Principle: Responsible Regionalism
Ensure that all local proposals account for, connect with, and support the plans of adjacent jurisdictions and the surrounding region.
Goal 45. Align Town land use and development planning
With the adoption of this Plan, New Castle is aligning its planning policies with those of the regional plans discussed above, including Westchester 2025, the MHREDC Strategic Plan, and the MHREDC Sustainability Plan. This Plan has positioned the Town to undertake zoning changes that encourage development which is consistent with regional sustainability objectives such as increasing housing affordability, enabling transit-oriented development, and preserving open space and biodiversity.
Adopt the 2016 New Castle Comprehensive Plan which is aligned with the goals and policies of Westchester 2025 and the MHREDC’s Strategic and Sustainability Plans.
Undertake zoning changes to encourage development discussed within this Plan and is consistent with regional sustainable development objectives (i.e. housing affordability, transit-oriented development, preservation of open space and biodiversity).
Ensure that local housing supply appropriately addresses regional housing demand through the update of the Town’s housing policies and zoning designations.
Identify biotic and open space corridors that go past the Town’s borders. Coordinate with appropriate surrounding municipalities to preserve these corridors.
When necessary, foster communication between neighboring municipalities regarding plan review that supplement the Westchester County referral process.
Participate actively in cross-jurisdictional watershed planning and protection.
Goal 46. Strengthen cross-jurisdictional planning and coordinate with neighboring municipalities, State, County and regional agencies in project review of developments likely to cause impacts beyond the Town’s borders
The Town should strengthen its relationships with surrounding municipalities to fulfill its responsibility as a considerate neighbor, as well as to accomplish planning goals that have impacts across political boundaries. In identifying biotic and open space corridors that reach beyond New Castle’s physical borders, the Town should coordinate with surrounding municipalities to preserve these corridors. When necessary, the Town should foster communication between neighboring municipalities regarding relevant plan review that supplements the Westchester County referral process. The Town should also continue to participate actively in cross-jurisdictional watershed planning and protection. The Town should promote and help coordinate inter-municipal scenic road preservation, including working with state, county and local officials to mitigate impacts on our scenic roads from utility companies.
Goal 47. Coordinate Town infrastructure planning with regional infrastructure improvement objectives
The Town should work with its neighbors to help accomplish regional infrastructure improvement objectives such as integrating Complete Street features on roadways, implementing sustainable waste management practices, maintenance of utilities and their aesthetic impact, and recycling wastewater. The Town should pursue creative ways to communicate and build relationships with State and County agencies to accomplish this goal.
Pursue innovative ways to communicate, negotiate and build relationships with the New York State Department of Transportation.
Expand regional infrastructure and linkages for pedestrians and bicyclists. Map areas where linkages are appropriate. Examine the feasibility of sidewalks that facilitate non-motorized transportation across municipal borders.
Explore connections/creation of local bike routes to connect with the North County Trailway.
Partner with non-profit and private organizations on the implementation of sustainable waste management programs.
Coordinate with Westchester County Health Department to investigate opportunities for the beneficial reuse of stormwater and wastewater.
Goal 48. Promote the consolidation of services and cost-sharing with surrounding municipalities, where possible
Past initiatives such as Solarize Somers-New Castle and Community Choice aggregation have demonstrated that aggregating the Town’s purchasing power with that of surrounding municipalities can result in lower prices for quality goods and services that benefit the residents of New Castle. The Town should identify other opportunities for cost-sharing with other municipalities and pursue funding opportunities to support these efforts. In particular, the town should pursue opportunities to cost-share in order to enhance sustainability efforts Town-wide. The Town should work with state, county and local officials to enhance cooperative emergency services.
Identify potential services appropriate for cost sharing approach.
Examine funding opportunities to support cost sharing efforts.
Continue to pursue arrangements similar to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and Solarize Somers-New Castle to enhance sustainability in the Town at lower costs.
Work with neighboring municipalities to determine their interest in creating a uniform signage program along cross-jurisdictional transportation routes.
Coordinate with other municipalities to aggregate negotiating power with the State for relevant issues (e.g. aesthetic improvements of transportation signage, infrastructure needs, roadway improvements).