New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/17/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/17/17

Join us on Tuesday, April 18th for a Public Hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan

Over the past few years, residents and volunteers, planning consultants and advisory board members, Town staff and officials have worked together to develop a new Comprehensive Plan for New Castle. The draft Comprehensive Plan uses resident input combined with best planning practice to establish policies that will guide New Castle’s growth and governance over the next fifteen to twenty years.Join us on Tuesday, April 18th for a public hearing on the draft Comprehensive Plan and tell us if we got it right!

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
New Castle Town Hall Assembly Room, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua

The draft Comprehensive Plan can be accessed on the Town’s website.

If you have any questions, please e-mail the Comprehensive Planning team at

Here are a few goals of the New Castle 2017 Comprehensive Plan

  • Create a sustainable mix of commercial and residential uses within the hamlets
  • Create vibrant and walkable mixed-use areas in the hamlets that are well connected to public transit
  • Enhance the aesthetic quality of the hamlets
  • Attract, retain and support diverse, local businesses and establishments
  • Locate higher density residential development in the hamlets, with density of development decreasing as distance from hamlet centers increases
  • Increase availability of recreational programming and facilities

Here are a few action items of the New Castle 2017 Comprehensive Plan

  • Examine the impacts of e-commerce on hamlet businesses and the need to reposition the hamlets as destinations.
  • Explore opportunities to diversify retail mix in hamlets and provide a wide range of goods and services.
  • Re-examination of Town code and previous resolutions regarding restrictions on certain common business types or the repetition of business types.
  • Create incentives to retain existing and attract new, local businesses that meet the needs of the community.
  • Support Recreation and Parks Commission’s efforts to schedule recreational programming near the hamlets on nights and weekends to stimulate patronage of local businesses
  • Undertake a parking feasibility study to analyze the opportunities and needs for parking in Chappaqua including a future needs forecast and shared parking.
  • Explore opportunities for public-private partnership to construct parking structure near train station.
  • Investigate the feasibility of extending sewer service to the Millwood hamlet, areas of higher density, and where septic systems are failing.
  • Review and revise existing zoning regulations around the Chappaqua train station should encourage a higher level of transit-oriented development.
  • Promote the Wallace Auditorium as a regional entertainment venue for arts and culture and to stimulate patronage of local businesses in the hamlets.
  • Develop a comprehensive sidewalk plan, which includes identification of priority areas for new sidewalk construction and rehabilitation of existing sidewalks. Focus should be placed on commercial areas and outlying neighborhoods.
  • Examine the feasibility of sidewalks within and between neighborhoods that do not border commercial areas
  • Examine the feasibility of sidewalks on all major routes including Rt. 117, 100, 120, 133, 128

New Castle Comprehensive Plan Public hearing, April 18th, 7:45p, Town Hall. Thank you to Get Reel Productions for a great video!