Thursday, November 02, 2006

PLANNING BOARD RECOMMENDS THAT TOWN BD INCREASE FUNDING FOR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN STUDY

TO: Greenburgh Town Board

FROM: Greenburgh Planning Board

DATE: November 2, 2006

SUBJECT: Comprehensive Plan Update

The members of the Town of Greenburgh Planning Board strongly request the Town Board to fully fund a Comprehensive Plan Update in the 2007 Budget in order to provide a framework for future development in Greenburgh. The vote was taken at the Board’s November 1, 2006 meeting with all seven members present. Six voted in favor and one abstained.

The Planning Commissioner has recommended the amount of $300,000 be added to the Budget in order to implement a thorough and useful Comprehensive Plan Update. In the opinion of the Planning Board this amount is on target. The amount of $50,000 that was added to the Budget will not achieve the goal of producing a useful document that will provide the framework for a code revision and assist the Town’s Land Use Boards in their future decision making. The Planning Board does not wish to invest its time to participate in a process that will not achieve the desired end result.

The update should address all areas referenced in Section 272-a (3) of New York State Town Law including the identification of the goals, objectives, principles, guidelines, policies, standards, devices and instruments for the immediate and long-range protection, enhancement, growth and development of the town located outside the limits of any incorporated village or city, including land use, resource protection, public services and public infrastructure;

To this end, the Planning Board recommends that the Town Board add the amount of $250,000 to the $50,000 put in the 2007 Budget for a total of $300,000 as recommended by the Planning Commissioner and appoint a Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee to initiate the process.

CC: CAC

Zoning Board of Appeals

2 comments:

Paul Feiner said...

I had recommended $50,000 for the study because I felt that we would not start the study until the end of the year. I also feel that it would be useful to have a series of pre-study meetings around town, soliciting input from the community regarding the study. $300,000 is alot of money -- there is some value in explaining to residents the benefits that the entire community will get from a comprehensive study before the study actually is commissioned. Questions should be answered from the public - input could be requested re: the scope of the study, etc...

don't waste my $ said...

Hey -$300,000 is alot of tax money. I agree. The people should have some say before the money is authorized.