Policy Summary

Sets standards for agriculture uses in the Walkway-Gateway District (which are a special use in some subdistricts and not allowed in others; except that rooftop gardens are a permitted use in all subdistricts). Agriculture uses include: keeping of bees (up to 5 hives) (registration is required); community gardens for personal use, donation to charity, or community beautification, although sales of surplus produce are also allowed; composting of plant material; indoor farming (hydroponics, aquaculture, aquaponids): season extension structures (greenhouses, hoophouses) and other structures (sheds, farmstands); temporary or permanent structures for farmers' markets; and use of best management practices, such as the EPA's "Brownfields and Urban Agriculture: Interim Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices," is encouraged.

Background Information

State New York
Jurisdiction Name Poughkeepsie
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Limited scope
Applies to the City's "Walkway Gateway District" only.
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Refers to this objective: "Provide an interconnected network of streets, bicycle routes, and bicycle lanes to disperse traffic so that the City's vehicular system will be easy to navigate for both bicyclists and drivers." (§ 19-3.25(1)(c))

Environmental goal?

Refers to: "Incorporate green infrastructure and green development practices for storm water management and renewable energy into the development review process." (§ 19-3.25(1)(f)).

Economic goal?

Refers to: "Strengthen the economic base of the City," (§ 19-3.25(1)(e)).

Includes findings?

"The area encompassed by the W-G District, most of which developed around the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge in the 19th Century, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year ... and serves as a gateway for both residents and visitors." (§ 19-3.25(1)).

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The area encompassed by the W-G District, most of which developed around the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge in the 19th Century, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and serves as a gateway for both residents and visitors. The purpose of the Walkway-Gateway (W-G) District is to revitalize this mixed industrial and residential area of the City so that it becomes a vibrant and attractive walkable mixed-use neighborhood where people will want to live, shop and invest. An additional purpose ... is to encourage visitors ... to visit surrounding areas,... to help revitalize the neighborhood." (§ 19-3.25(1)). Additional intents of the District include: "Provide for the safety and comfort of pedestrians through an interconnected network of sidewalks and trails so that work, shopping, schools, and recreation will be within walking distance of each other, allowing independence to those who do not drive....Strengthen the economic base of the City by ... encouraging the use of open and vacant lands for community gardens ...." (§ 19-3.25(1)(c) and (e)).

Includes definitions?


Addresses implementation?

"The Zoning Administrator shall maintain files of all applications for building permits and change of use permits, together with all plans submitted therewith and for certificates of occupancy and records of all such permits and certificates issued by him." §19-7.1. See generally, Chapter 19, Art. VII.

Enforcement provisions?

Violations may be addressed through fines, civil penalties, and other measures. See §19-7.8.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Part II, Administrative Code; Chapter 19 (Zoning and Land Use Regulations); Article III (District Regulations and Map), Section 19-3.25 (Walkway-Gateway District). History: L.L. No. 2-2013, 10-7-2013, § 1.


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