Town and Village of Waterford Action Plan

 

Short = Short Term actions to be implemented within one year of Comprehensive Plan adoption

Medium = Medium term actions to be implemented within two to five years of Comprehensive Plan adoption.

Long = Long term actions to be implemented within five to ten years of Comprehensive Plan adoption.

Ongoing = Actions that may be ongoing throughout the life of the Comprehensive Plan.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Action

 

Time Frame

 

Potential Partners with

Comprehensive Plan Committee

 

 

Goal 1: To provide high quality facilities and a variety of parks and recreational programs and opportunities to accommodate the

needs of residents and visitors of all ages and disabilities.

 

1-1: Develop a Youth Center and expand the range of youth programming.

 

Medium

 

 

Waterford Youth Council, Town of Waterford, Village of Waterford

 

 

1-2: Make better use of Sugar Loaf Pond as a recreational asset.

 

Medium

 

Town of Waterford Highway Department (incl. parks)

 

 

1-3: Expand winter recreational activities in the community.

 

Medium

 

Town of Waterford, Village of Waterford,  NYS Canal Corporation

 

 

1-4: Work with NYS Canal Corporation to complete improvements at the former

       Alcathy=s Marina.

 

 

Long

 

Town of Waterford, Waterford Canal Development Committee, NYS Canal Corporation, NYS OPRHP, NYS DOS

 

 

1-5: Complete the network of waterfront trails along the Waterford Flight and Mohawk

        River to provide expanded public access to these waterways, to link trails to one

        another, and to provide better connections between waterfront, residential and    

        commercial areas in the Town and Village.

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

Town & Village of Waterford, Waterford Canal Development Committee, NYS Canal Corporation, NYS DOS, NYS OPRHP, NY Parks & Conservation Assoc., National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program, Hudson Valley Greenway, Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor, Champlain Canal Scenic Byway

 

 

1-6: Develop a series of nature walk brochures and maps to be used for directed and

        self guided tours of waterfronts and other trials.

 

Short

 

Town & Village of Waterford, Waterford Canal Development Committee, NYS DEC

 

 

Goal 2: To protect open space, scenic vistas and other important natural resources in Waterford for future generations.

 

2-1: Establish a waterfront overlay district with development standards to ensure that

       development within or immediately adjacent to scenic viewsheds in the Town and

       Village will be compatible with, complement and enhance the viewshed and not

       compromise irreplaceable environmental and scenic resources.

 

 

Short

 

 

Town of Waterford, Village of Waterford

 

 

Town and Village of Waterford Action Plan

 

 

 

 

Recommended Action

 

Time

Frame

 

Potential Partners with

Comprehensive Plan Committee

 

 

2-2: Work with the City of Cohoes, City of Troy, and New York State Office of Parks,

        Recreation and Historic Preservation and appropriate others to develop a strategy

        and implement appropriate land use controls to protect and enhance shared and

        mutually beneficial (from a tourism perspective) shoreline areas, historic resources,

        and scenic viewsheds.

 

 

Medium

 

Town & Village of Waterford, City of Cohoes, City of Troy, NYS OPRHP, Hudson Valley Greenway, US Army Corp of Engineers

 

 

Goal 3: To maintain a strong healthy tax base and promote the long-term economic vitality of the community.

 

 

3-1: Attract and retain small businesses in the Town and Village of Waterford in

       designated commercial areas such as along Saratoga Avenue, the Broad Street

       commercial district and along Hudson River Road.

 

 

Ongoing

 

Town & Village of Waterford, Waterford IDA, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

 

 

3-2: Develop a Master Plan for the Broad Street Corridor

 

Short

 

Village of Waterford, US Dept. HUD

 

 

3-3: Develop and implement a streetscape improvement program to improve the

       appearance and condition of streets and sidewalks in the Village.

 

Short

 

Village of Waterford, NYS OPRHP, NYS DOT

 

 

3-4: Develop and implement a streetscape improvement program to improve the

       appearance and condition of streets and sidewalks along Saratoga Avenue in the

       Town.

 

 

Long

 

Town of Waterford, Capital District Transportation Commission, NYS DOT

 

 

3-5: Attract and retain industry located in the Hudson River Road sub-area in the Town of

       Waterford.

 

Ongoing

 

Town of Waterford, Waterford IDA, Saratoga County Economic Development Corporation

 

 

Goal 4: To Preserve, promote and enhance Waterford=s historic and cultural assets.

 

 

4-1: Develop detailed design guidelines to assist the planning and zoning boards and

       property owners to make changes that are compatible with the architectural

       character and scale of historic district buildings.

 

 

Short

 

 

Village of Waterford, NYS OPRHP

 

 

4-2: Strengthen the Village=s historic preservation laws by incorporating design

       guidelines, the two existing historic preservation ordinances, and building

        maintenance provisions into the Village Zoning Ordinance.

 

 

Medium

 

 

Village of Waterford

 

 

4-3: Develop and implement a facade improvement program for commercial and

       residential facades to improve the physical appearance of the Village and portions of

       the Town.

 

Medium

 

Town and Village of Waterford, Local Lending Institutions, Private Sector Partners

 

 

Town and Village of Waterford Action Plan

 

 

 

Recommended Action

 

Time

Frame

 

Potential Partners with

Comprehensive Plan Committee

 

 

4-4: Review the effectiveness of existing historic preservation laws and amend the

       Village zoning ordinance to incorporate coordinated historic preservation

        regulations.

 

 

Medium

 

 

Village of Waterford

 

 

4-5: Expand and strengthen signage and interpretive programs to make residents and

       visitors more aware of the wide range of historic resources in Waterford.

 

Ongoing

 

Town & Village of Waterford, NYS OPRHP, NYS Canal Corporation, Waterford Canal Development Committee, NYS DOS, NY Parks & Conservation Assoc., National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program, Hudson Valley Greenway, Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor, Champlain Canal Scenic Byway

 

 

4-6: Develop a reuse and restoration strategy for  threatened and/or underutilized historic

        resources.

 

Medium

 

Town & Village of Waterford

 

 

4-7: Work with the Waterford Historical Museum to better establish it as the southern

        visitor gateway to the Champlain Canal Trail, increase its ability to contribute to

        historic and cultural offerings of the Town and Village, and raise public awareness

        of its existence.

 

 

Medium

 

Town & Village of Waterford, Waterford Historical Museum, Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor

 

 

4-8: Develop a web site and collateral marketing materials to actively promote Waterford

       as a destination for recreation and heritage tourism.

 

 

Short

 

Village of Waterford, Preservation League of NYS, NYS OPRHP, The National Trust

 

 

Goal 5: To stimulate economic development by capitalizing on Waterford=s waterfront location, architecture and history. 

 

 

5-1: Improve linkages between the waterfront and downtown areas.

 

Ongoing

 

Town & Village of Waterford, NYS DOT

 

 

5-2: Implement the waterfront projects set forth in the Town and Village of Waterford=s

       Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

 

Ongoing

 

Town & Village of Waterford, NYS DOS, NYS OPRHP, Hudson Valley Greenway, NYS Canal Corporation,  Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor

 

 

Goal 6: To provide for a mix of housing types and densities to meet the housing needs of individuals, families and seniors while

 maintaining the integrity of established residential neighborhoods.

 

 

6-1: Develop and implement a flood hazard mitigation plan to address seasonal flooding

       of residences and other buildings at the confluence Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.

 

Long

 

Town & Village of Waterford, NYS DEC

 

 

6-2: Increase the rate of owner occupancy in the Village and decrease the number of

      absentee landlords.

 

Ongoing

 

Town & Village of Waterford, NYS DHCR, Local Realtors

 

 

6-3: Market the Village=s housing stock by capitalizing on the historic architecture of the

       houses and downtown in general to attract new homeowners.

 

 

Medium

 

Town & Village of Waterford, Local Realtors

 

 

Town and Village of Waterford Action Plan

 

 

 

Recommended Action

 

Time

Frame

 

Potential Partners with

Comprehensive Plan Committee

 

 

6-4: Improve and enhance  the condition of Village housing stock through code

       enforcement.

 

Short

 

Village of Waterford

 

 

6-5: Consider adoption of a historic preservation tax exemption program in the Village.

 

Medium

 

Village of Waterford

 

 

6-6: Conduct a housing survey to determine housing rehabilitation needs in the Village

       and apply for housing rehabilitation funding resources as appropriate.   Explore

       other methods of financing housing rehabilitation for those that do not qualify for

       traditional state and federal housing rehabilitation programs.

 

 

Short

 

 

Village of Waterford, Empire State Development Office of Small Cities

 

 

6-7: Adopt a program in the Town and Village to encourage home improvements without

       penalizing the homeowner through property tax increases.

 

Medium

 

Town & Village of Waterford

 

 

Goal 7: To enhance the overall quality of zoning ordinances, physical infrastructure and municipal services in the Town and Village

of Waterford and to protect public health and safety.

 

 

7-1: Amend the Zoning Ordinances of the Town and Village to correct existing

       ambiguities and problems and incorporate zoning tools to implement this 

       Comprehensive Plan and the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

 

Short

 

Town & Village of Waterford

 

 

7-2: Investigate alternatives for parking improvements in the Village.

 

Medium

 

Village of Waterford

 

 

7-3: Identify and implement measures to prevent and/or minimize flooding in the Village

       of Waterford.   

 

Long

 

Town & Village of Waterford, NYS DEC

 

 

 

Key to Abbreviations:

 

NYS DEC:         New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

NYS DHCR:      New York State Department of Housing and Community Renewal

NYS DOS:        New York State Department of State

NYS DOT:         New York State Department of Transportation

NYS OPRHP:    New York State Office of Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation

US Dept. of HUD: US Department of Housing and Urban Development