Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan
 
The Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan, The Greenprint for a Sustainable Future, is available for public review at the Municipal Building and the Hastings Library, and on the Village’s web site. Also available is Proposed Local Law No. 9 of 2005 that adopts the Greenway Compact Plan for Hastings and amends the Zoning Code to direct reviewing agencies to consider the Compact Plan’s policies as appropriate.
 
The Board of Trustees has scheduled a Public Hearing for Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building to consider the advisability of adopting the Proposed Local Law.
 
Hastings has been a Greenway Community since 2001. This local law will elevate the Village from the status of a Greenway Community to a Greenway Compact Community, qualifying it for number of benefits including technical and funding assistance from the Greenway and possible scoring preference over non-compact communities on state grants.
 

Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan


Westchester County is one of 13 counties that make up the Hudson River Valley Greenway (Greenway).  The Greenway was established by the State of New York by the Hudson River Valley Greenway Act of 1991.  The Greenway is a voluntary regional cooperation among 242 communities within 13 counties bordering the Hudson River. 

The Greenway was created to facilitate the development of a voluntary regional strategy for preserving scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources while encouraging compatible economic development and maintaining the tradition of home rule for land use decision-making.  The 1991 Act established the Greenway Council, a New York State Agency to:
  • Work with local government to enhance local land use planning

  • Create a voluntary regional planning compact for the Hudson River Valley\

  • Provide community planning grants, compact grants and technical assistance to help communities develop a vision for their future

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Act describes the “Greenway criteria” as “the basis for attaining the goal of a Hudson River Valley Greenway”.

The Greenway Criteria is:

  • Regional Planning

  • Natural & Cultural Resource Protection

  • Economic Development

  • Public Access

  • Heritage & Environmental Education

The Greenway planning approach is to think regionally ~ plan locally.  The Greenway Compact program takes community planning one step further by providing a process for voluntary regional cooperation to further the Greenway criteria of natural and cultural resource protection, regional planning, economic development, public access, and heritage and environmental education. The Greenway has designated the counties as the basic planning areas for the development of the Greenway Compact.  Westchester County is preparing to produce a Compact Plan that will be presented to municipalities for adoption consideration

The Greenprint for a Sustainable Future

In June 2005, the Hudson River Valley Greenway approved the Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan, The Greenprint for a Sustainable Future. The plan was prepared by the Westchester County Department of Planning as part of the Hudson River Valley Greenway initiatives and was adopted by the Westchester County Planning Board on June 2, 2004. Click here to view a PDF of the document (10.6 megs). In addition, the plan may be viewed at the Westchester County Department of Planning, 432 Michaelian Office Building, White Plains, New York.

Westchester County is one of only two counties in the 13-county Greenway region that has an approved Compact Plan. As of March 17, 2005, seven Westchester municipalities - Village of Tarrytown, Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of Ossining, Town of Cortlandt, City of Peekskill, Village of Buchanan and Village of Briarcliff Manor - have taken action to become a Compact Community. Participation is important. The County Planning Department encourages all Westchester communities to participate in this voluntary program. Participation will qualify them and assist other communities for a number of important compact benefits including technical and funding assistance from Greenway and possible scoring preference over non-compact communities in the evaluation of applications for other State Grants. The Greenway grant application process is simple and can result in the awarding of significant funds to assist your community with projects such as updating a comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance or the undertaking of special land use studies.

Becoming a Compact Community requires that a municipality adopt a local law amending the local zoning ordinance to state that consideration will be given to Greenprint policies when certain land use decisions are made. The adoption of such a local law does not limit home rule nor does it enable Westchester County or the State to impose any regulations upon the municipality.

Planning Department staff is available to come to local meetings to present Greenprint and discuss the potential benefits of becoming a Greenway Compact Community. Please contact Tracey Corbitt, AICP, Associate Planner at (914)-995-2090 or by e-mail at tsc1@westchestergov.com.

The benefits of becoming a Greenway Compact Community are:
  • State agencies must, "to the fullest extent practicable", coordinate their activities with Compact communities and conduct their activities in a manner consistent with the Greenway Compact
  • The provisions of the Greenway Compact must be made part of State Environmental Quality Review Act and Historic Preservation Act reviews.
  • Compact communities may regulate the location and construction of boathouses, moorings and docks within fifteen hundred feet of their shorelines.
  • Compact communities receive technical and financial assistance for community planning efforts. This includes up to 50% matching grants for basic community planning and for any changes to local planning and zoning needed to enter the Compact.
  • Compact communities have a potential 5% rating advantage over non-compact communities for receiving competitive state funding for Greenway projects.
  • Compact communities have the opportunity to offer a streamlined environmental review process for activities, which are consistent with regional Greenway plans.
  • Compact communities are provided protection from lawsuits brought against communities because of the acquisition of land or the adoption of local land use regulations consistent with a regional Greenway Plan.

For further information, contact:

Tracey S. Corbitt, AICP Associate Planner (GIS) Westchester County Department of Planning
148 Martine Avenue, Room 432
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 995-2090

tsc1@weschestergov.com


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VILLAGE OF HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON
PROPOSED LOCAL LAW NO. 9 OF 2005
 
A local law to adopt Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan, The Greenprint for a Sustainable Future…the Westchester Way.
Be it enacted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson as follows:Section 1. Adoption of Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan

1. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 44-0119 of the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York, the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson hereby adopts the statement of policies, principles and guides detailed in The Greenprint for a Sustainable Future…the Westchester Way, the Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan, by which the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson becomes a participating community in the Greenway Compact.

2. Proposals to amend the Compact Plan may from time to time be made by the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council (hereinafter referred to as "Greenway Council") in response to requests from participating communities. Within 90 days of receipt of any such proposal from the Greenway Council, the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson shall determine by resolution whether to accept or to reject such proposed amendment. Any proposed amendment so accepted shall be considered an amendment of the Compact Plan as adopted by the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson. Any proposed amendment rejected by the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson will not be considered to be an amendment of the Greenway Plan for the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, and notice of such rejection shall promptly be provided to the Greenway Council.

3. It is stated policy of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson that, to the extent the Village amends its current, or enacts new, land use laws and regulations, such new or amended laws and regulations, where appropriate, should be designed to be consistent with the Compact Plan.

Section 2. Amendment of Zoning Code

To implement the Compact Plan in the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, the Zoning chapter of the Code of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson is hereby amended by the addition of the following provision:

295-160. Greenway Compact Plan.

By Local Law No. [to be inserted] of 2005, the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson has adopted the Compact Plan, as amended from time to time, as a statement of policies, principles, and guides to supplement other established land use policies in the Village. In its discretionary actions under this Zoning Code, the reviewing agency should take into consideration said statement of policies, principles and guides, as appropriate.

 

Section 3. Home Rule of Authority

Nothing in this Local Law adopting the Compact Plan, or in becoming a participating community in the Compact Plan is intended, or shall be construed (a) to limit the home rule authority of the Village under State Law to make local land use and zoning decisions, (b) to authorize any other entity to supersede the Village's land use laws and regulations or to impose any requirements on the Village, or (c) to prevent the Village in its sole discretion from adopting a local law at a later date for the purpose of withdrawing from the Greenway Compact or Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan.

Section 4. Separability

If any part or provision of this Local Law or the application thereof to any person or circumstance be adjudged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be confined in its operation to the part of provision or application directly involved in the controversy in which judgment shall have been rendered and shall not affect or impair the validity of the remainder of this Local Law or the application thereof to other persons or circumstances, and the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson hereby declares that it would have passed this Local Law or the remainder thereof had such invalid application or invalid provision been apparent.

Section 5 Effective Date

This Local Law shall take effect immediately upon filing in the office of the Secretary of State in accordance with Section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.