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In this RFP, Groundwork Hudson Valley, a highly regarded local and regional nonprofit, seeks to hire an environmental planning and design firm to work with us, our partners, and the local community on assessing the potential connection of the Yonkers Greenway into and through the Northwest corner of Van Cortlandt Park. Groundwork was established twenty years ago to work at the intersection of environmental restoration and equitable development and is based in downtown Yonkers. It has the working mission of Changing Places, Changing Lives. Since 2012, the organization has championed the development of the Yonkers Greenway in partnership with the City of Yonkers, New York State Parks, and hundreds of neighborhood residents along its route. The Greenway follows the abandoned path of the Yonkers Branch of the Putnam Railroad that stopped running over 70 years ago. The project’s long-term goal is to connect the Hudson River waterfront in downtown Yonkers to Van Cortlandt Park and New York City via a multiple-use path. The new trail will incorporate playgrounds, urban habitats, public art, interpretive signs and opportunities to walk, run, and bike. In Yonkers, the path of the former rail line traverses some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the region, including communities with significant public health issues that greatly need better and more accessible green spaces. Now, as the Greenway moves forward in Yonkers, support is sought from planning firms to help us examine one of the project’s most challenging locations: the connection between Westchester County and New York City. This so called “Gateway” site has yet to be planned but is essential to the overall success of the project and its continuity. The Gateway site must be considered with great care and thoughtfulness as it is currently used and loved by a host of existing groups, including naturalists, horseback riders, hikers, cross-country runners and more. Thus, in exploring ideas for the Gateway, the team must maintain the integrity of existing uses as it examines how to address safety, graffiti and trash issues at the site, how to manage the flow of Greenway users through this section on both sides of the border, how best to implement a non-paved solution on the Van Cortlandt side, and how to promote urban habitat, environmental education, and public health in the final design.
The Town of Ossining, New York is located in Westchester County and is comprised of the Village of Ossining, a majority of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, and an unincorporated area. The entire town is 11.5 square miles including waterfront property in area with a population of 38,257 people, according to the 2017 American Community Survey. The Unincorporated Town of Ossining is approximately 3.1 square miles with a population of 5,007. The Town of Ossining adopted its latest comprehensive plan in 2002, with updates in 2015 and only includes the unincorporated area of the Town. The updates in 2015 primarily addressed the “Vision Plan” section without updates to the base information. Recommendations made in the 2015 update were implemented in recent years, specifically, regarding updates to the Town’s environmental codes and zoning codes. Although some recommendations from the 2002 Comprehensive Plan remain somewhat relevant today, the Town Board recognizes the need to collect updated base information and revisit the recommendations to remain current with the trends in the Town of Ossining today. The Town of Ossining will submit for Climate Smart Communities Certification under the following Pledge Element 6 actions: Comprehensive Plan with Sustainability Elements and Planning and Infrastructure for Bicycling and Walking. The Town of Ossining is working with Pace University Land Use Law Center and Westchester County on this project. This project has been funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, under contract #C00774 “Town of Ossining Climate Smart Communities Certification.”
PROPOSAL ARE DUE ON JUNE 12, 2020 by 4:00PM (ET).
PRE-BID/ PROPOSAL CONFERENCE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 10:00 AM (ET) MANDATORY: No
LOCATION: Department of Administration (Powers Building), One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI – 2nd Floor, Conference Room “A”. Following conference there will be a site visit of the project location (85 Parade St., Providence RI) 3/17/2020 @ 1:00 PM (ET). For vendors convenience a second project site visit will be held Monday, 3/24/2020 @ 10:00 AM. Interested parties please report directly to 85 Parade St. Providence, RI. Questions concerning this solicitation must be received by the Division of Purchases at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 15, 2020 @ 11:00AM (ET).
The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is soliciting responses from qualified and experienced firms or teams (hereto referred to as consultants) that have successfully performed services relevant to tasks outlined in the attached Scope of Services (Schedule A). The intent of this RFQ is to solicit sealed responses for on-call assistance for Norwalk Redevelopment Agency projects in the areas of site planning, design and engineering. Consultants selected through this RFQ process will qualify to be retained on an on-call basis by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.
Introduction: The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is soliciting responses from qualified and experienced firms or teams (hereto referred to as consultants) that have successfully performed services relevant to tasks outlined in the attached Scope of Services (Schedule A). The intent of this RFQ is to solicit sealed responses for on-call assistance for Norwalk Redevelopment Agency projects in the area of public-private partnerships, real estate development, and financial analysis. Consultants selected through this RFQ process will qualify to be retained on an on-call basis by the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency.
This RFP is an opportunity for the Bethlehem community to obtain expert assistance in an effort to determine the vision for the future of Bethlehem and to address changes affecting the Town in a coordinated and integrated way. The Town views the planning process itself as critical to the success of the plan update project and the implementation of its recommendations. The Plan Update must provide guidance to the Town on how to appropriately address and guide new development and redevelopment within the community in an environmentally sustainable manner while also meeting the service demands that come with community growth.
The purpose of the “Hudson County Ferry Service Expansion Assessment” will be to examine whether an opportunity exists to expand existing ferry service or to create new ferry service within Hudson County. The study will explore market feasibility for intra-county, inter-county, and inter-state ferry service to serve a few general areas of Hudson County: Hoboken, Kearny Point, the Bayfront Redevelopment Area of Jersey City, Bayonne’s Hackensack River waterfront, south Harrison, and West New York.
First, the study will outline existing ferry and transit routes and review recent studies on the expansion of ferry service. Outreach and coordination with transit agencies and other regional organizations will promote collaboration in the assessment of potential expansion of ferry service and connections with other transit systems. Additionally, a literature and data review and outreach to national ferry operators will be conducted, to result in case studies of existing ferry systems with comparable attributes to Hudson County. The study will then evaluate the potential demand for new and expanded service which would augment existing transit service. This will include an analysis of potential ridership, identification of origins and destinations, and the demand for service and potential routes to and from the preferred locations. The study process will engage the public and develop an understanding of interest in potential ferry service options. Lastly, a market assessment will be conducted, with an analysis of potential fares and revenues through an elasticity of demand analysis.
As an essential component of the study process, throughout the course of the project, attention will be given to environmental justice concerns, including ensuring access to participation in the study process, evaluation of potential recommendations for disproportionate and adverse impacts in siting of facilities or other impacts, and ensuring access to destinations and affordability of service.
We anticipate this study will answer several key questions, among others, and provide clear guidance on the following issues:
1. Are all the areas that currently are zoned “industrial”, appropriate for “industrial” uses? Should some of these areas be rezoned for other uses, more appropriate for the neighborhood?
2. What are other communities in the northeast doing to attract the new tech and green manufacturing companies?
3. What factors might deter future “industrial” growth in Norwalk?
4. What are peer communities that are similar to Norwalk geographically, by population and possibly by diversity, doing to attract commercial and manufacturing companies? Are there marketing channels the city could pursue to facilitate this?
5. What is the market demand and market trends based on economic agglomeration, considering Norwalk’s existing tenancy and future tenancy based on the strengths and draws to the City?
6. How do we take advantage of Norwalk’s harbor to increase commercial activity, while ensuring this City asset is something that can be utilized and enjoyed by all Norwalk residents?
7. Similarly, are there commercial maritime opportunities that the city is not pursuing that are appropriate for Norwalk?
8. How do we foster craft industry growth in the City and ensure that thriving business expand and remain in Norwalk?
9. Are there existing permitted uses in the various “industrial” districts that are not compatible with the desired commercial uses?
10. What are the infrastructure (roadways, sanitation, energy, etc.) constraints or limitations that may be preventing the desired commercial expansion?
11. For “industrial” areas that abut residential zones, what additional mitigation measures or strategies should the City consider to reduce conflicts between the commercial and residential properties?
12. Are there sustainable development initiatives, from an economic development standpoint, that can be leveraged to increase the attractiveness of areas under consideration in this study?
The Land Use (formerly Planning) division at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking a consultant or consultant team to perform on call land use, environmental assessment and traffic engineering consultant services for various City-owned properties located within the five boroughs.
The following presents a minimum scope of work to be met by the consultant in updating the Village of Ossining’s Comprehensive Plan. The consultant is encouraged to propose additional items if they believe those items are necessary to develop a high quality Comprehensive Plan. At a minimum the update must focus on ensuring greater predictability in the planning and development process through:
• analysis of emerging land use trends;
• suitability of existing land use and zoning regulations;
• building upon housing and downtown development studies completed since the 2009 Comprehensive Plan;
• Analysis of historical and current policies that have led to social and economic disparities that effect different races and ethnicities.
• An analysis of census/census tract data and racial and ethnic diversity as a driving demographic in Ossining over the years.
• addressing non-conforming lots and non-conforming land uses within each zoning district;
• evaluating development potential of Village-owned land and facilities;
• rectifying inconsistencies among current local ordinances, especially the Zoning and Subdivision chapters, with the objectives or the realities of the Village’s current land use;
• allowing for existing parking, parking management and future needs;
• capabilities of Village infrastructure to meet the future needs of the Village; and costs, revenue streams and the financial capacities to meet the stated goals, to clearly identify the financial implications of the proposed vision to ensure that it does not conflict with the Village’s financial policies and capacity;
• identification of issues critical to future planning and development that may require further study for specific strategic initiatives and action plans, including but not limited to:
• Impact on Ossining Union Free School district (an overcrowded district) based on existing conditions, needs and projections
• Inclusive economic development
• Transportation, parking and mobility
The strategies should focus on:
• Ensuring a mix of housing types and affordability;
• Redevelopment of the business and waterfront districts, including existing large land parcels and Village owned land.
• Optimizing traffic flows and transportation options and identifying parking solutions;
• Stimulating the local economy
• Promoting public health and wellbeing, particularly for people of color especially those who are low income, including economic opportunity, access to transportation, housing options, health and safety.
The consultant will potentially provide the following:
• evaluation of base study information, data inventory and analysis related to the Village of Ossining using current Geographical Information System information (The Village will utilize Westchester County Planning Department resources to access base maps, demographic and GIS information);
• additional detailed studies that may include but not limited to zoning analysis, economic development, school impact mitigation and transportation and parking studies.
• objectives for each of the subtopic areas that would include regulatory and non-regulatory techniques;
• implementation strategies to achieve the objectives; and
• public workshops and meetings with the Comprehensive Plan Committee including outreach to Spanish-speaking populations. (minimum of 6 workshops and meetings which may be held during evenings and/or on weekends, including Sunday’s);
• A description of how the new comp plan will work with existing plans and how they complement each other to ensure consistency of planning.
The document must provide sustainable development and/or redevelopment, and historic and environmental preservation and conservation strategies that take into consideration future land use patterns and needs. Economic, social, and environmental impacts should be addressed as well. The plan needs to be action oriented and contain clearly defined implementation strategies.
The consultant shall:
1. Prepare a Comprehensive Plan, including, but not limited to:
• an executive summary;
• statement of the goals and objectives of the plan;
• discussion and summary of data collected and analyzed for each of the subtopic areas;
• summary of the public participation program, and;
• recommendations with implementation strategies for each of the subtopic areas; and,
• identification of projects that should be pursued to implement the goals of the plan and outline public or private programs that may be utilized to support and fund those projects.
2. Prepare Village Code updates that will potentially include form-based code and overlay districts as well as other ways to ensure that development supports the Village’s goals and objectives.
3. Depending on the proposed planning and zoning, guide Village through the environmental review process for each as required by the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act and prepare any necessary documentation if a generic EIS is determined to provide substantial benefit.
4. The comp plan update must be written to flow directly into the zoning update process.
The Village will work with Westchester County Planning Department to access documentation and maps in a web-based format to be viewed on the Village website and digital format suitable for printing. Any GIS data layers used for the analysis or preparation of the Comprehensive Plan shall be provided to the Village Department of Planning.