Planning Initiatives to Revitalize Poughkeepsie
You'll learn about:
The catalizing role of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in urban renewal
The role of partnerships in transit-oriented-development (TOD) planning
Creating connections through trails, parks, transit, and bike/ped infrastructure
Metro-North Planning Initiatives- Meeting the changing needs of our customers
Historic Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is poised to reawaken from a long, debilitating slumber. After decades of decline, the city has been working diligently over the last several years to lay the groundwork for renewal. This urban renewal was sparked notably by the 2009 opening of the world-renowned Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (Walkway), which attracts nearly 500,000 visitors annually.
Learn about a variety of planning initiatives—some already undertaken, others in development—to capitalize on the buzz created by the Walkway, including the Greater Walkway Experience which brings visitors from the Walkway into the City of Poughkeepsie. You will also explore the Waterfront Redevelopment Strategy, which strives to create a connected greenway waterfront trail, knit together existing plans and neighborhoods, and establish a high-quality waterfront park.
During this workshop's train ride, you will have the opportunity to hear representatives of MTA/Metro North discuss how they respond to customer needs such as attractive reverse commute schedules and work with communities on enhancement projects and TOD.
, Dutchess County Planning and Development
Confirmed SpeakerEoin Wrafter, AICP, was appointed Commissioner of Planning and Development by County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro in April 2015. Eoin has worked for the Department of Planning & Development since 1997 when he joined the Department full time as a Planner focusing on transportation issues. He served in a variety of positions in the Planning Department, including Planner, Senior Planner and Transportation Program Administrator. Between May 2010 and March 2014 he served as Assistant Commissioner and as Acting Commissioner between April 2014 and March 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the State University of New York at New Paltz as well as a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Virginia Tech. He was a member of the 2012-13 class of Pattern for Progress’ Regional Fellows Program, graduating in May 2013, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.
, Metro-North Railroad
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerPaul Hesse is the Community Development Coordinator for the City of Poughkeepsie. He works on strategic planning-related initiatives, including the City Center Connectivity Project, the City’s downtown complete streets initiative; ReZone Downtown, the City’s new form-based zoning code for the central business district; as well as a number of projects on the waterfront, such as the greenway trail connection and updating the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Paul previously worked as a planner at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, a regional public policy and planning organization, and he began his career as the Social Development Director for the City of Poughkeepsie. Paul holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Hunter College.
J. Jeffrey Anzevino
Confirmed SpeakerJeffrey Anzevino, AICP, is director of land use advocacy at Scenic Hudson where he has served for over 25 years. He leads a team responsible for helping people revitalize their waterfronts and creating strong connections between communities, parks and the Hudson River. He is co-editor of Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts, which won the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Environmental Quality Award in 2013. Jeff graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA in Geography and teaches Environmental Planning an adjunct instructor at Marist College. Jeff is an avid photographer, boater, and gardener. He has been restoring an historic hillside cottage and gardens near the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and rides his bicycle year round to work in Poughkeepsie.