Zoning Proposal For Downtown New City Could Lead To Property Improvements

Revised zoning proposal would allow apartments above businesses on Main Street.


A proposal to revise zoning in New City would allow residences above businesses along Main Street. Planning Consultant Michael Allen of described the proposal as the second part of the program. 

He presented the town board with an executive summary at Tuesday’s workshop and said he was hopeful the town would refer the proposal to the appropriate town and county agencies for review.  Allen pointed out one of the major effects of the zoning proposal, which establish four zones, would be to enable building of housing above the businesses along the east side of Main Street. He said it would give property owners in the hamlet more flexibility to redevelop. 

Council member Shirley Lasker commented on the proposal.

“I think any viable downtown has residences over stores,” she said  “It gives them an incentive to redevelop their properties.  It has to make economic sense.”

Allen said some other aspects of the proposal would require affordable housing units in larger scale developments and allow property owners to opt out of on-site parking and contribute to a fund for municipal parking.  

Tony T April 07, 2012 at 02:31 AM
More apartments to rent to illegals...not a good move.
Mike Hirsch April 07, 2012 at 02:24 PM
The town could write in a requirement that the apartments be rented to US citizens.
Mary April 10, 2012 at 02:38 AM
This might sound good to some people, but it's yet another aspect of Agenda 21...Sustainable Development...ICLEI...please educate yourselves... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GykzQWlXJs Yes, we do need affordable housing...how about less government spending and decreasing our taxes.
Lynn Teger July 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Mike: Would you make that suggestion at the next Town Board meeting?
Lynn Teger July 27, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Yes. We do need affordable housing, however, the way it's being done is that eventually affordable housing will be in every neighborhood, on every block and it will take our freedom away to move into a neighborhood that does not have it. Under the Smart Growth plan, the word they use to describe it is "income diversity". Eventually all neighborhoods will be income diverse. From what I understand, the plan is to permit every store on Main Street in New City to build up to 4 levels of apartments on top of the stores. The entire face of New City will be unrecognizable as we have come to know it.


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