The Town and Village of
Saugerties prepared and adopted their first Comprehensive Plan in 1999. That plan recognized that community planning
is an ongoing process and recommended additional actions, plans and detailed
studies to pursue the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan. The 1999 Plan also recommended periodic
updating of the Comprehensive Plan to incorporate the results of subsequent
plans and studies and to reflect any unanticipated events or new issues.
A committee of Saugerties Town and Village residents was
selected to update the plan document.
The update process was first started in 2010 as the Saugerties
Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, which has the task of reviewing and
updating the Town and Village Comprehensive Plan. In
the summer of 2011, the Town/Village of Saugerties secured grant funding
through the Hudson River Valley Greenway
to hire a planning consultant to assist the committee in preparing the
Comprehensive Plan update. In the fall
of 2011, the planning firm of Shuster Associates with Planit Main Street, Inc.,
began working with the joint committee to coordinate completion of a
comprehensive plan update.
After a series of drafts, the final, approved Joint Town and Village Comprehensive Plan is now available. This Plan is not a new departure. Rather it incorporates and builds upon the
Goals, Recommendations and Strategies set forth in the 1999 Plan. Therefore, it should not be viewed as a
change of direction but, rather, as a refinement of the course already
Comprehensive Plan Committee:
The Town Board and Village Board
appointed a Comprehensive
Plan Committee to lead the public participation process and prepare
the first draft of the Town/Village’s Comprehensive Plan update. The Committee has been meeting monthly at
Town Hall to review and update the Comprehensive Plan. Committee members are as follows:
|Patrick Fitzsimmons - Chair, Comprehensive Plan Committee
|Jeannine Mayer - Village Trustee
|Leeanne Thornton - Town Board
|Jeffrey Helmuth - Village Planning Board
|Paul Andreassen - Town Planning Board
|Dave Minch - Historic District Review Boad
|Samantha Dederick - Zoning Board of Appeals/CPC
|Alexander Wade - Village Resident
|Gerry Marzec - Conservation Advisory Commission
The Saugerties Comprehensive Plan Committee has been
meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at The Town of Saugerties Town Hall during the process of completing
the Comprehensive Plan Update. You can find the latest (August 23, 2013) draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update under "Documents" at the bottom of this page.
A public informational television program prepared by the
Comprehensive Plan Committee will air on Local
Access Station TV 23. A public
hearing will then be scheduled on the draft Plan. Following the public hearing, the final Plan
will be completed along with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR)
environmental review documents. The
Comprehensive Plan will then be sent to the Saugerties Town Board and Village
Board for their consideration and adoption.
Any recommended zoning text and map amendments would follow
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
Expression of a community’s goals for the
future and recommendations for achieving those goals.
Outline for orderly growth,
providing continued guidance for decision-making.
Document, which focuses on
immediate and long-range protection, enhancement, growth and development.
The new Comprehensive Plan can be used to answer a variety
of questions about the Town/Village of Saugerties. These include:
should the Town/Village look like in the future?
business and industrial land uses should be permitted?
we do to expand our parks & open space?
programs can be put in place to encourage historic preservation?
we protect our natural resources?
Does our zoning
and related regulations need to be revised?
Why is a New Comprehensive Plan Needed?
All land use regulations (i.e. zoning,
design guidelines, subdivision regulations) must be in accordance with a
What is the Relationship between the Comprhensive Plan and Zoning?
The Comprehensive Plan establishes
the objectives that the community wants to achieve.
The Zoning Law sets forth
the regulations designed to achieve the objectives of the Plan.
For More Information:
If you have any questions about
the process or have issues you think should be explored in the process of
developing the Comprehensive Plan, please send an email to email@example.com