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Mohawk Towpath Byway Scenic Conservation Action Plan Table of contents

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    • TABLE OF CONTENTS Mohawk Towpath Byway: Scenic Action Plan TABLE OF CONTENTS SECTION 1. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW 1.1 Introduction to the Byway 1.2 Vision and Goals 1.3 Process to Date 1.3.1 Engaging the Partners 1.3.2 Assessing, Inventorying and Mapping the Byway’s Scenic Quality 1.3.3 Identifying and Prioritizing Scenic Issues 1.3.4 Developing Scenic Conservation Strategies 1.4 Implementation 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-2 1-3 1-3 1-3 1-3 SECTION 2. INVENTORY AND ASSESSMENT 2.1 Overview 2.2 Landscape Categories 2.2.1 Highway Commercial 2.2.2 Working Landscape 2.2.3 Open Land 2.2.4 Rural Residential 2.2.5 Residential 2.2.6 Village Mixed-Use 2.2.7 Historic 2.3 Overview of Scenic Conservation Initiatives in the Byway Community’s Comprehensive Plans 2-1 2-1 2-2 2-2 2-5 2-8 2-12 2-15 2-19 2-23 SECTION 3. PRIORITIZATION OF SCENIC ISSUES 3.1 Introduction to Workshops 3.2 Key Considerations 3.2.1 Education 3.2.2 Promotion 3.2.3 Access 3.2.4 Scenic Enhancement, Redevelopment, and Protection 3.2.5 Collaboration 3.3 Important Initiatives 3.3.1 Urban Streetscape Considerations and Opportunities 3.3.2 Crescent-Cohoes Road 3.3.3 Landfill at Colonie 3.3.4 ALCO Industrial 3.3.5 Aqueduct 3.3.6 Historic Areas and Retaining Community Character 3.3.7 Scenic Areas and Suburban Sprawl Issues 3.3.8 Improve Access to Recreational Facilities and Opportunities 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-2 3-2 3-3 3-4 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-6 3-6 3-6 2-29 i
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS Mohawk Towpath Byway: Scenic Action Plan 3.3.9 Improve Route 9 Gateway in Half Moon SECTION 4. SCENIC CONSERVATION STRATEGIES – A TOOLBOX 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Site Design and Layout 4.2.1 Landscape integration 4.2.2 Cluster development 4.2.3 Limit Visible Building Façade 4.2.4 Limit visible parking 4.2.5 Buffer incompatible uses 4.2.6 Infill development 4.2.7 Compatible design 4.2.8 Siting utilities 4.2.9 Vantage points 4.3 Materials 4.3.1 Compatible colors 4.4 Signage 4.4.1 Appropriate sign design 4.4.2 Future signage 4.5 Lighting 4.5.1 Appropriate lighting 4.5.2 Direct light downward 4.6 Landscaping and Vegetation 4.6.1 Limit clearing 4.6.2 Street trees & vegetation 4.6.3 Incorporate streetscape elements 4.7 Access Management and Transportation Planning 4.7.1 Limit curb cuts 4.7.2 Complete streets 4.7.3 Scenic pull-offs 4.7.4 Access to river 4.7.5 Gateways 4.8 Reclamation and Revegetation 4.8.1 Adaptive Re-Use 4.8.2 Topography & woodland landscape 4.9 Regulatory Assessment Techniques and Options 4.9.1 A visual inventory 4.9.2 Visual assessment 4.9.3 Overlay zoning districts 4.9.4 Design guidelines and design review 4.9.5 Tree-cutting standards 4.9.6 Sign regulations ii 3-6 4-1 4-1 4-2 4-2 4-4 4-6 4-8 4-10 4-12 4-14 4-18 4-20 4-22 4-22 4-24 4-24 4-27 4-29 4-29 4-31 4-33 4-33 4-35 4-37 4-39 4-39 4-41 4-43 4-46 4-48 4-50 4-50 4-52 4-54 4-54 4-54 4-54 4-54 4-54 4-55
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS Mohawk Towpath Byway: Scenic Action Plan 4.9.7 Cluster or conservation subdivisions 4.9.8 Incentive based programs SECTION 5. RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION PLAN MATRIX 5.1 Overall Recommendations for the Entire Byway Corridor 5.1.1 Conduct a Byway Summit and Follow Up Events 5.1.2 Develop a Corridor Enhancement Plan 5.1.3 Enhance Wayfinding and Identity Program 5.1.4 Implement an Educational and Participatory Planning Program 5.2 Action Plan Matrix 4-55 4-55 5-1 5-1 5-1 5-2 5-3 5-4 5-5 RESOURCES MAPS iii