For further inquiries about the plan please contact:
Sabrina D. Charney Hull, AICP Director of Planning.
P. (914) 238-4723
Allow up to 48 hours for a reply Monday - Friday.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a form-based code?
A form-based code is a means of regulating land development to achieve a specific urban form. It is a way to regulate development that controls building form first and building use second, with the purpose of achieving a particular type of “place” or built environment based on the vision of a community.
Q. What is the purpose of Chappaqua’s comprehensive plan?
The New Castle Comprehensive plan sets forth policy statements, goals and actions that will enable New Castle to navigate shifts in the world today and continue to thrive as a desirable place to live, work and play for generations to come.
Q. What is the goal of rezoning the Chappaqua Hamlet?
The goal is to ensure that all elements of the built environment, including land use, transportation, housing, energy, and infrastructure, work together to provide sustainable, green places for living, working, and recreation, with a high quality of life. Specifically, the Form Based Code will create the structure to diversify the town's housing stock and revitalize the existing business area.
Q. Will the rezoning change the history of Chappaqua?
No. All development should complement and maintain the bucolic character of the community’s neighborhoods. Amendments to the Town’s zoning regulations should be crafted as to ensure that the development that occurs is consistent with the bucolic character of the Town’s residential neighborhoods and to encourage development that keeps with the density, scale, character and aesthetic quality of the existing built environment in the Town’s various zoning districts, while meeting the goals of the Comprehensive Plan.
Q. Is the Chappaqua form-based code a construction project?
This legislation is not a construction project. This form-based code offers opportunities for property owners to reinvest and redevelop their properties in the hamlet to help build the goals of the communities as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.
Q. Does changing the legislation mean development on the Town-owned land?
It is important to understand that changing the legislation does not mean developing the Town-owned land. This project only changes legislation, it does not change the ownership of Town property, and it does not change the use of Town property as it exists today. If the Town Board is interested in developing Town owned land for the public’s good, it has to go through a local referendum process, which means the community will vote on it. The current process is to change the existing zoning to allow a future based upon what the community has told us through the Comprehensive Plan.