In order to promote a more urban, walkable, and vibrant downtown, the City of Newburgh has chosen to utilize a form-based zoning approach for its four downtown districts. The regulations in this article supplement those regulations found in the rest of this chapter and provide specific details on the form of development that is encouraged and allowed in this important section of the City.
This form-based code will:
Focus on the importance of building types and the relationship of one building to another.
Allow flexibility and variety with respect to uses within buildings and within a zoning district.
Help ensure new development is compatible with the existing urban fabric of downtown Newburgh.
Provide guidelines for the redevelopment of the waterfront.
Provide clarity to developers about what is desired and allowed.
Speed the application and approval process for projects meeting the requirements of this article.
This form-based code (FBC) is a fully binding and enforceable component of the City's Zoning Code. It is also designed as a stand-alone resource for the development regulations for Newburgh's downtown.
The form-based code is organized as follows.
Part 1: Introduction. This section describes the purpose and intent of the form-based districts and includes the schedule of permitted uses within the districts.
Part 2: District Regulations and Guidelines. This section defines the development standards for each of the four downtown districts.
Part 3: Supplementary Standards. This section provides detailed standards on building design, streetscape, and parking within the form-based districts.
The following four zoning districts, shown on the official Zoning Map of the City of Newburgh, are regulated through this Form-Based Code. The regulations in this form-based code regulate the use, bulk, area, and design of new construction within these four zoning districts.
The Broadway Corridor (BC) Zone applies generally to lots along Broadway from West Street to Grand Street. The primary purpose of the zone is to focus commercial activity along this main thoroughfare.
The Downtown Neighborhood (DN) Zone generally encompasses the most urban neighborhoods to the north and south of Broadway.
The Waterfront Gateway (WG) Zone is suited for the most dense and tallest development in the City. It includes areas to the north and south of Broadway between Grand Street and Water Street.
Planned Waterfront District
The Planned Waterfront District (PWD) is the area of downtown generally between Water Street and the Hudson River. It is the historic heart of Newburgh and has been, and is expected to be, the catalyst for the revitalization of the City.
The following images characterize some of the existing form within the downtown districts and show the diversity of existing building types and uses within the FBC districts. They are presented for informational purposes only.
Permitted by right and permitted by site plan. The form-based code allows a mix of uses, both within lots and within buildings. The following uses are permitted within the form-based districts as designated by P; are permitted within the form-based districts pending site plan review as designated by P*; or are permitted within the form-based districts by special permit from the Planning Board as designated by S.