Implementation Plan: Kingston Waterfront Brownfield Opportunity Area Step 3: Design Guidelines
Location: Kingston, NY
Client: The City of Kingston
and New York State Department of State
Role: Implementation Planning: Management Structure
Team: Perkins+Will with SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, Jones Lang LaSalle, URS Corporation, and Watts Architecture & Engineering

How do you sustain the implementation of a complex brownfield plan covering 190+ acres and stretching along 2+ miles of waterfront? At Nautilus International we believe that one of the key elements of sustainable waterfront planning is a set of cohesive design guidelines and standards.

After years of valuable planning efforts and public input, the City of Kingston already had in place high-quality design standards and guidelines to protect the BOA's maritime character, preserve historic architecture, encourage affordable housing, and enhance waterfront connections. Nautilus Internationalís role on the award-winning BOA team included recommendations for updates to the existing design guidelines and standards to bring them into line with recent planning initiatives and current concerns, such as climate change.

The results were two dozen recommendations for updates to the City's existing design guidelines and standards, including:
  • support for updates and planning efforts already underway, such as a Long-Term Resiliency Plan and relocation of critical infrastructure out of the floodplain;
  • additions to design standards for the public realm, such as a waterfront walkway that supports the working waterfront and other water-dependent uses;
  • guidelines for private developments, for example, a Planned Unit Development for a proposed public/private land swap;
  • and administrative updates such as improvements to the enforcement and application review processes.

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