Scoping sessions are underway

Click “NCCTV,” at left, or “Read more,” below, for schedule of replays.
By Christine Yeres
January 11, 2008

On Wednesday, January 9, the Town Board held two scoping sessions, opportunities for residents to contribute their comments to the draft scoping document on the proposed redevelopment of the Reader’s Digest property by developer Summit Greenfield.  Summit’s plan to construct 278 condominium units on the property and rent its office space to an unlimited number of commercial tenants depends on the zoning changes it is seeking.

Each session began with a brief overview of the project by Summit’s representatives, with the remainder of the two hours devoted to residents’ comments. The sessions are already showing on NCCTV’s Channel 78.  A schedule of replays is below.

The afternoon session drew about 35 residents.  Of 12 speakers,  half spoke in favor of the affordable housing component of the project (56 of the 278 units), and half drew attention to the disadvantages of the proposal, mainly on grounds of increased traffic, the size of the project and costs to the town of the increased population.  The last speaker was a representative of the Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region, an industry association based in Armonk.  He had come to recommend Summit’s proposed development to the town board.

About 90 residents attended the evening session.  Of the 15 residents who spoke, all opposed the plan.  Some attested to the unenforceability of the age restrictions on which Summit’s plan depends; others pointed to increased costs to the town and school district of the added population, costs the speakers viewed as greater than increased taxes from the development.  Speakers objected to the projected traffic burden and saw size of the office-with-residential project as too large.  Many speakers took the opportunity to remind the developer that he had bought the property under existing zoning laws and had no “right” to a change in zoning. 

One resident asked the board whether scoping comments in response to last year’s proposal would automatically be incorporated into the present scoping document.  The board answered that this proposal would be treated as a separate one, and those comments should be made again if residents wanted them included in the present proceeding.

The third and final scoping session is Tuesday, January 22, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Deadline for written comments is noon on Friday, January 25.  Send comments by mail to Jill Simon Shapiro, Town Clerk, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, N.Y. 10514, or by email to the board’s special email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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To view the schedule of replays of the January 9, 2008 scoping sessions, visit NCCTV’s schedule grid at’s_on_channel_78.htm.

The sessions play on Channel 78 at the following times:

Fridays, 9am Afternoon Scoping
          10pm Evening Scoping

Saturdays, 9am Afternoon Scoping
              10am Evening Scoping
              12 midnight Afternoon Scoping
              1am Evening Scoping

Sundays, 9am Evening Scoping
          12pm Afternoon Scoping

Mondays, 3pm Afternoon Scoping
          4pm Evening Scoping

Tuesdays, 9am Evening Scoping
            6pm Afternoon Scoping

Wednesdays, 4pm Afternoon Scoping
                5pm Evening Scoping
                10pm Afternoon Scoping

Thursdays, 11am Afternoon
            3pm Evening Scoping