100 Ideas for New Paltz

10. municipal garbage collection

Posted in garbage, infrastructure, lowering the cost of living, public health by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Create a Garbage District, buy some garbage trucks and have the DPW pick up trash on all Village streets, reducing residents’ garbage bills by up to a third.

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11. make all new buildings green buildings

Create requirements in the housing codes of the Town and Village requiring all new construction to meet minimum LEED standards, with incentives of expedited review or density bonuses to those who exceed the minimum standards.

12. move the dpw garage

Posted in infrastructure, planning and construction, smart growth by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Move the village Department of Public Works offices and garage down to the sewer plant

13. change which fire station is the main location

Posted in fire department, planning and construction, smart growth by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Move the Fire Department offices and meeting rooms to Fire Station #2 on North Putt Corners Road.

14. move village hall

Posted in infrastructure, planning and construction, smart growth by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Move Village Hall into the abandoned building behind Wachovia Bank

15. replace the village hall lot with downtown-type development

Re-zone and subdivide the Village Hall lot and the pit behind Village Hall to high density, mixed use downtown-like zoning.

Hire an architect to design the buildings to be built on the former Village Hall property, (keeping a small fire station on-site), and make the projects shovel-ready by having the Village Board work with the Planning Board to get all necessary approvals. That way, a builder has simply to buy the right to build this pre-approved building.

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16. pay for new village offices with development rights

Posted in infrastructure, planning and construction, zoning by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Use the money earned through these shovel-ready buildings to pay for the demolition and re-location of Village Hall and the DPW

17. skate park

Posted in parks by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Turn the abandoned basketball court across from St. Joseph’s Church into a small skate park.

18. clean up medians and other often overlooked public spaces

Posted in art, infrastructure, parks, public health, sidewalks by Jason West on June 12, 2009

Work with the Town Court to coordinate more community-service projects to be supervised by the DPW and Town Buildings and Grounds Department in order to clean, repair and re-plant sidewalk landscaping and small medians around the Village and Town, possibly with a view towards using appropriate spaces for public art.

19. develop a northern gateway into the village along route 32 north

Re-zone Route 32 North between the Salvation Army and Agway as high-density, mixed use development like downtown. This work was started several years ago; including having a well attended community visioning session and an initial report from Behan Planning, the firm hired by the Village to manage the project.

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