Sustainable Saratoga supports development policies that reduce environmental impacts and make our community more livable for everyone.
Our Housing and Urban Planning Committee is committed to promoting sustainable growth. The guiding principles that drive our advocacy are summarized in the document at right. They include:
- Protect the Greenbelt, the area surrounding the core of the city that currently retains a rural, low-density character
- Guide new development into existing developed areas of the city
- Reduce climate impacts of development in the city, and adapt to changing conditions
- Support a diverse and resilient local economy
- Implement mixed uses where possible in new buildings and within neighborhoods
- Promote compact design
- Provide ample and diverse housing
- Support a viable multi-modal transportation system
- Engage the public with transparency and inclusivity
To read the full-length version of our “Smart Land Use” principles, click here.
Recent Advocacy Efforts
Our Housing and Urban Planning committee has been busy this year. Sustainable Saratoga continues to keep informed and advocate for our sustainability goals.
Support for Managed Parking
Sustainable Saratoga applauds the City Council’s effort to initiate a managed parking system for downtown Saratoga Springs. A well-integrated parking and transportation system is critical for the long-term sustainability of the downtown area. We sent a letter to the City Council, applauding their efforts to tackle the complicated and controversial parking issues in the City. Click the link to see our Reader’s View piece in the Saratogian.
Bike Lanes on Lake Avenue
Sustainable Saratoga has been a vocal supporter of the implementation of the City’s Complete Streets Policy and has long advocated for initiatives that work towards improving the safety and accessibility of a cleaner, greener transportation system. We penned a joint Readers’ View with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, and we wrote a subsequent letter to City Council, in support of installing bike lanes on Lake Ave. Read on…
Charter Review Commission
Sustainable Saratoga has always held the strong belief that our city government should be focused on sustainability issues. We welcome the City’s efforts to update their Charter and recently advocated that the revised City Charter should not only mention sustainability, but also clearly indicate who in City Hall has the responsibility for tackling sustainability issues. Read more here.
Waterworks Plant Pocket Park
We have been promoting the idea of a small passive neighborhood park on the front lawn of the Excelsior Avenue City Waterworks Plant to serve the residents and workers in that rapidly developing area. We sent a letter advocating the establishment of the park to the City Council, and recently had a letter to the editor published in the Saratogian. Read more about our efforts here.
We continue to advocate for more affordable housing in Saratoga Springs. Here is an update on the Spa Housing Ordinance that we released in October 2017.