2015-16 Priorities

To All Our Fellow Residents,

At the end of each fiscal year, your Board of Trustees establishes its working priorities for the next twelve months. While the focus of our activities during the course of any year is subject to modification when major new developments emerge, we want to provide as clear a picture of our goals as we can at the outset of each year.

 For the fiscal year beginning June 1, 2015 the Board has set priorities under six general headings:
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Continued Financial Soundness and Service Efficiency
  • Quality-of-Life Enhancement
  • Advancement of Affordable Housing 
  • Improvement of the Downtown Economy
  • Sustainability

Each of these broad areas of work encompasses certain specific endeavors, as outlined below. We sincerely encourage and welcome your thoughts on our priorities and how best to implement them, and hope that you not only will attend our meetings but also become actively involved as a volunteer on one of the Village’s various committees, or in some other capacity appropriate for you.

Comprehensive Planning
  • Begin review and update of the 2003 Comprehensive Plan to help guide our future growth.
  • Begin planning to address sea-level rise and increased frequency of flooding along the Hudson River.

Continued Financial Soundness and Service Efficiency
  • Analyze, review and propose changes to operations, technology and policies that will upgrade the efficiency and reduce costs of Village departments.
  • Streamline the process for building/renovation permits and site approvals.
  • Foster an environment of cooperation among various Village boards and committees.
  • Provide appropriate training opportunities for both volunteer board members and Village staff.
  • Continue to create efficiencies by means of inter-municipal partnering (e.g., group-purchase agreements) with our neighboring villages. 
  • Address spatial constraints at the Irvington Fire House.

Quality-of-Life Enhancement
  • Continue engineering projects to solve flooding problems in various areas of the Village.
  • Research and implement appropriate “smart growth” policies to maintain and improve the look and feel of the Village. 
  • Continue to enhance ‘walkability’ of village neighborhoods, continuing to pursue the implementation of ‘Complete Streets’ wherever possible.
  • Continue efforts focused on improving traffic and pedestrian safety through education and enforcement.
  • Review and enhance Village emergency preparedness, including plans for “fallback” communications mechanisms for outreach and information/status sharing. Promulgate essence of such plans to all residents and create neighborhood-level network of residents to share information and report status/needs.
  • Study rush-hour congestion and traffic flow along Main Street and adjacent access corridors.
  • Address other quality-of-life issues such as noise.
  • Continue to inform and encourage increased volunteerism in committees, boards and working groups, ensuring that all of our volunteers serve in an environment of inclusiveness and acceptance.
  • Restructure the outdated parking regulations in the downtown area and create a user-friendly document showing the new regulations.  
  • Complete a comprehensive review and restructuring of all parking regulations in the downtown area and provide improved communication of the new regulations.
  • Provide greater support for the arts through a physical improvement such as the creation of a Main Street Cultural Arts Center consistent with the Main Street Streetscape Plan and through recognitions established by the Board of Trustees.
  • Pursue connection to the County’s RiverWalk and explore enhanced public access to the waterfront.

Advancement of Affordable Housing
  • Ensure Irvington remains a diverse and vibrant community with a wide-ranging demographic of residents.  
  • Enact an accessory apartment law as recommended by the Housing Committee.  Use other zoning techniques that encourage affordable housing for young adults, empty-nesters, seniors and other moderate-income individuals and families.

Improvement of the Downtown Economy
  • Continue to enhance and preserve Main Street’s historic character while expanding its economic vitality.
  • Review the recommendations from the Historic District Committee and its consultant. Pursue appropriate, specific legislation and preservation guidelines that enhance the historic character of the new Irvington Historic District while respecting individual property rights. Implement a public education effort on tax and business advantages available to the District and seek grant opportunities for its development.
  • Undertake a phased, fiscally prudent implementation of recommendations contained within the Main Street Streetscape Design report, including the Aqueduct Crossing project and extended crosswalks. 
  • Complete necessary repair and restoration work on the Irvington Town Hall and Recreation Center buildings.
  • Expand the use of the newly renovated Tiffany Reading Room, including the launch of the “Tiffany Trail”.
  • Develop plans and budget for air-conditioning to allow expanded use of Town Hall Theater during the summer.
  • Work closely with the Rivertowns Tourism Board, Historic Hudson River Towns and our neighboring villages to develop programs that will bring more visitors to Historic Irvington, including the use of smartphone apps and shared events calendars to enhance the experience of visitors.
  • Pursue the relocation of the Department of Public Works facility as a key to redevelopment of the area.

  • Review, update, prioritize and track status of Village’s Environmental Action Plan on a continuing basis.
  • Focus efforts to educate consumers on the importance of water conservation and how to properly handle storm water flows.
  • Review Village operations, budgets, purchases, etc. to ensure conformance with sustainability goals.
  • Create a part-time position for a Village sustainability coordinator to help perform reviews and create and promote a comprehensive environmental program.
  • Encourage village residents to become more energy efficient by supporting the use of green technologies and renewable energy systems, including streamlining any required Village approval processes. 
  • Begin to develop and implement a modern ‘green’ building code.  
  • Support inter-municipal and regional sustainability and climate-change planning efforts.
  • Improve public outreach and education on topics of sustainability.