FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2023
Mayor Noble Launches Development Guide and Information Hub for New Zoning Code
Zoning Code Encourages Responsible Development
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the City of Kingston has created an informational hub for the new zoning code. To make it easier for Kingston residents to understand and use the new zoning code, the hub includes a 30-page development guide, an interactive zoning map, and an easy-to-use online version of the zoning code.
The City of Kingston’s new zoning code, which was passed in August 2023, is a form-based code that regulates the location, design, alteration, occupancy, and use of structures and the use of land. It is designed to make it easier to develop, while protecting what makes Kingston unique.
Mayor Noble said, “Our new zoning code is designed to spur housing development and this 30-page development guide, the first ever produced by the City, offers a step-by-step approach that will help developments move through the City’s processes much more efficiently.”
“Zoning fundamentally impacts the economic and housing opportunities that Kingston residents have. That’s why I am so excited by the many opportunities that the new code offers, particularly for the development of new housing throughout the City. I look forward to continuing to develop resources and training opportunities so that everyone can benefit from the new form-based code,” said Bartek Starodaj, Director of Housing Initiatives.
Those resources, such as the development guide, are designed to help residents and small-scale developers understand and use Kingston’s form based code. While the code itself explicitly details the zoning requirements, the guide aims to clarify the code’s intent and the best ways to use it. It outlines Kingston’s context and goals, the components of the code, and how to build in the City.
In a form-based code, each parcel in the City is designated as a transect or special district. The code divides Kingston into 5 transects that range from the least developed (T1) to the most developed (T5). Special districts are designed to capture specific and/or existing parts of the city.
In addition to transect standards, a form-based code also has general standards that control characteristics, form, design standards, and incentives. Additional standards outline rules for specific parts of development like street design, usable open space, and large sites. To understand what this means, residents can begin by searching for a parcel in the interactive zoning map and looking at the property details on the left side of the page.
For more definitions, processes, and tips, see the City’s development guide. Additional materials and resources can also be found on the right-hand side in the "resources" section of this page.
As part of this rollout, the City of Kingston will do a citywide mailing informing residents that the new zoning code was adopted by the Common Council and is now in effect.
The zoning code resource page can be found at https://engagekingston.com/kingston-forward.
For the background on the zoning code adoption and public engagement process, visit www.engagekingston.com/kingston-forward-archive.