Principle: Resilient Economy
Ensure that the community is prepared to deal with both positive and negative changes in its economic health and to initiate sustainable urban development and redevelopment strategies that foster green business growth and build reliance on local assets.
Goal 26. Create a sustainable mix of commercial and residential uses within the hamlets
A “sustainable mix of commercial and residential uses” refers to the balance of both of these uses in the hamlets so that one supports the other. Increased opportunities for housing in the hamlets would not only provide businesses with a built-in customer base, it would also provide residents with immediate access to the hamlet’s amenities, services and transportation opportunities. Commercial, retail and business establishments should enable Town residents to fulfill their daily needs, and should include the provision of leisure and entertainment opportunities. An analysis of development and infill opportunities within each of the existing hamlets should be performed with consideration of environmental and infrastructural conditions and constraints, community needs and the public vision as established in this Comprehensive Plan. Existing zoning should be examined and revised to better facilitate the revitalization of the hamlets. As part of the revitalization, additional parking should be provided in the Chappaqua hamlet in proximity to businesses and amenities.
Undertake an analysis of development/infill opportunities in the hamlets consistent with community needs, public vision, and environmental and infrastructural constraints. This analysis should determine the net economic benefits of potential mixed use development and associated revenue forecasts of hamlet land use scenarios.
Review and revise existing zoning regulations and requirements or develop alternative zoning (i.e. form based zoning) to better allow and encourage mixed-used development in the hamlets. This could include revising regulations regarding driveway width, building height, front yard setbacks, and parking requirements and associated easements, among other regulations. Zoning around the Chappaqua train station should encourage a higher level of transit-oriented development.
Revise zoning and design standards to include appropriate smart growth principles (e.g. LEED-ND) to encourage sustainable development in hamlet areas.
Explore opportunities to diversify retail mix in hamlets and provide a wide range of goods and services. This may include the re-examination of Town code and previous resolutions regarding restrictions on certain common business types or the repetition of business types.
Examine existing industrial zoned property to determine the best use of property consistent with the surrounding area in the case that properties become available for future development.
Consider the creation of an Economic Development Unit to facilitate implementation of the preferred infill development scenario, assist property owners, and support local business community.
Examine the impacts of and develop implementation strategies regarding the effects of e-commerce on hamlet businesses and the need to reposition the hamlets as destinations.
Goal 27. Create vibrant and walkable mixed-use areas in the hamlets that are well connected to public transit
Hamlet streetscapes should be designed for use by and catered towards pedestrians to encourage gathering, interacting and shop patronage. The hamlets should be made as walkable as possible and streetscapes should favor walking over driving. To do this, smart growth principles should be included in the development of hamlet design guidelines. The Town should complete capital improvement projects or develop design standards that would enhance the pedestrian experience and walking opportunities between the major public transportation amenities (i.e. Metro North, the North County Trailway) and the commercial centers of each hamlet. These “pedestrian promenades” should feature greenery and welcoming open space. The Town should also explore opportunities to beautify and enhance the comfort of bus stops. The Town should also examine opportunities to revitalize or rezone mid-King Street and Station Place so as to better connect the commercial nodes in the Chappaqua and Millwood hamlets and the mixed-use commercial and residential uses at Chappaqua Crossing.
Include smart growth principles in the development of hamlet design guidelines to create an active pedestrian environment.
Develop design standards or complete capital improvements to better facilitate pedestrian connections to and from the commercial areas and the major transportation amenities in each hamlet (i.e. the North County Trailway in Millwood and the train station in Chappaqua).
Explore opportunities to develop bicycle parking areas and beautify and enhance the comfort of bus stops.
Examine and assess opportunities to revitalize or re-zone mid-King Street and Station Place to better connect the hamlets’ commercial nodes.
Goal 28. Enhance the aesthetic quality of the hamlets
Design guidelines should be developed for the Chappaqua hamlet, and the design guidelines established for the Millwood hamlet in 1993 (and revised in 1999) should be updated, if necessary. Guidelines should utilize LEED-ND standards or other sustainable design practices for signage, street frontage, windows, awnings, building color and materials, and street architecture. In addition, the feasibility of creating a maintenance district in the hamlets for both aesthetic and infrastructural upkeep should be assessed.
Develop new or revise existing hamlet design guidelines which promote aesthetic continuity within hamlet areas. Guidelines should, where appropriate, utilize LEED-ND standards or other sustainable design practices for signage, street frontage, windows, awnings, building color and materials and street architecture.
Conduct feasibility study for the creation of maintenance districts for hamlet infrastructure (e.g. sidewalks, parking lots) and solid waste management.
Goal 29. Attract, retain and support diverse, local businesses and establishments
The Town should develop a coordinated marketing campaign to promote the hamlets to potential tenants and vendors. The Town should engage consultants to assess the potential impacts of e-commerce to our hamlet businesses, provide a strategy to reposition our hamlets as destinations in this new competitive environment, and set a strategy for implementation. Existing property owners should be provided with informational materials and guidance when looking to attract new tenants or retrofit their buildings. Incentives should be created to both attract new, local businesses and retain those that exist. New businesses should be provided with a Town “Welcome Package” that includes a warm welcome message and important contact information (e.g. Development Department, Chamber of Commerce, neighboring businesses). As renewable energy, energy efficiency and green infrastructure industries and businesses grow in the region, the Town should consider attracting these and other businesses to the hamlets.
Offer land use guidance to property owners seeking to expand or change businesses through meetings and educational materials.
Create incentives to retain existing and attract new, local businesses that meet the needs of the community.
Proactively pursue the location of green business (i.e. energy efficiency firms, solar panel providers) in the hamlets.
Work with the Chamber of Commerce to provide new businesses with a “Welcome Package” that includes a warm welcome message and important contact information.
Organize a coordinated marketing campaign to promote hamlets to potential tenants.
Analyze feasibility of Business Improvement District.
Promote investment in green infrastructure and renewable energy installments by retail building owners in the hamlets. Facilitate the use of PACE financing through Chapter 63: Energy NY Financing of the Town Code.
Goal 30. Stimulate patronage and activity in the hamlets and at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (Wallace Auditorium)
The Town should form a task force that works with existing community groups (e.g. Art Under the Bridge) to develop events that showcase the Town’s unique character and stimulate patronage of local businesses. Particular attention should be given to scheduling recreational programming in and near the hamlets on nights and weekends. The Town should work with local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to promote business hours which complement recreational activities and Town-sponsored events.
Form civic activity task force or task existing groups with developing events and activities that showcase the Town’s unique character and encourage arts and culture, as well as stimulate patronage of local businesses.
Support Recreation and Parks Commission’s efforts to schedule recreational programming near the hamlets on nights and weekends to stimulate patronage of local businesses.
Promote the Wallace Auditorium as a regional entertainment venue for arts and culture and to stimulate patronage of local businesses in the hamlets.
Work with local businesses and the Chamber to promote business hours which complement recreational activities and Town-sponsored events.
Goal 31. Promote complementary development between the hamlets
To ensure that the Chappaqua and Millwood Hamlets thrive individually while complementing one another, the Town should investigate opportunities to develop public transit connections between the two hamlets. The Town should also encourage businesses to offer consumer benefits by partnering with businesses from other hamlets.
Investigate opportunities to develop public transit connections among the two hamlets.
Encourage businesses to offer consumer benefits by partnering with businesses from each of the two hamlets.