​Albany Needs More People

​Albany Needs More People

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Albany needs more people

We are residents of the City of Albany who support building new apartments in neighborhoods throughout our city. Apartments are in high demand and in order to remain competitive, Albany cannot afford to sit out out this growth opportunity.  We believe a moratorium on new development in any neighborhood would be extremely detrimental to our entire city, and we call on the Common Council to make decision based on facts, and not be guided by fear of change.


We urge you to consider the below:

  • Young adults and families want to live in cities and so do seniors. People of all ages and abilities want the amenities, walkability and the proximity to public transportation, shopping and services that cities provide.
  • Apartments are in high demand. Over the last decade this region, like much of the nation, has seen significant growth in the construction of apartments because there is such high demand. Albany has been outpaced for apartment growth. While the demand is increasing, we lack adequate supply.
  • Albany needs more people. Increased property development and growth will mean an increased tax base -- which will help lessen the burden of paying for city services on our current homeowners.  A larger population will contribute to our local economy and help the small businesses that we want to see thriving.
  • We have the infrastructure to support significantly more people. Our city’s population was nearly 135,000 in the 1950 Census. If we could handle more people then, we can certainly handle it now.  Albany's progressive stormwater code requires developers to adequately abate stormwater discharges from sites. The City's stormwater requirements (USDO, page 79) mandate features to detain or infiltrate stormwater to protect system capacity, reduce the likelihood of local flooding and abate Combined Sewer Overflows into the Hudson.
  • Concerned about traffic and congestion? Building apartments within a brief walk or bus ride to jobs helps. Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and the Capital District - more than twice as much as commercial and residential land uses. Much of this is from single occupancy vehicle travel. According to a greenhouse gas emissions inventory performed by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), the City of Albany has one of the lowest carbon footprints, which can be credited to its dense, walkable, and transit-oriented development pattern in much of the city. Continuing this development pattern is essential for creating a sustainable Albany. Traffic and congestion are caused by single occupancy vehicles traveling into the city where they access cheap (if not free) parking. New development IN Albany attracts new residents and reduces the need to commute. A recent redevelopment in Troy has demonstrated that if developers provide amenities like secure bike parking and access to a car share vehicle, they do not need to provide as much parking because more tenants are choosing to forego private car ownership in exchange for living in a vibrant neighborhood with transportation options. New options like Capital CarShare, CDPHP Cycle!, and expanded transit service by CDTA make the City of Albany the perfect location for new residential development. Albany is a walking city, with nearly 10% of commutes to work made on foot and almost 20% on the bus, according to the Census.
  • A moratorium on building apartments would also mean a halt to new, quality affordable apartments. We need more affordable apartments for seniors, families and individuals in Albany -- slamming the brakes on building is not the answer. The Times Union recently published this story about the quest for seniors in Colonie seeking accessible, affordable housing.
  • The Zoning Map makes sense. All apartment projects on the Planning Board agenda, and those that have been approved by the Planning Board since adoption of the Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO) follow the Zoning Map adopted with the USDO. The zoning map for each ward does not interfere with residentially zoned districts and supports the goals of Albany 2030, our city’s comprehensive plan.

Support the goals of Albany 2030. Don’t turn back the clock. Albany cannot afford it.

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