With its Steering Committee in place, Master Plan review will gear up to reach out
February 21, 2014
by Christine Yeres
The Master Plan Steering Committee is membered-up, the Town seems to have found the funds to hire Pace Land Use Center to run its Master Plan community outreach, and a Business Development Advisory Committee is close to being “firmed up.” Plus, proposals for Chappaqua Crossing and the Spa at New Castle seem to be working their way into the light of the Master Plan review.
Downtown Business Development Advisory Committee
According to Supervisor Rob Greenstein, the Business Development Advisory Committee he and Adam Brodsky have assembled “will assist the Town Board by identifying and recommending policy initiatives that will strengthen our existing businesses, attract new and desirable businesses to New Castle, and help our community revitalize our downtown business hamlet while facilitating the harmonious development of Chappaqua Crossing.” Membership of the committee has been “firmed up” this week, said Greenstein. Names of the committee members have not yet been released. Greenstein himself will head the committee. The committee appears on the Town Board’s work session agenda for Tuesday, February 25:
8:10 pm – 8:15 pm Downtown Business Development Advisory Committee
The regular meeting begins at 8:30 p.m. Click HERE for agendas for both.
Master Plan Steering Committee
The Town Board will officially appoint the five Master Plan Steering Committee members who will conduct a review of the Town Development Plan (a/k/a “Master Plan”). They are Bob Kirkwood and Richard Brownell, both members of the Planning Board; Hala Makowska, Chairperson of the Millwood Board of Fire Commissioner; Maud Bailey, who worked on the Town’s last Master Plan; and Town Board member Adam Brodsky.
Talks with Summit Greenfield
Asked when he would reveal the substance of his talks with Summit Greenfield on the possible use or acquisition of the cupola building for a town hall, Greenstein responded, “Most likely at our joint Town Board and Planning Board meeting.” He gave no date.
Town hall to cupola concept
The concept of selling town hall and its surrounding nine acres, or parts of it, for development and relocating town hall and police functions to the cupola building at Chappaqua Crossing will be discussed, said Greenstein, through the Master Plan review and its outreach process.
Town hires professional community outreach consultants
Town will engage—for money—from the Pace Land Use Law Center to conduct community outreach for Master Plan review.
At the Town Board’s public hearing on the scoping document for Spa at New Castle, Greenstein was asked about the timeline for the Master Plan review. “We have a Steering Committee now,” he said, “and the [Pace] consultants will lead the outreach process. There are a lot of applications pending. The Master Plan is a legal document, but the public outreach is a key part of it that will take place over the next four, five or six months.”
And, Nick Ward-Willis, Counsel to the Town Board, noted, “there are things that will be studied [for the Spa application] that will be relevant to the Master Plan.”