The Clarkstown Town Board last night approved zoning changes needed for its planned downtown revitalization of West Nyack, which is part of the ongoing effort to boost hamlet centers throughout the town.
After limited comment at a public hearing at Town Hall, the board unanimously approved the resolution, which called for amending local zoning laws of the West Nyack.
In July 2010, the Town Board adopted the West Nyack Hamlet vision plan, which was created to foster growth and development in the area, while retaining its historic character.
“This local law is a long time in the making,” said Town Attorney, Amy Mele.
Mele explained that five years ago the town and county had created a vision for downtown New City and that this vision for West Nyack would follow that same trajectory.
The intent of the law is to improve the overall atmosphere of the hamlet and to make downtown West Nyack a more neighborhood friendly area. Zoning changes help to ensure that the renovation is completed as it is intended to be.
“This encourages economic growth consistent with the historic Hamlet center,” said Mele.
The small, but friendly environment envisioned by the 21st Century Commission is one that would create a more walkable setting, including shopping, dining, and entertainment businesses, and adjust parking locations to be more conducive to this plan. The plan would also slightly increase the residential capacity within the area.