Principle: Responsible Regionalism
The Town of New Castle shares a border with eight towns and one village. The community is geographically positioned in close proximity to New York City and being one of 45 municipalities within Westchester County, there are many regional forces that affect the livelihoods of those who live, work and play within the Town’s borders. It is important to recognize that the boundaries of the Town define a governmental entity but in many respects have little relationship to the physical features and market forces that drive the economy and direct the development of the region. The boundaries dividing New Castle from surrounding municipalities are traversed by features such as roads and other infrastructure, watersheds and natural habitats. New Castle encompasses six different school districts and seven different zip code areas. The Taconic State Parkway, Saw Mill River Parkway and Metro North Railroad’s Harlem Line connect New Castle to the surrounding municipalities of Pleasantville and Mount Kisco, White Plains, the Hudson Valley, and the New York City metropolitan region at large.
Given the number of municipalities surrounding New Castle, the Town’s location in northern Westchester and its proximity to New York City, the Town’s planning and development efforts are susceptible to the same influences discussed in the TDP regarding land use patterns, environmental protection, park and open space planning, water quality and sewage planning, housing and transportation. At the same time, New Castle’s location gives its planning and development efforts heightened importance in the region. As such, the Town’s future growth can, to a significant degree, be shaped by regional development pressures and by other local, County, State and Federal development policies and plans.
Planning programs and policies created during the last decades of the 20th century and as enumerated in the TDP helped to establish a regional planning framework that continues to influence local planning initiatives. Today the Town is working within this framework to address housing policy, environmental protection, infrastructure improvements and transportation planning with the understanding that progress made in any of these issue areas will require cooperation and the formation of collaborative partnerships between the Town and relevant Federal, State, regional and local stakeholders.State and Regional Policies and Plans