About the Project

The 2017 New Castle Comprehensive Plan was adopted on June 21st, 2017!  Thank you to all who contributed to this process.

To view a PDF of the approved 2017 Comprehensive Plan, click HERE to go to the Plan Website.

The Comprehensive Plan resolution can be viewed here. The final EAF and Determination can be accessed through Dropbox here.

If you have any questions or would like to request a hard copy of any of the documents listed above, please do not hesitate to e-mail mycompplan@mynewcastle.org or call the Planning Department at 238-4724.

June 2017 Update: 

View Town Board Resolution Adopting the Comprehensive Plan  Here

View the Approved Environmental Assessment Forms and Environmental Determination Here

View Adopted 2017 Comprehensive Plan Here (adopted by the Town Board on June 21, 2017.)

View final tracked changed 2017 Comprehensive Plan Here (this is the final version with final changes made at the June 21, 2017 Town Board Work Session.)


View final draft for consideration at Town Board Meeting on June 21, 2017

Click here to view the document with public and Planning Board comments and tracked changes.

Click here to view public comments submitted on the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Update.

At their June 13th meeting, the Town Board continued to revise language regarding Goal 4 and references to the multi-use development known as Chappaqua Crossing.  The Board expects to be entertaining a final document at their June 21st meeting.  Click here to view the proposed resolution of approval.

April 2017 Update: 

The Town Board opened the Public Hearing process for the draft 2017 Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. The second public hearing meeting was held on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at Town Hall at 7:45pm.

Upcoming Public Hearing dates are posted below. All meetings will take place at Town Hall:

Tuesday, May 9th @ 7:45pm

Wednesday, May 17th @ 9am

Tuesday, May 23rd @ 7:45pm

Written comment about the draft 2017 Comprehensive Plan can be submitted at any time to mycompplan@mynewcastle.org. All written comment is due by 12pm noon on Friday, June 2nd.

Please note that the public hearing schedule, comment period, and closing are all under the discretion of the Town Board. If you have any questions, please e-mail mycompplan@mynewcastle.org or call the Planning Department at 238-4724.

Click here to view the document.

Click here to view the presentation given at the first public hearing meeting on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

January / February  2017 Update: 

On January 13, 2017, the New Castle Town Board received the 2017 Preliminary Final Draft Comprehensive Plan for review and comment at their January 24th and February 7th work sessions. At their February 7th work session, they requested that the 2017 Final Draft Comprehensive Plan be shared with the New Castle Planning Board in anticipation of the joint Town Board/Planning Board meeting scheduled for February 15, 2017 at the New Castle Town Hall.  We anticipate the Town Board to begin the environmental review (in accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act) and open the public comment period.  We are  hoping that the Town Board will consider adoption of the plan this Spring.


January 2016 Update:  Draft 2016 Comprehensive Plan Released

At the end of January 2016, the draft 2016 Comprehensive Plan was released to the public and distributed to the Town’s boards, committees and staff Department Heads for review. All throughout February and March, the Planning Department and the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will meet with the Town’s boards, committees and department heads to garner feedback and finalize the document. The public will be encouraged to send feedback on the Plan as well. Click here to view the Project Schedule and Boards and Commissions Meeting Dates.

Public participation has been and continues to be a key element in the development of New Castle’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan, and it will be critical to its long-term implementation.  The open, inclusive and interactive nature of the community engagement process ensured that various stakeholders’ and residents’ local knowledge and preferences were the defining factors of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan.  As such, this Plan is grounded in community values and seeks to achieve a better future for New Castle.

The Town Board initiated the Area Revitalization Studies for both the Chappaqua and Millwood Hamlets as part of the Comprehensive Plan Update Process last year.  These Studies will commence once again, after the Town Board considers adopting the 2016 Comprehensive Plan.



October 2015 Update:

On October 7th, the Comprehensive Plan’s draft strategies were released for public review and feedback at a workshop held at Bell School. Pace Land Use Law Center introduced the strategies by first summarizing the Comprehensive Plan update process to date and explained how the strategies were generated. Click here to view the full presentation and click here to view the draft strategies.

About the Project

The Town of New Castle is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan, which was last updated in 1989. Concurrent with the update, the Town is also generating revitalization strategies for the Hamlets of Chappaqua and Millwood. These area studies are designed to support the Comprehensive Plan and also establish a long-term strategy for enhancing the quality of life in New Castle’s commercial centers.

The Existing Conditions chapter of the New Castle Comprehensive Plan (NCCP) establishes a qualitative and quantitative description of the Town’s physical, socio-economic, and environmental characteristics. Click here to view the Existing Conditions Chapter

The Chappaqua Revitalization Strategy (CRS) aims to identify opportunities for enhancing Chappaqua, as defined by the boundaries of Chappaqua as a Census Designated Place (CDP). The CRS consists of three distinct phases: (1) Assessment of Existing Conditions, (2) Formulation of Revitalization Strategies, and (3) Production of an Implementation Framework.  Click here to view the Assessment of Existing Conditions.

The Millwood Revitalization Strategy (MRS), which aims to do for Millwood what the CRS does for Chappaqua, can be accessed here : (1) Assessment of Existing Conditions and (2) Formulation of Revitalization Strategies.

The New Castle Comprehensive Plan is a planning process managed by the Town of New Castle’s Planning Department with ongoing guidance provided by the New Castle Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and technical support from Pace’s Land Use Center.

Background  of Comprehensive Planning in New Castle

The Town of New Castle’s first comprehensive plan was adopted by the Planning Board in 1958. The most recent Town Development Plan was adopted in November of 1989. Much of the data and background materials for the 1989 Town Development Plan were compiled in 1984. The Town Board is looking to update the Town Development Plan once again. Much has changed from 1989 to the present. The Updated  Comprehensive Plan will reflect these changes and speak to the future of development in New Castle.

The Town Board has appointed a 5-member Steering Committee and has contracted with the Pace University Land Use Law Center to work with the Town Planner to develop the Comprehensive Plan Update. As part of the process there will be pointed opportunities for public participation.

Click here to view the Pace Land Use Law Center Proposal and here to view the Proposal for the Downtown Revitalization Strategy