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					Creating Open
     Space
in Clifton Park

  Kate Maynard, AICP, Planning Director


            February, 2008            1
     Today’s Discussion
1. Foundation: Open Space
   Planning Highlights
2. Open Space Program Toolbox
3. Western Clifton Park GEIS
   and zoning changes
4. Shaping Open Space in the
   Development Process

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 1. Foundation:
Open Space Planning
     Highlights




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   1999 Trails Master Plan
Established
concepts
and goals for
creating trail
system in Clifton
Park

Currently
being
updated
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            Open Space Plan
             Adopted 2003
Leadership

Diverse Committee

Extensive Public
Participation Process
(planning charrette, public
meetings (two series), two
town-wide surveys)

Fiscal Impact Analysis
of costs of investing
in conservation
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 Open Space
Plan Concepts

Protection of wildlife nature
preserves and watersheds;

Farmland Protection
Program;

Enhanced recreational
parkland and ballfields;

A town-wide,
comprehensive trails and
pathways system; and,

A scenic roads, cultural
resources, and historic
preservation program.

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   Western CP
Land Conservation
      Plan
  & New Zoning
  adopted 2005
  - New Zoning Districts

  - New Conservation
  Subdivision Regulations – for
  enhanced open space
  component

  - Rural Design Guidelines for
  Western CP

  - New Open Space Incentive
  (Amenity) Zoning Option
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     Open Space Toolbox
Purchase/Sale or Donation of Lands (for town
ownership)

Permanent Conservation Easements
(Purchase/Sale or Donation of Development
Rights)

Application to town’s Term Conservation
Easement property tax program (15 to 25
year commitment)

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) within
Western Clifton Park.
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 Purchase of Development Rights
         (PDR) Projects
1.   Riverview
     Orchards
     - 87 acres

2.   King Crest
     Farm
     - 41 acres

     Permanent      Beef cows along Grooms Road
     Conservation   at King Crest Farm
     Easements
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Awards & Recognition
  Upstate Chapter APA
  Implementation of a
  Plan Award
  NYS Realtors Smart
  Growth Award
  Saratoga PLAN
  Parks and Trails NY


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  4. Shaping Open
     Space in the
Development Process



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Development Review Process
Townwide – Comprehensive Site Level Review
including protection of significant features
 – Apply Comprehensive Plan, Open Space Plan & Trails
   Master Plan
 – Conservation subdivision (clustering) – preferred
   alternative


Enhanced Review Process for Projects in
Western Clifton Park:
 – Also apply the Western Clifton Park Land Conservation
   Plan/GEIS and Rural Design Guidelines
 – Conservation subdivision – is the standard in CR Zone

Provides Opportunity for integration of
recommendations and priorities from the Open
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Space, Trail and Riverfront Committee
Permanent Open Space Protected
 Quality and Criteria
 – Connect open space and habitat
   corridors
 – Protect environmental resources
 – Provide passive recreation
   opportunities where appropriate
 – Conserve scenic, historic resources
 – Provide buffers to adjacent farmland
 – Minimize impacts to neighbors

 Recent Subdivisions
 – Boel- 43.82 acres
 – Rolling Meadows- 44.1acres
 – Carlson Farm- 43.52
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     Zoning in
     Western
    Clifton Park
-    Conservation
    Residential Zone

-    Hamlet Residential
    Zone

-   Hamlet Mixed Use
    Zone

-   Open Space
    Incentive (Amenity)
    Zoning Option
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Conservation Residential Zoning
     Density Calculation
For sites over 10 acres, fifty percent
of site must be protected open space
Calculated density based on
subtracting constrained land, then 1
unit per 3 acres for total
unconstrained land portion.
Example: 10 acre site with one acre
of wetlands (9 acres/ 3 = base
density of 3 units).

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         Enhanced Process
      for Analyzing Resources

(Conservation Residential Zone)
  Four-step process
 1.   Develop existing resources and site analysis plan
      of the natural, cultural, and scenic features
 2. Conservation analysis
 3. Demonstrate a proposed layout
    of development concept
 4. Prepare summary preliminary plan
    showing synthesized conservation and
    development concepts
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Open Space Incentive Zoning
  Purpose: to incentivize private sector’s role in
  helping to advance town’s goals for open space
  conservation

  Eligibility: only within CR, HM, or HR zones

  Town Board and Planning Board process to
  determine applicability and appropriateness

  Area to be protected is identified in Land
  Conservation Plan for Western Clifton Park
   – A. Single family incentive- Provide Community
     Benefit of 3 acres unconstrained land in exchange
     for one single family unit of increase in density, OR
     $30,000 cash to be placed in dedicated open space fund
   – B. Commercial, two-family, multi-family
     residential incentive-
         Office-1,000 gross sq. ft. density= 1 ac unconstrained land
         or $20,000 ($20/ gross sq. ft.)
         Retail-1,000 gross sq. ft. density= 1.5 ac unconstrained
         land or $30,000 ($30/gross sq. ft.                            17
Open Space Incentive Zoning
Total of 34 amenity units approved
$1.02 million to be added to Western
Clifton Park Open Space Fund
– Funding utilized towards open space
  acquisition, PDR, or related site
  planning and improvements within
  western part of town.



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Rolling Meadows Subdivision
– 44+ acres Permanent Open Space
  Protected
     Directly adjacent to Veteran’s Park
     Proposed public charrette for planning
     existing and future public space within
     vicinity.
                                                                   oy   Rd.
                                                              cElr
– 21 amenity lots agreed to -                   Rolling
                                                Meadows
                                                          M
  $630,000 amenity required to be
  utilized within dedicated open               PARK
  space fund.

– Trail connections - to open
  space to north, ROW established
  for connection to approved
  Cloverdale Meadows
  on Hubbs Rd. immediately to NW.

– Street network provides
  connection with existing
  neighborhood.
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         Moving Forward
Make greater use of GIS Analytical Tools
for future activities and tracking

Continue to pursue / leverage outside
funding sources and grants for existing
and new projects

Continue to see and support the “big
picture” of development/conservation in
the Town of Clifton Park - support
enhancements of core development areas
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         Moving Forward
Enhance Transfer of Development Rights
to encourage sending and receiving within
CR and HM and HR areas
Sharpen the zoning provisions for Open
Space Incentive zoning to take place
Refine process for determining potential
use of open space during review process




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  Exploring New Territory
Town holding permanent
conservation easements- assuming
role of land trust, with long term
stewardship and monitoring role
Future uses of acquired open space

Budgeting and planning for design
and improvements to new land
acquired

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Thank you!

  Open Space Program Information available at
  www.cliftonpark.org.
  Contact Information:
  Kate Maynard, AICP
  Director of Planning, Town of Clifton Park
  kmaynard@cliftonpark.org, 371-6054

  Jennifer Viggiani, AICP
  Open Space Coordinator, Town of Clifton Park
  jviggiani@cliftonpark.org, 371-6054
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