Thank you Croton United:
ICYMI: The village's zoning public workshop was held on Tuesday
evening at the Harmon Firehouse. The mayor opened with some remarks,
then the zoning consultant did a presentation, about 30 minutes,
reporting on the results of the community survey. After that, there was a
short break, and the attendees were asked to break into small groups to
discuss any further development ideas. The groups were focused on
either the Municipal Place Gateway, or the North Riverside Neighborhood. After another forty five minutes or so, there was a reporting period.
From one personal perspective: there was no real enthusiasm for
development in the North Riverside corridor. People expressed concerns
about parking, congestion, density and views. There was more diversity
of opinion about developing the Katz property, but the conversation
seemed divided on that. I was in a group that discussed the gateway, and
the group members did not like the idea of developing Katz. More than
one group expressed that more data was needed before any zoning changes
should be undertaken.
The format makes it difficult to
synthesize more in terms of takeaway, since the discussion was among
small groups, not the larger crowd.
The consultant will be
making zoning change recommendations to the board, and the themes they
stressed were: a. no change to the 35 foot height limitation, but
changes to allow three stories where two are now the limit; b.
preference for all-residential or mixed-use; c. making changes that
reflect the "current reality" of zoning, i.e., creating a new district
to overlay on Brook Street called "RD" (residential district) that will
allow those property owners to come into conformance with zoning (i.e.,
they will no longer be pre-existing nonconforming, which will allow them
to make upgrades to the buildings without zoning board involvement).