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"Our community has a unique character and heritage, diverse neighborhoods and vibrant city center that appeals to people of all ages, incomes, and abilities. We have an unmatched waterfront, parks, public and open spaces and through thoughtful investment in infrastructure and quality of life in all parts of the City we will continue to expand our vibrant and healthy community."

RECODE Troy: Zoning a Livable City

The City of Troy has engaged a team led by River Street Planning & Development to review, rewrite and update Troy's zoning/land management code, under a NYS DOS grant from the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Troy's current zoning ordinance dates to the 1980s and needs to be in conformance with the City's new Realize Troy Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2018. The Troy Redevelopment Foundation is a partner in funding this project.


RECODE Troy: Zoning a Livable City will involve assessing the City's overall economic health, existing built form and function, and natural environment. Streamlined and straightforward regulations will be developed to express local vision and goals and stimulate high-quality investment. Troy's new code will be streamlined, cohesive, equitable, and easier to understand and administer.

CITY OF TROY I Mayor Patrick Madden

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Read Mayor Madden's Update on "Recode Troy" Zoning Process.

Key City of Troy staff on the Recode Troy project: 

Steven Strichman

Commissioner of Planning & Economic Development




Team members who crafted the Zoning update are leaders in their fields who use creative approaches. River Street Planning & Development led the planning and engagement process and were the primary code authors. Shulman, Howard, and McPherson provided legal guidance. PLACE Alliance contributed to design guidelines. James Woidt helped craft the waterfront overlay and climate change adaptation strategies. Team members have authored or contributed to over 40 ordinances. A ten member Steering Committee provided additional guidance for the project.

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Monica Ryan, Project Lead 




River Street focuses on consensus and capacity building, planning and land use, community and economic development and resilience. They serve a diverse group of clients in the northeastern United States. With 17 traditional and hybrid codes to their credit, they can help the City build the best system to protect and enhance community form, transit, affordable housing, service efficiencies, stable neighborhoods, and greater resilience. 


Lawrence Howard, Legal Lead


Lawrence Howard is a municipal/land use attorney at Shulman, Howard, and McPherson and a Senior Lecturer at RPI who has helped draft 17 codes including ordinances in Utica, Wappingers Falls and Schodack that include form-based elements. He is also a specialist in SEQR compliance. Lawrence will help train City staff and Boards to administer the new regulations. 

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Marc Newman, Lead Designer



PLACE Alliance has developed, evaluated and calibrated traditional, form-based and hybrid codes across a variety of communities and cities around the world. Their designers have been actively involved in developing the national Smart Code, the Lexicon of New Urbanism, and Pattern Books across different intensities, densities, and architectural styles. Their diagnostic work uses building typologies to anchor land use and guide site design. 

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