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Centers & Greenspaces

This new four-page Guide combines a regional perspective with Greenway principles and simple mapping techniques that have been successfully used in multiple local plans. The objective is to prevent commercial strip development along our roadways and residential sprawl into the countryside.

Communities are encouraged to locally identify through a public process natural and agricultural lands for possible protection measures, as well as key centers with positive potential for community growth. Centers and Greenspaces plans also include design concepts and illustrations to show residents and potential investors how new centered and connected development could fit with the existing context.

Get more information on how Centers save Greenspaces. You can review the Centers and Greenspaces Guide and countywide map, find out about recent success stories in Red Hook and the City of Beacon, or view larger scale maps and data about your community.

Centers and Greenspaces Guide


  • Reinforce existing centers and main streets;
  • Mix uses to promote walking and biking;
  • Connect major ceners with transit services;
  • Locally identify priority growth areas for close-in expansion and conversion of strip districts or subdivisions into new centers
  • Employ a rance of protection measures for farmland and naturak wildife areas;
  • Adopt policies that suport agriculture;
  • Plan for continous greenspace systems;
  • Locally identify priority greenspaces for future public or private conservation.