Town of Catskill and Village of Catskill, Greene County, New York
The Town and Village of Catskill are nestled in a scenic rural region of the Hudson River Valley; far enough from New York City to escape urban sprawl yet close enough to access it’s important amenities. However, a growing appreciation for the countryside combined with an increase in telecommuting related to the region’s developing Tech Valley initiative defined a need for the future accommodation of a larger population in the Town and Village of Catskill.
Saratoga Associates worked with the community to craft an inclusive comprehensive plan that would focus future dense growth in the village and hamlet cores, thus protecting the valuable rural beauty of the surrounding area.
Protection of the countryside required that town leaders understood the potential implications of their existing land use laws. Saratoga Associates calculated developable acreage, subtracting land use for roads, parks, and similar public spaces, and identified the potential for the residential sector to grow four-fold if necessary.