NEW ONSITE: Mid-Hudson Sustainability and Smart Growth Toolkit
Project Summary: Led by Orange County, the project will begin by researching amendments to municipal plans, policies, and codes administered by Orange County, the City of Newburgh, the Town of Warwick, and the Village of Warwick. This work will then be used to demonstrate best management practices for the full range of local governments (counties, cities, villages. and towns), using the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Neighborhood Development standards, Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED®) for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Floating Zone, the award-winning Orange County Design Guide and other best practice resources from around the region and the nation. Finally, the best practices and lessons learned in this initiative will be disseminated to other local governments in Orange County and in the adjoining Mid-Hudson region through an extensive education and outreach campaign. The work plan includes creating a best-practices resource kit that can be used across the region and state, as well as a robust program of engagement throughout the project. The engagement will include peer expert groups, such as the USGBC and the City University of New York (CUNY), and local stakeholders to encourage adoption of these best-practices at the local level. Detailed revisions to the existing plans, policies, regulations, and administrative procedures and development of training and communication tools will also be part of this project.
NYSERDA II: Municipal Sources to Audit
*bold text indicated emphasis from Orange County staff.