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Village asks residents for input on development

The village of Mamaroneck is seeking residents’ input to help steer the future of development trends in an ongoing revamp of the comprehensive plan and the local Industrial Area.

According to a release sent out earlier this month by consulting firm Nv5, a New Jersey-based company hired to help assist in the village’s comprehensive plan update, village residents are encouraged to turn out for public meetings in April that will help set the parameters for the update.

Specifically, the village will host a public workshop on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the village court room.

Among the major items slated for an update in the village’s comprehensive plan—which was last updated in 2012—are increased attention to environmental sustainability, in addition to greater emphasis and guidelines on retaining village character.

The update process, according to Mayor Tom Murphy, a Democrat, will take place over the course of the next year and the scope may expand depending on public input.

Aiding the village in its effort to revamp its comprehensive plan will be a $37,500 grant from the New York State Climate Smart Communities program that will help partially fund the effort.

Concurrent with the village’s comprehensive plan update will be a wholesale redevelopment project targeting the village’s Industrial Area, recently dubbed as the maker zone.

With the help of a hired consultant, Poughkeepsie-based firm Chazen who was hired for $184,000,  the village will begin to rezone the area and plan for the maker zone’s future, making conditions more conducive to a range of businesses, including boutique hotels, restaurants, art galleries, breweries and office space.

The goal of the redevelopment and rezoning efforts—which have been more than two years in the making—will be to spur more economic development.

Last year the Industrial Area Committee recommended a slew of zoning changes that are now under review by the village board] and its consultants.

Together, both plans will cost the village more than $250,000.

– Reporting by James Pero



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