Katz urges examination of “all the options” in context of Master Plan review

April 11, 2014

Editor’s Note: Deputy Supervisor Lisa Katz read the following statement on Chappaqua Crossing in last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.  A lively argument between residents, supervisor and town attorneys ensued.  Below are her remarks:

As you all know, Summit Greenfield has filed a revised Preliminary Development Concept Plan. These materials, which are voluminous, were only received last Friday, April 4.  I want to reassure residents that questions such as how much latitude the Board might have to approve less than the 120,000 square feet of retail space, or whether the Board could deny the request altogether, are being carefully examined.  The issues are complex, and there is more work to be done.  Again, the Board has only had these materials for two days.  It would be premature for any Board member to speculate as to whether, and how much, retail space ultimately might be approved at Chappaqua Crossing.

I think everyone can agree that this Board is not writing on a clean slate when it comes to retail at Chappaqua Crossing.  The prior Board conducted a SEQRA review with respect to retail at Chappaqua Crossing and concluded that certain adverse environmental impacts could be adequately mitigated. 

At the same time, this Board should be considering all of its options, and this should be done in the context of the master plan update.  What other options do we have?  Would the town want to purchase the property, as many residents have suggested to me?  Would the town want to look into somehow swapping properties? Are there other options?  All of this must be thoroughly researched and answered.

Finally, when we speak about bringing developers “to the table,” that should mean our collective table, with all Town Board members and residents sitting around it.

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