Around 100 attend first of the Master Plan outreach sessions and brainstorm freely, amicably

Zezula taking notes
Next opportunity is Saturday, May 10, at Greeley 9:00 a.m. to noon
See photos of the evening in “Read more…”
May 9, 2014
by Christine Yeres

A crowd of around 100 attended the first of the town’s outreach sessions to hear what residents like and dislike about their lives in New Castle.  Facilitators from Pace Land Use Law Center managed to engage breakout groups of 18 to 20 in different classrooms, saw to it that everyone was heard from, and jotted down words and phrases that captured the gist of each participant’s comments and ventings on the five major topics in the agenda. The format was relaxed.  Marian and Gray Williams attended, with Marian calling several times in her group for “Quick!-a-show-of-hands!” on various issues.  I asked her afterwards for her impressions of the evening.

“Our group was unfailingly civil,” wrote Williams in an email, “and the likes and dislikes aired freely.  Tree removal and sidewalks had mixed reviews, placing “workforce” housing and senior citizen accessible housing among the mansions was considered a positive by all.  Reaction to the Hunts Lane Conifer location was negative.  Concerns about access and condition of roads vis-a-vis Chappaqua Crossing were fully aired, with some suggestions about the Roaring Brook-Readers Digest Road-Sawmill intersection—including an overpass—addressed.  A fair amount of other useful information was shared.  The library, the schools, and the recycling center got great marks.  Playing fields are in poor condition and need expanding and relief.  A pool at Chappaqua Crossing was roundly approved.”

The sheets and sheets of notes jotted down by facilitators will be faithfully reproduced by Pace in more convenient form.  The notes will themselves become the subject of discussion in a next phase of the Master Plan review. 

Topics included:

• Trails, fields, parks and open space

• Parking and transportation

• Community amenities and services

• Commercial areas

• Housing needs

• Economic development

Sessions remaining:

Saturday, May 10 at Horace Greeley High School 9:00 a.m. to noon

Thursday, May 15 at Westorchard Elementary 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21 at Seven Bridges Middle School 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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