100 Ideas for New Paltz

22. make ohioville a hamlet again

Re-zone the area around the intersection of Route 299, North Ohioville, Plutarch and South Ohioville into a mixed-use, high density neighborhood development

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  1. David Santner said, on August 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

    We actually designed such a zone back in 1997, but the town board never approved it. It would have replaced the existing “highway strip” zoning with three new zones including a “hamlet” district at Ohioville, a mixed use “gateway” district adjacent to the thruway, and a “main street” district around Ames Plaza with a complete set of design standards. If it had been approved the new Stop and Shop would have been built close to the street with sidewalks and storefronts to resemble downtown Main Street, the Crossroad project would have been designed as a downtown neighborhood and the Ohioville hamlet might develop along the lines you suggest, although I don’t think the design district called for quite the density you have in mind. Saratoga Associates worked on the zoning but the design standards came mostly from Randall Arendt.

    • Jason West said, on August 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm

      Wow, this is fantastic information, David. Thanks. What you all worked on back in ’97 sounds exactly like what I always thought those areas should be like, and what the Transportation and Land Use Study recommends. If the lion’s share of the work has already ben done, why don’t we re-introduce it? We could have the Town Planner look over it, tweak it where it may need to be updated and get it passed into law.

      It’s a shame the Town Board didn’t have the zoning in place for the re-development of the Ames Plaza. That was such a missed opportunity.

    • Jason West said, on August 26, 2009 at 12:25 am

      David – do you have a copy of those zoning recommendations? I’d love to see it.

  2. David Santner said, on September 23, 2009 at 4:31 am

    I do have it and will make a copy for you. One of the key issues that sparked controversy was whether we could attract stores to service our current needs and the needs of any new residents in the district while keeping out stores that were looking to attract a regional market. Give me a few days to make a copy and stop by The Bakery.

    • Jason West said, on October 26, 2009 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks, David. For some reason, I stopped getting emails about new comments here, so just saw this message. I will stop by the Bakery this week and try to catch you.

      Jason


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