1969 Plan's Expected Growth Failed to Occur
The 1969 plan
describes Hurley as a community going through ‘suburbanization.’ Hurley’s
explosive growth in that decade stemmed from the arrival of IBM
and the expansion of other manufacturing facilities. Most of
are now gone or relocated.
the Town of Hurley is clearly a bedroom community with a smattering
of second or part-time homes. Most people
commute to work within
the region; some to NY City or Albany. Few commercial or industrial
enterprises exist here.
Towns depend on business to strengthen the tax base and spread
the cost of community services. The citizens of Hurley consistently
adding commercial or industrial districts but are anxious
to maintain a low tax rate.
Hurley Residents Are Glad It Didn't
our 2003 survey 60
% of the respondents indicated
a desire to limit future development. In the
public forums, most indicated that they were content
shopping. Kingston, Ulster, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and
Albany – Hurley
residents would rather travel than compromise the rural
feeling that still exists in much of our community today.
intent of the current zoning is to ensure that future business
development is in keeping with the character
of the neighborhood.
It allows for a variety of business uses in a very few
those 1969 Choices
excerpt from the 1969
plan (pdf) describes choices and recommendations
that seem even more relevant today than in the intervening
years since IBM closed. In our surveys, however, today’s Hurley
residents show little interest in most of them. (Emphasis added
continue its present trend of suburbanization and increasing
for employment outside of
Town or it can attempt to attract industry into the Town. Hurley
is relatively close to the NY State Thruway interchange and has
several major state routes within the Town. Also several areas
of the Town which are relatively flat and near these state routes
are still vacant. These factors of available suitable land plus
the proximity to major transportation arteries are critical for
industrial development. An industrial district can be designed
in such a manner so that traffic will not have to traverse a
residential area. In addition. performance standards, site plan
review and buffers can make industrial uses compatible in the
As the Town continues to grow, its residents
will require additional services such as schools, recreation
and fire protection.
provision of these services will result in increased costs to
Industrial development within the Town will not only broaden
job opportunities but will also broaden the tax base to help
pay for the increased services and facilities required by a growing
A similar beneficial effect on rateables
and employment will occur from increased business activity
within the Town. Increased business
activity will benefit local residents by providing more shopping
It is recommended that the Town
as a matter of policy provide sites in the Town for industrial
development. This can be accomplished
through zoning specifically for industrial uses or through the
floating industrial district concept. This latter means of making
land available for industrial development is particularly advantageous
to a Town which has abundant vacant land such as Hurley. The
floating industrial district as part of a zoning ordinance will
allow land to be used for industrial purposes only after review
of a proposal by the Planning Board and Town Board. In this
manner planning consideration including landscaping, buffer and
off-street parking as well as consideration of the suitability
of the particular site for industrial use can be reviewed before
the industrial district is established.
Interest in Industry in Hurley, But No Interest in Increased
feedback clearly indicated that today the Town is content as
a bedroom community.
Other than the limited business opportunities
noted, there is little interest in economic development. Thus
far, the increased tax that accompanies bedroom communities has
held in check. That may not be possible in the future.
future growth is the result of planned residential development
or in-fill building on lots scattered throughout town, the need
for additional services
will continue to grow. Someday our fire departments may need paid staff to supplement
or replace the volunteers. The roads, libraries, schools and recreation areas
need maintenance and expansion.
conflict between the demand for no economic growth and minimizing
tax increases will continue to grow.
Make Good Use of the Sites We Have
resistance to business development outside the currently zoned
areas has prompted us to look at how the
current business districts can be better used. The recommendations
related to the Route
28 overlay district and light
industrial zones stem from those discussions.
have also looked at the changing nature of employment in our
and home businesses are
on the rise. Small business development is flourishing. We support
and encourage this development as long as it
interfere with neighbors.
Tourism is a mainstay for the region, but, as a Town, we have done little
in the past
to support it. We have included a
to welcome visitors and support those who build businesses
serving them. Bed and Breakfasts, antique shops, crafts
people and artists,
restaurateurs and farmers markets will benefit from marketing
the town’s history and beauty. Minor zoning changes
will support them.
include the following table to establish a context for current
and future discussions.
interesting to note that despite the rural character of the
town, only 1.6% of the population works in agriculture,
forestry, fishing, hunting and mining. This is actually
an increase from 1969 when .8% were employed in this category.
|Comparative Economic Data
and # in labor force (1969 based on population over 14;
1990 & 2000 over 16)
|Mean Travel Time
at home (*walked to work included in 1990)
|Management, Professional & Related Occupations
and Office Occupations
forestry, fishing, hunting and mining
|Educational, Health, and Social Services
|Professional, scientific, management, administrative
|Median Family Income
|Per Capita Income
1990 & 2000 US Census; 1969 Comprehensive Plan
**Highest Median Income in Ulster County