A Green Infrastructure Roundtable Kick-off at Village Hall on Saturday, September 22nd launched a community based process for aligning our codes and ordinances with our goals for better stormwater management using green infrastructure. The Nyack Green Infrastructure presented an overview of GI planning and techniques, key stormwater challenges and parts of the codes to review. Two committees are now poised to start working to develop recommendations during the fall. Others volunteers are welcome to join.
The two committees –called “Streets and Lots” (Paul Curley ,Chair)
and “Natural Resources” (Marcy Denker, Chair) will start to meet in October and will develop recommendations for code changes as well as possible public outreach, pilot projects and funding options. Others volunteers are welcome to join.
Thanks to a grant from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance Barbara Kendall CPESC, CMS4S will guide us through the process. Barbara currently provides coordination services on a contract basis for the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, a regional non-profit organization working to protect, manage and restore the water resources of the Hudson River basin through local efforts. In her previous position as Watershed Special Projects Coordinator for the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, Barbara developed the first pilot project for New York State using Better Site Design Roundtables, a program to involve municipalities and local stakeholders in proposing natural resource and stormwater management updates to local codes.
Our Roundtable will be relatively short–three months from the start to the completed report in January. Cathy Friesen, who serves on our committee and is also the chair of the zoning board has already put in hours of work to review the code, which will really simplify things for the committees. In addition to recommending improvements to the codes, committees may also recommend proposals for outreach, pilot projects and funding.