Plan Background & Process
The Queensbury South Vision Plan is comprised two components: a New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) study and a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP). However, at their core, both the BOA and LWRP projects are focused on developing a revitalization plan for South Queensbury. The BOA study is principally focused on data gathering, analysis, and engaging the community in a visioning process for the broader South Queensbury study area. The BOA study will provide an understanding of the local context, housing conditions and needs, land use patterns, the transportation network, and infill and redevelopment opportunities. This work effort will inform and benefit the development a vision plan that will focus on the reuse of the Hudson River waterfront (former Ciba-Geigy property).
In turn, the Ciba-Geigy LWRP work plan will focus on specific redevelopment opportunities to leverage the site’s location and local infrastructure assets, exploring the possibilities for such new uses as manufacturing space, multi-modal facilities, or perhaps a museum that focuses on the region’s industrial legacy. This effort will also explore waterfront access, improvements to the Feeder Canal trail, and recreational opportunities. The selection of a preferred redevelopment plan will have tremendous impact on the BOA study area. For this reason, the Town of Queensbury is performing these studies concurrently, ensuring a shared revitalization vision for the Queensbury South neighborhood.
The planning process is being led by a volunteer advisory committee that consists of residents, stakeholders, and local officials. While the advisory committee is responsible for preparing these studies, final recommendations and redevelopment plans will be based on significant public input that will be obtained throughout the planning process. Initial public outreach will include community visioning exercises that are geared towards addressing the broader area and site-specific opportunities. Subsequent phases of the project will include additional public input on the draft Queensbury South Vision Plan. Please check this site regularly to see how this exciting project is progressing and be sure to use it as a tool to offer any feedback that you would like to share with us.