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Sustainability in planning part of ReZone

March 19, 2015

by Alexander Horton

The ReZone Albany inititative – a plan to improve development and redevelopment in the city was reviewed at a meeting of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association Thursday night.

Christopher Spencer from ReZone Albany/Alex Horton

Christopher Spencer from ReZone Albany/Alex Horton

City Planner Christopher Spencer described the project and talked about its goals.

ReZone Albany will coincide with the Albany 2030 plan, which was adopted in April 2012. ReZone is designed to encourage and  integrate sustainable development practices into the city’s permitting and review process.

“Albany is a city of neighborhoods and is the root of most people’s livelihoods,” said Spencer. “We are trying to re-knit the fabric where it is worn thin.”

Virginia Hammer, president of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, encouraged the members that the best way for them to stay informed and involved is to logon to http://www.rezonealbany.com and sign up to recceive updates on how the progress of the initiative.

Christopher Spencer from ReZone Albany/Alex Horton

Christopher Spencer from ReZone Albany/Alex Horton

Those at the meeting also heard from Malcolm Thorpe from the Albany County District Attorney’s office. Thorpe spoke to those attending the meeting concerning the Albany Community Accountability Board. The Community Accountability Board is an alternative to traditional criminal justice responses and focuses on repairing damage to victims and the community.

“It also gives the offender a chance to rebuild,” said Thorpe. He encouraged those at the meeting to sign up and become part of the board and to attend orientation which will take place at the Community Justice Outreach Center on April 11 at 10 a.m.

The meeting concluded with committee reports on  activities  in the Pine Hills neighborhood. Dan Healy reported on  the Clean Up Albany project that will take place on April 18 throughout the Pine Hills neighborhood.

Hammer also reported that there would be a neighborhood yard sale that will allow college students to sell items they would otherwise dispose of. The yard sale will take place on Saturday May 9th. The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association also has received a grant of $50,000 to help finish the renovations taking place at the Steamer 10 Theater. A “finish the castle fundraiser” is planned for May 31 at The Point to raise money for the theater. About 25 people attended this months meeting and the next meeting for the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association will take place on Thursday April 16.-30-

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