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Reminder: Third Draft of Comp Plan Available / Public Hearing OCTOBER 1, 2015, 7:30PM
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Reminder:  This Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 7:30pm, the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will continue the March 24, 2015 adjourned public hearing, this time seeking comment on the 3rd draft of the Plan.  The 3rd draft was prepared by the Committee in response to the substantive comments heard at the March 24, 2015 hearing.  We thank all who participated.  
 
Written comments may be sent to PlanZone@GreenburghNY.com anytime up to two weeks after the public hearing is closed.  What follows is the notice that was sent August 26, 2015.  We look forward to hearing from you on Thursday or by written comment should you have comments you wish to share regarding the document.
 
Francis Sheehan, Councilman
   Town of Greenburgh
 
GREENBURGH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE
RELEASES COMPREHENSIVE PLAN 3RD DRAFT
 
The 2015 Comprehensive Plan for the unincorporated area of the Town of Greenburgh (unincorporated Greenburgh) is a document that builds on both the Town’s historic past and its present strengths to direct the future.  The Plan is a blueprint that addresses foreseeable challenges, recognizes new opportunities, protects the environment, and fosters a vibrant economy with a good quality of life for its residents.  It is a community-based document which presents a long term plan for the future.  The document has evolved in response to comments we have received from the public.  The document is now in its 3rd draft and the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee (CPSC) seeks your input.
 
SUMMARY OF THE EVOLUTION OF THE 3RD DRAFT OF THE PLAN
 
CPSC SOUGHT PUBLIC COMMENT ON FIRST DRAFT
Following the release of the 1st draft of the Comprehensive Plan on March 21, 2014, the CPSC held five outreach meetings (Tuesday, April 29th at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 10th at 10:00am; Thursday, May 22nd at 7:30pm and Monday, June 2nd at 7:30pm, and Monday, June 16th at 7:30pm) in the Greenburgh Town Hall auditorium for the purposes of soliciting public comment.  After each meeting the CPSC met to consider all comments for potential incorporation into the next revision of the Plan.
 
CPSC SOUGHT PUBLIC COMMENT ON SECOND DRAFT
Following the release of the 2nd draft of the Comprehensive Plan on March 24, 2015, the CPSC held a public hearing (Tuesday, April 28th at 1:00pm – 4:00pm & 7:00pm – 10:00pm) in the Greenburgh Town Hall auditorium for the purposes of soliciting public comment.  After this public hearing, which was adjourned until now, the CPSC met to consider the additional comments received for potential incorporation into the Plan.  The wide range of public comments received contributed to the current 3rd draft of the Comprehensive Plan. 
 
THIRD DRAFT OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AVAILABLE
The 3rd draft of the Plan is available on the Plan’s website (www.GreenburghComprehensivePlan.com) and also as a downloadable PDF on the homepage of the Town of Greenburgh (www.GreenburghNY.com).  Each map of the Plan is also downloadable as a separate high resolution PDF with zoom-in capabilities.  Hard copies are available at the Greenburgh Public Library and the Town Hall in the offices of the Town Clerk and in the Department of Community Development and Conservation. 
 
SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES TO 2nd DRAFT LEADING TO 3rd DRAFT 
A majority of the changes reflected in the 3rd draft of the Plan were made in Chapter 12.0, Land-Use and Zoning, in response to public comments.  These changes include: 
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the removal of the “Mt. Joy/Henry St. Traditional Hamlet District;” 
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the removal of the potential for residential uses as part of mixed-uses in the planning areas and rescinding the related draft 2.0 CA-District multi-family use recommendations; 
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the removal of charrettes from the Plan and as a planning policy; 
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the removal of the potential for infill redevelopment on the library property; 
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a consolidation of the future land-use maps into one map, depicting all the planning areas and study areas; 
Related references to the changes noted above also were made in other chapters of the Plan. 
 
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.  THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR THE THIRD DRAFT.
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30pm, the CPSC will continue the March 24, 2015 adjourned public hearing, this time seeking comment on the 3rd draft of the Plan.  Written comments may be sent to PlanZone@GreenburghNY.com anytime up to two weeks after the public hearing is closed.  
 
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING?
Following the conclusion of the public hearing and comment period, the CPSC will make any necessary changes and forward its recommended Plan to the Town Board.  The Town Board will discuss the Plan during its public meetings, ensure compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and consider adoption of the Plan.
 
After reading the document, we hope you come to the Public Hearing on October 1, 2015, at 7:30pm, or write to us at planzone@greenburghny.com or at Town Hall (177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY 10607), and comment on the revised document.  We again look forward to your comments.
 
Francis Sheehan, Councilman
   Chair, Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee
 
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE
Francis Sheehan, Town Councilman and CPSC Chair
Fran McLaughlin, Planning Board Chair and CPSC Vice Chair
Madelon O’Shea, Historic and Landmark Preservation Board Chair
Ella Preiser, Community Representative
Walter Simon, Planning Board Vice Chair
Theresa Mae Tori, Conservation Advisory Council Chair
Lou Klein, Commercial Real Estate Liaison
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Garrett Duquesne, AICP, Commissioner, Community Development and Conservation
Viola Taliaferrow, Residential Real Estate Liaison
 
 
For further information on the Town of Greenburgh Comprehensive Plan, please contact: 
Garrett Duquesne, AICP, Commissioner, Community Development and Conservation 
914-989-1532 (direct) or planzone@greenburghny.com




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