What We Do

The Urban Action Agenda—A Regional Plan for Urban Centers

What is the Urban Action Agenda (UAA)? – The Urban Action Agenda is a multi-year regional planning process for Hudson Valley urban centers. The UAA supports the capacity for communities to plan using these guiding principles: preserving green and open space, avoiding urban sprawl, and attracting and retaining population through informed urban growth practices.

WHERE WE PLAN

The UAA planning process works with 25 initial urban centers across the 9 county region to strengthen their urban fabric, reduce sprawl, and preserve the green space that is one of the region’s strongest qualities. View a map of the 25 UAA communities.

HOW WE PLAN

The region as a whole is made from the local fabric of our communities. The UAA analyzes the region, from local perspectives, up to a fuller picture of the region. Urban centers include cities, villages and other areas where social, cultural, civic and economic activity, exhibit the qualities of urban areas.

WHAT WE PLAN

We are stronger in numbers. The UAA will seek to strengthen the local planning initiatives across the region by addressing core Topic Areas of the plan. Read more about the UAA Topic Areas.

CURRENT STEPS

The UAA is now well into its 2nd planning phase which will map, catalog and analyze local planning initiatives, goals and projects across 25 UAA urban centers. As we undertake site visits to each community, this stage will identify planning themes and legislative agendas in the Hudson Valley region that the UAA can support long term with capacity, technical skills and coordination.

FUTURE STEPS

Our next phase will be a public engagement campaign, culminating in a set of recommendations and actionable steps for the region. A working group structure of regional organizations, UAA community planners, and elected officials will convene to envision the public engagement phase.

PAST STEPS

Phase One of the the UAA planning process began with measuring and analyzing existing conditions of communities, and resulted in Community Profile resources for each UAA urban center.

UAA COMMUNITY PROFILES

Urban centers are defined as cities, villages and areas where population, social, cultural, civic and economic activity exhibit the qualities of urban areas. These profiles were created as planning resources for urban centers.

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