- Change will happen, so shape it however you can.
- Ulster County will grow by 40,000 - 80,000 by 2030. Hurley will probably absorb about 1800 of that growth.
- In 1998 a household at 100% of the median income in Ulster County could afford 63.5% of the homes on the market. In 2004, that dropped to only 28.2% of the homes. (The median income in Hurley in the 2000 census was $51,055)
- Local communities have more control over how that growth occurs than any other level of government, if you use the tools available
- The more specific (he used the term precise) a comprehensive plan is, the more useful in controlling or shaping that growth. And, the more controversial.
- Think long term but focus action steps on the immediate
- Hurley, by state mandate, must accommodate a fair share of below market housing. We need to establish a way to do that. We can determine how and who gets priority.
- Design standards are a useful way to ensure the on-going 'character of the community.'
Those were some of the things I took away from the presentation. How about you?