Master Plan Steering Committee meets new Business Development Committee . . .
Saturday, November 22, 2014
by Christine Yeres
THIS MEETING WAS CANCELLED
According to the home page of the town’s website, “The New Castle Master Plan Steering Committee and the Business Development Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to hear a presentation on “Transit Oriented Development – The Path to Downtown Revitalization.” Supervisor Rob Greenstein has frequently touted the benefits of transit-oriented development (TOD) for the Chappaqua hamlet, maintaining that approval of retail at Chappaqua Crossing would act as additional motivation to strengthen the existing hamlet by means of TOD.
What is TOD?
“Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail and/or other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation.” ~ from ReconnectingAmerica.org
The town is actively engaged in having the eight acres it owns around and including town hall, some of the train parking lot and the rec field appraised and surveyed. A priority for members of the newly-formed Business Development Advisory Committee (BDAC), headed by Town Board member Adam Brodsky, is to make “recommendations to the New Castle government regarding strategic redevelopment opportunities for Town-owned property and make recommendations regarding the highest and best uses based on current market conditions.” See full text of the resolution forming the BDAC by clicking HERE.
See also Town Board makes it official: New Castle has a “Business Development Advisory Committee”—Brodsky promises to work closely with Master Plan “commercial development and hamlets” group, NCNOW.org, 11/15/14.