August Release Slated For New Castle Master Plan Outreach Document

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A New Castle master plan public meeting was held on May 7, 2014.
A New Castle master plan public meeting was held on May 7, 2014. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- A public outreach document that is part of New Castle's master plan update process is scheduled to be released this month, according to a timeline announcement from the town.

The outreach document follows seven public meetings held in May and June by Pace University, according to the announcement, which was distributed by Town Supervisor Rob Greenstein. The Pace University Land Use Law Center is helping with the communications aspect of the update.

Going forward, the timeline announcement shows, the town's Master Plan Steering Committee (MPSC) will complete an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the 1989 Town Development Plan in September. The 1989 plan is the most recent master plan revision. During the fall, the committee is also scheduled to be involved with workshops for drafting objectives and goals. 

"Once the draft goals and objectives have been identified, they will be circulated to the public for comment," the announcement notes.  "The MPSC will then work to identify strategies to implement each of the goals and objectives.  Several areas of other information (comprehensive planning standards, capital projects, zoning) will need to be examined in relation to this work."

There may also be a master plan survey, which is being discussed by the Town Board, according to the announcement, .

A projected timeline anticipates completion of a draft document by April 2015, followed by an environmental review. A public hearing on the draft would be held in June 2015, followed by revisions. Public hearings on a final master plan draft would be held in September 2015 and a Town Board adoption of the master plan would be in November 2015.

Previous coverage of the master plan update process is available here.

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