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Syracuse COE Symposium Transforming Urban Vacant Land

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Syracuse COE Symposium Transforming Urban Vacant Land

  1. 1. TRANSFORMING VACANTLAND:A SUSTAINABLE REUSE STRATEGY FORURBAN COMMUNITIESAARON M. LEHMAN10.11.2012
  2. 2. ASLFNew York based not-for-profit, headquartered in the NearWestside area in the City of SyracuseEstablished in 1982 to provide legal, technical, andorganizational services to individuals and organizationsdealing with environmental issuesHas taken a leading role in protection and restoration ofSyracuse waterways and addressing CSO issuesIs incorporating innovative strategies to improve economic,social , and environmental sustainability in urban life
  3. 3. URBANVACANTLAND:THE REGENERATING POINT FROM BELOWZERO
  4. 4. PLANNING CHALLENGES• Environmental• Social• Economical
  5. 5. PLANNING OPPORTUNITIES• Environmental• Social• Economical
  6. 6. CASE STUDYGREENINGVACANTLOTS:CITY OF SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
  7. 7. BACKGROUND: THE ISSUEOnce one of the most polluted lakes in North America
  8. 8. Diagram of a Combined Sewer Overflow System. Adapted from “CSOs Explained” Official City of Bremerton Site.BACKGROUND: THE ISSUE (CONT.) Municipal Source of Pollution: Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)
  9. 9. THE PROCESS:ACJ• ASLF and the NYS-DEC 1988 Lawsuit Against Onondaga County Under the Clean Water Act• METRO Consent Judgment• Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ, January 1998)
  10. 10. THE PROCESS: THE 4TH STIP TO ACJ 2009 • Gray Infrastructure: 88.7% annual volume capture by 2013 • Green Infrastructure (GI): additional 6.3% annual volume capture in Green Infrastructure commencing immediately in 2009
  11. 11. THE SOLUTION:Initiatives • GI on Public Land • Green Improvement Fund: GI on Private Land • Rain Barrel Program • Urban Forestry Program • STR-Vacant Lot Program (VLP)
  12. 12. VLP: A JOINTVENTURE• Onondaga County• City of Syracuse The City of Syracuse Ordinance that depicts the City-County Agreement on installing GI on the City properties
  13. 13. VLP PROGRAM GOALSReduce CSOs by at least 9 million gallons by 2018 using GI onpublicly owned vacant lotsProvide different forms of GREEN infrastructure projects for SaveThe RainSimultaneously reclaim greenspace in a useful way and improvevalue of vacant lots to communityEngage public in GI maintenance for Save The Rain
  14. 14. SYRACUSEVACANTLOTINVENTORY
  15. 15. SYRACUSE VACANT LOTINVENTORY City of Syracuse Ownership NYS County City City Seizable Total City TD Owned Agencies Parcels Parcels 6 8 78 120 37 579 828Inventory Acreage 2.26 7.39 36.72 28.33 6.09 107.27 188.06 Parcels 0 0 24 60 25 332 441Candidates Acreage 0 0 6.92 12 5.06 80.14 104.12
  16. 16. VLP’S RECLAMATIONTYPOLOGIESUrban Orchard Urban Forestry Community Gardens or orFruit Gardens Tree Plantings Aesthetic or Vegetable
  17. 17. VLP PROJECTS:2011 Before AfterVLP Pilot Project: Urban Orchard at 701 Oswego Street, Syracuse, New York
  18. 18. VLP PROJECTS:2012 Early 50% Project Concept Construction Design Design Completed Total Status Phase Phase Phase PhaseNumber of 9 1 1 3 1 15 Projects
  19. 19. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN VLP• Outreach• Coordination• Maintenance• Green Job Training and Job Creation
  20. 20. FURTHERNEEDS ANDCHALLENGES:LONG - TERM OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT
  21. 21. LONG - TERM OWNERSHIPAND O&M MECHANISMAlternatives • Under Municipal Ownership • Under Private Ownership and Operation • Land Trust Model
  22. 22. FURTHER NEEDS ANDCHALLENGES• Public Acceptance and Involvement in Projects• An Integral Planning Process • Operations & Management • Produce • Taxes • Utilities
  23. 23. LEGITIMIZE THE PROCESS• Adaptation of Zoning and Land Use Policy• Guidelines for Safety and Security• Incorporation of GI and Alternative Reuse in Urban Planning Agenda
  24. 24. FURTHER PROGRAMMATICOPPORTUNITIES• Food Distribution• Employment• Public Health• Educational
  25. 25. FOR MORE INFORMATION658 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse, New York 13204315-475-1170atlantic.states@aslf.org www.aslf.orgwww.savetherain.us QUESTIONS

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