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
Saturday, November 15, 2014
by Christine Yeres

The Town Board officially enlisted local brain power to serve on a Business Development Advisory Committee (“BDAC”) headed by Town Board member Adam Brodsky. The group is charged with assisting 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 existing business hamlets.”

According to the resolution establishing the committee, one of its priorities will be to advise the Town Board on “strategic redevelopment opportunities for Town-owned property”—the eight-ish acres on which Town Hall, some commuter parking and the rec field sit— and making “recommendations regarding the highest and best uses based on current market conditions.”

Asked how the BDAC will interface with the Master Plan subcommittee on “commercial development and hamlets,” Brodsky promised collaboration between the two, explaining that “the Master Plan is ‘Big Picture,’ and this [BDAC] is more ‘nuts-and-bolts’.”

To see the full text of the Resolution and the names of its 11 members, click HERE.

Status of the Master Plan

The Master Plan effort is on hold, waiting for the return of “County data” that the Master Plan Steering Committee has sent back to the county. According to Town Planner Sabrina Charney, the work of the subcommittees—analysis of the current Master Plan’s “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats”—is finished and the Steering Committee members will next “be facilitated” by professional Master Plan consultants in “drafting goals and objectives.”

In eliciting these goals and objectives, said Charney, consultants will “balance several different resources—the Pace outreach report, the Master Plan subcommittees’ analyses, the existing Town Development Plan [Master Plan] and the county background analyses expected to be released any day now.”

During public comment, Betty Weitz took issue with Charney’s statement that the subcommittees’ work had been finished and turned in.  “Not the one I sit on,” said Weitz, a member of the “commercial development and hamlets” group.

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What powers and authority will they have to mandate that the Planning Board move towards a vote of approval, when such recommendations are in the interest of maintaining or originating the continued vibrancy of downtown Chappaqua? It’s nice to have another group of well intentioned individuals running around and devoting their time, but when they must come to ask two particular Planning Board members to move to approve an application, will they just receive a smirk, or a thousand items that need to get addressed. My point is, that when you see all these kinds of groups and committees forming, all it demonstrates is a bigger problem in how Town Hall operates and perhaps a frustration of Politics that the Administrators of town hall are trying to mask. If the bigger problem was addressed years ago, downtown Chappaqua would not be under the threat that it will be by Hoover Hill that will suck up all the merchants and businesses out of Chappaqua, and if not, put them out of business. Downtown Chappaqua is going to become our local Rt.66 When CC was originally purchased it was meant to be a Corporate Headquarters having multiple Corporate Tenants; some existing and reappointed members of the Planning Board did not allow that to happen. Are we going to be happy with what we are going to get? I do not think so because I have yet to hear the Town becoming proactive in their Planning and Zoning laws that will allow the landlords of Chappaqua to survive the impact and presence of CC being open for business, being open for your business, and being open for their business, and being open to get business, and being open to destroy and put other businesses out. When CC opens, how many downtown Chappaqua businesses are going to continue paying the level of rent that they currently pay. Will it remain the same, increase, or be reduced by 5,10,15,20,30 percent? How does this impact the residential taxpayer? If you say it does not, it does in a big way!

By Great on 11/15/2014 at 8:22 pm

editor Yeres- I was unable to attend the last board meeting and have not yet had a chance to watch the replay. I usually get a recap or highlights from reading NewCastleNow. I am curious as to why there is no article in this issue regarding the highly charged retail at CC ” public hearing” component of Tuesday’s town board meeting. Were there no new issues discussed? Any new developments( no pun intended)?
Also in Rob Greensteins Supervisor Update in this issue he states that there will be another public hearing in early December. I thought last weeks was the mast public hearing before the TB votes?

Editor’s Note: I’ll publish a report of the November 18 public hearing on Monday or Tuesday.  There is indeed another public hearing—on December 2.

By Resident on 11/22/2014 at 11:22 am

wasnt this last TB meeting to be the last of the public hearings on CC? Why another- has something changed?

By R on 11/22/2014 at 12:41 pm

Editor – this quote is from an article you wrote last week and that is still running in this issue-
“Town Board members have said they intend to make a decision on the Chappaqua Crossing application for retail rezoning before year’s end, and they will likely close the public hearing at the end of the November 18 public hearing”.

Now we learn there is yet ANOTHER public hearing on CC.
What happened – why another?

By Dazed and confused on 11/22/2014 at 3:22 pm

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