Streetscape Standards

Zoning Code and Charter


Section 263-5 of the City Code dictates the construction and repair of sidewalks and curbs as follows:

  • Whenever the City Council and/or the Code Compliance Supervisor shall direct the owner of real property in the City to lay or repair a sidewalk or set a curb in the public street upon which the property fronts, they may specify the material to be used, the dimensions desired and the time within which such work shall be completed. If the work is not done within the time so fixed or in the manner specified, the provisions of Chapter 226, Performance of Work by City, shall apply.
  • Repairs, alterations and resurfacing to existing sidewalks and curbs must be made in compliance with the specifications prepared by the City Engineer for construction of curbs and sidewalks.
  • All sidewalks and curb installation or replacement must be in compliance with the specifications prepared by the City Engineer and approved by the City Council of the City of Newburgh. [1]
  • Before any installation or replacement of sidewalks or curbs are made, necessary permits must be obtained from the City by the property owner and/or his agent.
  • No material other than that outlined in sidewalks and curb specifications prepared by the City Engineer and approved by the City Council will be allowed.
  • All bluestone and flagstone slabs removed from existing streets and sidewalks at City expense shall become the property of the City and shall be delivered to a site to be specified by the Superintendent of Public Works. All such materials shall be preserved by the Superintendent of Public Works for reuse or resale at current market value for installation on sidewalks within the City.

[1] Editor's Note: Specifications for sidewalks and curbs are on file in the offices of the City Engineer and Superintendent of Public Works.

Section C9.30 of the City Charter dictates the responsibility of the owner/occupant to repair and maintain sidewalks.

  • It shall be the duty of the owner or occupant of property abutting a street, highway, travelled road, public lane, alley or space to maintain and repair the sidewalk adjoining his land and keep such sidewalk and the gutter free and clear of snow and ice and other obstructions. Such owner or occupant shall and each of them shall be liable for any injury or damage by reason of commission, failure or negligence to make, maintain or repair such sidewalk.

The City of Newburgh has taken the opportunity to update its sidewalk standards in order to implement aspects of Complete Streets and Green Infrastructure in accordance with the Long Term Control Plan. The standards were developed for a specific project; a section of Liberty Street between Broadway and Ann Street. During the development of the new streetscape standards, the entire City was considered, and material alternatives were chosen to aesthetically unify the City.

The following narrative shall be used to determine when aspects of the streetscape standards are required depending upon the project type, size, and location. The City Engineer shall have the discretion to determine when certain aspects of the standards shall be implemented and/or waived.

Projects that affect a substantial portion of a City street, or that involve multiple contiguous properties, shall be required to implement the full spectrum of the City of Newburgh Streetscape Standards. This includes, but is not limited to curb replacement, sidewalk replacement, street trees, and bioswales, (Refer to R.O.W. Bioswale details, R.O.W. Bioswale Sections detail, and R.O.W. Bioswale Fence detail) and separation of storm sewers from the combined sewers where appropriate. A Site Plan inclusive of these streetscape improvements in accordance with §300-87 of the City Code shall be required and reviewed by the City Engineer. Discussions with the City Engineer is required prior to construction in order to evaluate the project and determine the extent of the City of Newburgh Streetscape Standards required for the project.

Small-scale projects that are related to a single property are required to adhere to the City Streetscape Standards, and are generally exempt from the requirements to install bioswales and associated infrastructure. The addition of pervious surfaces are always encouraged. Additionally, utility service work, where excavations exceed a disturbance of eight feet of the sidewalk and/or curb shall require replacement in accordance with the City of Newburgh Streetscape Standards, but shall be exempt from the requirement of bioswales and associated CSO mitigation infrastructure.

Standard Details & Specifications


Within the East End Historic District

In the East End Historic District, the following materials are required with the reconstruction of any aspect of the streetscape within the City's right-of-way, and must be constructed in accordance with the details and specifications maintained by the Engineering Department. Approved equivalents may be used upon written approval by the City Engineer.

Sidewalks

  • Natural bluestone slabs or cut bluestone
  • Concrete, dyed (Uni-Mix Integral Colorant by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number U28 and Perma-Cast Antiquing Release by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number R28) and stamped (18 by 36 inches Bluestone by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number BST4210). Refer to Concrete Sidewalk Detail and Stamped Bluestone Concrete Pattern
  • Hanover Architectural Products Slateface Prest Pavers, color Bluestone (Product Number M2374). Refer to Concrete Paver Sidewalk Detail and Sidewalk Alternate Concrete Pavers detail

Curbs

  • Granite (mountable on radii of curb extensions). Refer to Granite Curb at Sidewalk detail.

Driveway Aprons

  • Broom finished concrete, dyed (Uni-Mix Integral Colorant by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number U28 and Perma-Cast Antiquing Release by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number R28)
  • Other sympathetic or adjacent materials approved by the City Engineer

Planting Strip, Snow Storage Strip (Space Between the Required Bioswales or Tree Pits)

  • Hanover Architectural Products Permeable 4 by 8 inches, color Quarry Red, Refer to Permeable Pavers detail
  • Turf

Any other materials than those specified above will need to be reviewed and approved by the City's Architectural Review Board with a recommendation from the City Engineer.

Elsewhere in the City

In other parts of the City, the following materials are required with the reconstruction of any aspect of the streetscape within the City's right-of-way and must be constructed in accordance with the details and specifications maintained by the Engineering Department. Approved equivalents may be used upon approval by the City Engineer.

Sidewalks

  • Natural bluestone slabs or cut bluestone
  • Concrete, dyed (Uni-Mix Integral Colorant by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number U28 and Perma-Cast Antiquing Release by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number R28) and stamped (18 by 36 inches Bluestone by Butterfield Color, Inc., Product Number BST4210). Refer to Concrete Sidewalk Detail and Stamped Bluestone Concrete Pattern
  • Hanover Architectural Products Slateface Prest Pavers, color Bluestone (Product Number M2374). Refer to Concrete Paver Sidewalk Detail and Sidewalk Alternate Concrete Pavers detail
  • Broom finished concrete

Curbs

  • Granite (mountable on radii of curb extensions). Refer to Granite Curb at Sidewalk detail
  • Concrete (mountable on radii of curb extensions)

Driveway Aprons

  • Broom finish concrete

Streetscape Standard Drawings & Technical Specifications

The following drawings and specifications contain the standard detailing required and how they are applied to a section of Liberty Street between Broadway and Ann Street. The information provided shall be adapted to each individual project as mentioned above.

Some of the standard details in AutoCAD format can be downloaded here. Other may be obtained from the Engineering Office, please contact Assistant Engineer Chad Wade.