This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

As part of the implementation of the City of Port Jervis’ 2009 Delaware River Waterfront Revitalization Plan, the City is updating its Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Law and other land use regulations. While ideally a Comprehensive Plan should be updated every 5-10 years, the City’s was last updated in the 1970’s. The Comprehensive Plan guides the details of the Zoning Law and land use regulations. These components define development types and neighborhood characteristics. Ultimately, this process will modernize and streamline planning and zoning procedures, improve the quality of life in the City, support tourism, maximize commercial and industrial opportunities, while at the same time protecting the City’s heritage, environment and natural resources.

To develop the Comprehensive Plan, the Port Jervis community is being invited to to review and comment on its current situation and offer its vision for the future of the City. The plan will include recommendations for achieving this vision of the future. As part of this process we will look at previous plans and projects, collect data and information about local and regional trends, and seek input from the public. Your input will help us to be sure that the plan reflects the community’s desires and that the plan’s recommendations are carried out in the coming years.

Zoning is one important tool that communities have for shaping future growth consistent with the vision contained in the Comprehensive Plan. The City of Port Jervis will update its Zoning Law as needed when the Comprehensive Plan is finished. To take effect, the Common Council must approve the plan and the zoning changes.

To learn more about the project team, comprehensive planning and the relationship of zoning to the Comprehensive Plan, and a description of how the Port Jervis Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code Update will be developed, view the presentation from the first Issues Identification Workshop held on July 27th, 2017.