Chappaqua Hamlet Rezoning Project
Project Structure and Background Material
Chappaqua Hamlet Rezoning Project
A New Future for Chappaqua….. On June 21, 2017 after a multi-year public outreach process, the Town of New Castle adopted its Comprehensive Plan Update, “A Framework for New Castle”. The Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update sets forth specific goals to “preserve the Town’s bucolic, residential character and its historic resources, while promoting new mixed-use development in the hamlets to meet the community’s housing needs and fostering thriving commercial and civic spaces. The plan recognizes that a healthy 21st century hamlet is much more than a retail destination; it is a place for community gatherings and civic events; a place where residents can live, congregate and spend their time comfortably; a place that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles; and a place that offers exciting dining and entertainment options that attract community residents and visitors. Today the Chappaqua Hamlet fulfills some of these criteria but falls short on many others (e.g. limited entertainment options, limited selection of housing types, difficult pedestrian navigation, limited parking). The Comprehensive Plan acknowledges the need to revitalize the Chappaqua Hamlet as a more modern, mixed-use community calling for actions that will help support its goals. The New Castle Comprehensive Plan Update can be found at https://plannewcastle.us
On April 23, 2019 the New Castle Town Board awarded Kimley-Horn, Torti-Gallas +Partners, RESGroup, and Joel Russell, Esq. the Chappaqua Rezoning Project. This project will produce a draft Form Based Zoning Code, a build-out an analysis and a Generic Environmental Impact Statement. Work begins this May and will continue through the end of the year with consideration of final draft legislation in Spring 2020.
Meetings of the Consultant with the Town have been scheduled for May 23, June 10th and July 17th. For more information please contact: Sabrina D. Charney Hull, Director of Planning at Sabrina Charney Hull or (914)238-4723.
Request for Proposal
The Comprehensive Plan discussion on establishing a livable built environment and a resilient economy has identified goals to further these objectives. Some of these goals include:
- Locating higher density residential development in the hamlets, with density of development decreasing as distance from the hamlet centers increases;
- Facilitating a range of housing types that are affordable to a diverse residential population in the hamlets and surrounding areas;
- Creating a sustainable mix of commercial and residential uses within the hamlets;
- Creating a vibrant and walkable mixed-use area in the hamlets that are well connected to public transit.
These are just a few of the goals. The actions to implement these goals vary in their nature-from a study or analysis, to a capital project. There are many ways to meet these goals. The Town of New Castle is interested in revising the existing commercial zoning legislation within the Chappaqua Hamlet to help meet the goals of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan. The RFP below has been released to obtain a qualified consultant to work with town to establish a new, Form-Based Zoning Code.
Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A highly recommended pre-proposal conference has been scheduled for December 18, 2018 (9:00AM).
Proposals were due on January 25, 2019.
Consultant's Scope of Work
Downtown Working Group
The Downtown Working Group Members
Town Board Members
- Robert Greenstein (Town Supervisor)
- Lisa Katz (Deputy Town Supervisor)
- Ivy Pool
- Jeremy Saland
Planning Board Members
- Robert Kirkwood (Chair)
- Gregg Sanzari
- Tom Curley
- Steve Tavolocci
- Randy Katchis
- Bill Spade (also focuses on passive houses and green building)
Background and Reference Documents
The planning team has a number of documents and resources on the New Castle's comprehensive plan and the planning process. Click on one of the links below to view the document.
TNC Planning Base Studies - Sep 1, 2014
Master Planning Public Engagement Report - Jul 1, 2014
PPS Phase I Millwood 1 19 12 - Jan 18, 2012
Adopted Climate Acction Plan New Castle - Apr 26, 2011
Pouder Chappaqua Hamlet Streetscape 11 3 08 - Nov 3, 2008
Pouder Chappaqua Hamlet Streetscape 9 8 08 - Sep 8, 2008
PPS Report Final As Of 9 3 08 - Sep 3, 2008
Rec Parks Master Plan Draft Feb 2007 - Feb 1, 2007
Vollmer Report March 2003 - Mar 1, 2003
Millwood Design Guidelines March 2 1999 - Mar 2, 1999
Chappaqua Village Action Plan March 1998 - Mar 1, 1998
Town Development Plan 1989 - Nov 1, 1989
Final Scope of Work - Jun 16, 2019
Town Board Authorization to hire Kimley Horn - Jun 16, 2019
Downtown Working Group - Jun 16, 2019