Thursday, March 14, 2019

Of Zoning and Planning in Hudson

In November 2018, the Common Council passed a resolution establishing "a special committee to be known as the Zoning and Planning Task Force." Nothing has been heard of this special committee in the ensuing four months, but at the informal Common Council meeting on Monday, Council president Tom DePietro announced that the visit by Alexandra Church, the city planner from Newburgh, scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, is to be the "kickoff event" for the Zoning and Planning Task Force. As a reminder, that special committee, according to the resolution, is tasked with "reviewing the City's Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code, analyzing future development opportunities and obstacles, and recommending a course of action to be taken by the City of Hudson as an appropriate vehicle to address zoning and planning issues in the City of Hudson," and its work, also according to the resolution, is to be completed by December 31, 2019.  

The task force is made up of nine members: the chair of the Planning Board (Walter Chatham) or a designee; the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals (Lisa Kenneally) or a designee; the chair of the Historic Preservation Commission (Phil Forman) or a designee; the chair of the Conservation Advisory Council (Jonathan Lerner) or a designee; the mayor (Rick Rector); the Common Council president (Tom DePietro); the code enforcement officer (Craig Haigh); and two members of the Common Council. Alderman John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward) has been designated to chair the task force, but it has not been made public who the second Council member on the task force will be.

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