Town Board to propose zoning change permitting grocery and limited retail at Chappaqua Crossing
Monday, July 23, 2012
by Christine Yeres
In its meeting this Tuesday, Town Board members will set the date for a public hearing to amend the town code to allow retail uses in the “business, research and office,” or BRO business district at Chappaqua Crossing, primarily to attract a full-service grocery store and the tax revenues it would bring. The board first floated the idea in March.
See “Town board invites residents to consider partial rezoning of Chappaqua Crossing,” NCNOW.org, 3/9/12.
The addition to the town code would be titled “Office Park Retail Overlay District,” and would read,
“This Office Park Overlay District zoning is intended to provide the opportunity for the development of a retail zoning district on a planned basis in the Town’s only Research and Office Business District (“Office Park District”) to be anchored by a full service grocery store and provide for other retail uses that will provide a complementary and mutually sustaining tenant mix, that are appropriate for the comfort and convenience of occupants in the underlying Office Park District and occupants and residents of the community, that will facilitate provision of daily needs products and services such as groceries and basic retail in an otherwise underserved market area, and that will support and enhance the Town’s commercial real estate tax base. To further this intent with proper protection for existing development in the community, Office Park Retail Overlay Districts shall be established within Office Park Districts on a floating zone basis, subject to approval by the Town Board in each case, and in accordance with an approved preliminary development concept plan, as described and defined herein.”
What other uses the board contemplates remained, as of last week, undisclosed. Several people in the commercial real estate business have noted that generally supermarkets wish to have at least a bank and a liquor store in close proximity.
The Town Board will consult the Planning Board and Architectural Review Board, then, as with all zoning amendments, a public hearing will follow. This Tuesday, the board intends to set a September 24, 2012 hearing date.