding principles] in historic preservation planning at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels to help guide future planning activities. 

    Preserving Historic Religious Properties: A Toolkit for Congregations and Community Leaders For older Religious properties to remain open, they must be equipped to deal with the ever-changing socio-economic climate of urban areas, a shortage of clergy, lower attendance, and deferred/ongoing maintenance problems. This toolkit provides some answers and a framework to guide successful restoration. 

    Model Ordinances and Easements:

    A Citizen’s Guide to Protecting Historic Places: Local Preservation Ordinances.National Trust for Historic Preservation (2002). 

    Guidelines for the Preservation of the Saratoga Springs Historic District. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Historic Preservation Easements. National Parks Service. 

    Historic Preservation Ordinance - Town of Saugerties, New York. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

  • Intermunicipal Cooperation and Regional Planning

    Intermunicipal Cooperation Tools: Pace Law School offers a comprehensive look at creating an effective and consistent land use plan that integrates several municipalities. This site offers a step by step guide, other Intermunicipal Councils and a list of other Agencies and Organizations as available resources. See also, Intermunicipal Agreements: The Metamorphosis of Home Rule, by Mary E. Mohnach (1999). 

    The Consolidation of Local Government. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Assessing the Service and Financial Implications of the Village of Fillmore Dissolution.

    Implications of Village Dissolution. Town and Village of Cherry Creek. Prepared by Eric Bridges. Explains the feasibility process for the consolidation of the Town and Village of Cherry Creek.

    Intergovernmental Cooperation NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Discusses intergovernmental cooperation in New York as a way to overcome management problems. Provides examples and contract language that local governments use.

    Intermunicipal Cooperation and Consolidation Exploring Opportunities for Savings and Improved Service Delivery. Published by the Division of Local Government Services and Economic Development within the Office of the New York State Comptroller, this document discusses intermunicipal cooperation and consolidation as an alternative for communities struggling to deliver services with limited resources.

    Intermunicipal Cooperation Database. Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board. Southern Tier West's Intermunicipal Cooperation Database is an index of information (samples of agreements, case studies, publications, news releases, surveys, contact points, etc.), all of which pertains to intermunicipal cooperation. While the majority of information on file is from the Southern Tier West region, data from other portions of New York State (and other states) are also listed. Hard copies of sample intermunicipal agreements are available upon request. 

    Intermunicipal Cooperative Agreements: Cooperation the Key to Cost-Efficiency.Legal Memorandum LG01 including model agreements for sharing of highway equipment and personnel and joint acquisition and administration of open space lands. 

    Local Government Restructuring in New York State. These pages contain information about service delivery restructuring among towns and counties in New York State, based on a survey completed in 1996 - 1997. The summary of survey results presents the key findings of the survey, accompanied by graphic illustrations. You can also search the database created from the survey results to find out more about specific instances of restructuring in New York State towns and counties. 

    Municipal Service Alternatives: Villages of Carthage and West Carthage, New York. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services with the Tug Hill Regional Commission (1999). James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. A summary of the services shared by these New York communities.

    Intermunicipal Cooperation and Consolidation Activities in New York State: A Snapshot. The Intergovernmental Studies Program offered at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy published a snapshot of the consolidation activities among municipalities in New York State based on a one week survey. Sydney Cresswell & Jordan Wishy (2004). 

    Making Government Work: Intergovernmental Cooperation, Partnering and Consolidation in New York State. Press Release put out by the Department of Law, summarizing a booklet that is intended to serve as a guide for local governments to provide essential services at lower costs. For more Information and obtaining a copy of the booklet, call 518-474-7330. 

    Regional Planning in NYS: A State Rich in National Models, Yet Weak in Overall Statewide Planning. Government Law Center of Albany Law School (1993) Documents supports the need for cooperative and coordinated planning. 

    Model Agreement:

    A Model Intermunicipal Agreement for Shared Highway Services. NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (1997). Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Intermunicipal Cooperation/Sharing of a Building Inspector Model Resolution.Town Resolution. Legislative Commission on Rural Resources (1996). Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.
  • Main Street Revitalization

    Downtown Revitalization: Some Simple Methods to Inventory and Survey Your Local Downtowns. Shields, M.Cornell University and Pennsylvania Cooperative Extensions. Presents methods to survey your downtown, which the author claims should be the first step towards any downtown revitalization effort.

    Main Street and Downtown Revitalization, Community and Economic Development Toolbox.Cornell University and Pennsylvania State Cooperative Extension (2001). Provides technical assistance. 

    Penn State: Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology,A Manual for Small Downtowns A comprehensive 'how to' manual for revitalization efforts in small places. The manual emphasizes volunteerism, organization and small scale projects 

    Getting Started: Using the Main Street Approach A Manual for Small DowntownsAn extension of the National trust for Historic Preservation, these recommendations will help you generate the local support necessary to establish a revitalization initiative. 

    A Practitioner’s Guide to Urban Main Street Programs A publication by the Fannie Mae Foundation offers a comprehensive set of principles with regard to modeling, organizing, designing, marketing and promoting Main Streets and Commercial Districts.

  • Moratoria

    Land Use Moratoria.NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services (1999). James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Presents information on land use moratoria in New York State with case law examples, portions of applicable statutes as well a section on how to draft a moratorium law.

  • Municipal planning & zoning Officials Training

    Resources for Land Use Training in New York State. “This report prepared by Pace University School of Law Land Use Law Center, under the direction of the New York Planning Federation Education Committee, identifies many organizations and entities in New York State that offer land use education and training.” In addition, the New York Planning Federation offers training opportunities on various planning topics.

    Pace University and Land Use Law Center offers land use training programs, some of which may be used from home.

    New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal Land Use Training Program provides free land use training online for Local Government Officials. The program is designed to teach the basics of New York land use law. The program is made available to governmental officials, planning and zoning board members, municipal risk managers and others for noncommercial purposes. The program has nine tutorials and a glossary with links to definitions and various New York State statutes. The program is produced by the Pace University Land Use Law Center and the New York Planning Federation. It is made available through the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, which is owned by the 530 New York Municipalities it insures. You can download the program free from NYMIR >or the zip file (1.6 meg) from NYPF.

    Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. Lincoln Education Online provides courses on land related tax policies.

    Division of Local Government Training. The Department of State training courses are offered throughout the year at various locations.

    Association of Towns. Offers training and holds conferences on various topics annually.

    Non-point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Includes technical papers covering parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, roads and other areas of concern for non-point source pollution. Also includes a do it yourself impervious surface build-out analysis.

  • Open Space Planning

    Conservation Subdivisions: A better way to protect water quality, retain wildlife, and preserve rural character. UConn Cooperative Extension and Natural Lands Trust. Introduction to the concept of a conservation subdivision.

    The Land Trust Alliance promotes voluntary land conservation for the benefit of communities and natural systems. They offer information, leadership and resources that support the trust movement. Their 2nd edition of the Conservation Easement Handbook is now available. “This new edition draws on 17 years of experience from more than a thousand American land trusts and offers something for everyone: practical how-to tips and checklists for land trust staff and board members; detailed drafting guidelines for attorneys; and many sample documents (565 pages with a companion CD-ROM). 

    Cost of Community Service Studies. American Farmland Trust, Farmland Information Center. “A subset of the much larger field of fiscal analysis, COCS studies have emerged as an inexpensive and reliable tool to measure direct fiscal relationships. Their particular niche is to evaluate working and open lands on equal ground with residential, commercial and industrial land uses”.

    Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Planning Guide.Hudson River Valley Greenway. Description of the Hudson River Valley Greenway’s planning activities and how communities can benefit from participation with the Greenway programs.

    Local Open Space Planning Guide.NYS Department of State. A technical assistance document providing an introduction to open space planning as well as information on how to plan for open space.

    New York State Open Space Conservation Plan. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This publication discusses land acquisition and land conservation strategies in New York State.

    Open Lands Acquisition: Local Financing Techniques Under New York State Law.Lejava, J. Rielly, M., Nolon, J. (2000). Metropolitan Conservation Alliance Technical Paper Series, No. 2. Discusses how local governments can acquire open lands primarily through the purchase of development rights (PDR’s) and the statutes giving them the authority to do so in New York State. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Model Ordinances and Plans:


    An Ordinance for a Conservation Subdivision.Ohm, B., University of Wisconsin Extension. 

    Also available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office: Open Space Conservation T/O Marbletown; Town and Village of Red Hook and Village of Tivoli Open Space Plan.

  • Ridgeline and Viewshed Protection

    Assessing and Mitigating Visual Impacts. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)(Sama, J.) (2000)., Division of Environmental Permits. A Policy by the DEC that introduces visual impacts including avoidance, mitigation and offset measures. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenwaymoffice.

    Identify and Protect Scenic Vistas and Viewsheds. Strategies for Smart Growth and Scenic Stewardship. (2000). Scenic America, Inc. This brief article discusses ways to identify and protect scenic vistas and viewsheds.

    Shawangunk Ridge Conservation and Design Guidebook ©. Church, D. and Myers, J. (1993). The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Inc. Presents information on how to protect mountainous or ridgeline areas from development.

    Model Ordinances Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    -Town of Warwick Zoning Law
    -Napa County Viewshed Protection Program
    -Lycoming County Zoning

  • Senior Housing

    Federal Programs and Local Organizations: Meeting the Housing Needs of Rural Seniors. A report prepared by Lance George and Christopher Holden of the Housing Assistance Council.

    Aging in Place: Community Choices Quality Growth Tool. Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Area Agency on Aging. A tool designed to help local governments plan and prepare for their aging populations.

    Housing Solutions for Seniors. The Better Business Bureau. Alternative housing options for seniors. 

    Model Ordinances,br>
    Accessory Dwelling Units: Model State Act and Local Ordinance. Cobb, R. and Dvorak, S (2000). AARP Policy & Research for Professionals in Aging.

  • SEQRA

    State Environmental Quality Review Act. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

    Guidelines for SEQRA Review of Greenway Compacts: Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Planning Guide. Hudson River Valley Greenway. 
    State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Handbook. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. 

    SEQR Process for Municipal Boards. Produced by GREENPLAN, Inc. A simple flow chart displaying the SEQR process for municipal boards.

    SEQRA and the North Elba WalMart Decision. Legal Memorandum LU04 NYS. Department of State, Counsel’s Office. “The decision indicates that it is permissible for a municipality to make a land use decision based on facts relating to the projected impacts of the proposed development on existing, similar businesses within the community.”

    Site Development Plan Review Procedure and Guidelines. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Describes the site development plan, or site plan, review process in New York including pertinent statutes and examples of local regulations.

    Example:
    Drafts of the 2004 Proposed Zoning and Subdivision Laws.
     Includes a Draft Comprehensive Plan from the Town of Hyde Park.

  • Sign Regulation

    The NYS Dept. of Transportation. This page provides an introduction to the New York State Sign Program. It also presents a basic explanation of the regulations that govern the program. 

    Model Ordinances:

    City of Durham, NC Sign Ordinance

  • Smart Growth

    Smart Growth. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Resource links and publications that hope to encourage smart growth. Smart Growth Illustrated is a new EPA resource with visual case studies of 10 smart growth principles as they have been used in 20 communities around the country.

    Smart Growth in New York State: A Discussion Paper.The New York State Division of Local Government Services and Economic Development hopes this paper stimulates “a vigorous debate on smart growth in New York State by providing a general background and helping to define major issues.” 

    Sprawl Watch. A clearinghouse for resources on sprawl and smart growth. 

    Smart Growth Online. A service of the Smart Growth Network that provides a catalogue of resources regarding smart growth.

    Congress for the New Urbanism. A Chicago based non-profit organization based on new urbanism principles including coherentregional planning, walkable neighborhoods, and attractive, accommodating civic spaces. Has downloadable information, links to other resources, as well as an image bank.

  • Sustainable Building (Green Building)

    Sustainable Building Information System. SBIS is a database resource that is designed to provide general information about sustainable building and to link users to more detailed sources of information.

    Green Buildings- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Provides information on the benefits of building green, environmental issues, sustainable building types and links to regional and federal green building resource websites.

    Smart Communities Network - Creating Energy Smart Communities. Resources, tools, links to articles and publications and community success stories from community energy, to green development, to sustainable business.

    Building Technologies Program. U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. A resource for energy solutions for your building and a building toolbox that provides a comprehensive guide for creating more efficient and affordable buildings.

    Greener Buildings.U.S. Green Building Council and The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. A resource center for environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation. 

    U.S. Green Building Council. The council is made up of a coalition of leaders from the building industry working to promote buildings that are “environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.” LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a “voluntary, consensus based national standard for developing high-performance sustainable buildings.”

    NYSERDA Green Building Services. NYSERDA provides computer modeling, design charrette coordination, assistance in obtaining LEED® certification,Executive Order 111 assistance,New York State Green Buildings Tax Creditassistance, green materials recommendations, commissioning and life cycle costing analysis to building design teams to help make new and rehabilitated commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings green. Green Building services are offered under the New Construction program PON 913. 

    The Green Building Initiative. The mission of the Green Building Initiative is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction. The GBI also includes a comprehensive list of additional resources.

  • Trails, Parks and Recreation

    Getting Involved: A Community Trail Handbook for Landowners – Presents information on the sensitive topic of trails located on private land. Discusses legal issues, and how to convince property owners of the benefits of trails. Also clarifies misunderstood notions of liability, vandalism and trespassing. Available from Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    Getting Started: A Guide to Organizing and Planning Trails. New York Parks and Conservation Association with the Greenway Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley. A simple guide for communities seeking to build trails in their community. Walks through the common steps of trail planning, from organizing the project, to management and maintenance. Available from Hudson River Valley Greenway office.

    National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program: Rivers & Trails. This resource provides tools for communities seeking to conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways. Information on assistance provided by the NPS is also available.

    Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. New York State Office of Parks. Recreation, and Historic Preservation. “The 2003 SCORP will serve as a status report and as an overall guideline for recreation resource preservation, planning and development through 2007.”

  • Water Quality Resources

    New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Soil and Water Conservation Committee and the Central New York Regional Planning Board. Available from the DEC. The New York State Stormwater Management Design Manual provides designers with a general overview on how to size, design, select, and locate stormwater management practices at a development site to comply with State stormwater performance standards.

    New York State Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control (also known as the Blue Book) New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Agronomy and Agriculture and Engineering Departments of Cornell, New York State department of Environmental Conservation, New York Contractor’s Erosion, New York State Department of Transportation, New York State Chapter of Land Improvement Contractors of America, O’Brien and Gere Engineers, Inc. This document provides standards and specifications for selection, design and implementation of erosion and sediment control practices. Also, for proprietary practice, click here.

    U.S. Enivronmental Protections Agency - Wetlands, Oceans, & Watershedsprovides information and links for protecting wetlands, oceans, and watersheds. Their Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters “is intended to help communities, watershed organizations, and state, local, tribal and federal environmental agencies develop and implement watershed plans to meet water quality standards and protect water resources. It was designed to help any organization undertaking a watershed planning effort, and it should be particularly useful to persons working with impaired or threatened waters.”

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Watershed Information Network U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Watershed Information Network provides helpful information services for protecting and restoring water resources. This includes access to regional information, on-line training for watershed management, and Surf Your Watershed, a service to help locate, use and share environmental information about a specific state and watershed.

    Know Your Watershed Conservation Technology Information Center. This is an information clearing house for watershed coordinators to help assure measurable progress toward local goals.

  • Zoning

    Adopting Zoning for the First Time. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Introduction to zoning in New York State.

    Creating the Community You Want: Municipal Options For Land Use Control. NYS Department of State Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Presents the various tools available to New York communities to control land use, with an emphasis on zoning.

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About … Adult Entertainment RegulationsMarola, L. and R. Lubin. New York Planning Federation. Introduction to the regulation of adult entertainment uses from a land use law perspective.

    Flag Lot Ordinances. Available at the Greenway offices. 

    Guide to Planning and Zoning Laws of New York State. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services (1998). James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. 

    Guidelines for Applicants To the Zoning Board of Appeals. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. 

    Incentive Zoning. Pace Law School Land Use Law Center. Incentive Zoning Examples:
    Town of Beekman, NY
    Town of Warwick, NY, § 164-47.6 Incentive Zoning for Open Space Preservation.

    Municipal Regulation of Mobile Homes. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services (1999). James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Introduction to and the tools necessary for municipal regulation of mobile homes.

    Examples: Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office
    Town of Augusta
    Town of Hyde Park 
    Town of Warwick

    Municipal Regulation of Adult Uses After the Stringfellows decision. Legal Memorandum LU03 NYS Department of State, Counsel’s Office. New York Court of Appeals decision that upheld a New York City zoning ordinance which regulated adult businesses. 

    Municipal Zoning Codes in New York.General Code Publishers. Ordinances for many of New York’s municipalities.

    Record Keeping Tips for Zoning Administration. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. These tips provide helpful information and stresses the importance of properly managing the vast amount of paperwork involved in zoning administration.

    Zoning Board of Appeals. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Discusses the Zoning Board of Appeals in New York State including its powers and responsibilities.

    Zoning and the Comprehensive Plan. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Zoning statutes in New York must be adopted in accordance with a comprehensive plan. This document explains the relationship between the two.

    Zoning Enforcement. NYS Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. James A. Coon Local Government Technical Series. Discusses zoning enforcement, including options for enforcement and laws giving authorization for enforcement in towns and villages of New York State.

    Zoning and Historic Preservation. Morris S. and S. Henry Renaud (1998) Heritage Preservation Services, National Center for Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships, National Parks Service. Although zoning may be more effective in protecting historic buildings and historic districts than other kinds of historic resources, it is important to become knowledgeable about zoning in your community and to understand how it affects historic resources and archeological sites and how it might better protect these historic properties.

    Model Ordinances, Codes, and Guidelines:

    Conservation Area Overlay District: A Model Local Law. Metropolitan Conservation Alliance (2002). Technical Paper Series, No. 3. Bronx, New York. 46pp. Available at Hudson River Valley Greenway office. 

    Model Codes and Analysis Tools for Quality Growth. Fregonese Calthorpe Associates, Envision Utah. 

    Model Guidelines for Infill Development. Maryland Department of Planning. 

    Local Planning Law Resource Guide. Westchester County Planning Department. Provides model ordinances relating to many planning topics.

    A Model Ordinance for a Traditional Neighborhood Development. Ohm, B., LaGro, J., and C. Strawser, University of Wisconsin Extension. 

    An Ordinance for a Conservation Subdivision.Ohm, B., University of Wisconsin Extension. Note: click on the “Projects” link in the left frame window.

    From Policy to Reality: Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development. Minnesota Planning Environmental Quality Board. 

    Town of Warwick: Design Guidelines.GREENPLAN, Inc

    Traditional Neighborhood Development Code. Duany, Plater-Zyberk and City Staff. Columbus Ohio. 

    Sample Zoning Ordinance Elements.General Code Publishers.


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