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New Castle Begins Hearings On Comprehensive Plan

The Town of New Castle is holding hearings on its comprehensive plan
The Town of New Castle is holding hearings on its comprehensive plan Photo Credit: File

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Hearings to develop a new comprehensive plan are now underway in the Town of New Castle.

The town held its first public hearing on April 18. The town last developed a comprehensive plan in 1989. The comprehensive plan is divided into five categories with 48 goals and 184 action items and the town hopes to adopt it this year.

The five chapters are Livable Built Environment, Harmony With Nature, Resilient Economy, Healthy Community and Responsible Regionalism

Kristen Browde, the Democratic nominee for supervisor, has said the town's inability to adopt a comprehensive plan has hurt development.

"We always hear we can't develop anything without a comprehensive plan, or this proposed development would violate the comprehensive plan," Browde said. "But is there a comprehensive plan? No. Where has this been for the last four years?"

Supervisor Robert Greenstein said developing a comprehensive plan takes time, saying the previous town board never allocated anything for the plan.

"We got the whole process started," Greenstein said. "It's on the verge of being passed."

Another hearing is scheduled for the April 25 town board meeting at 7:30 p.m. To view the Comprehensive Plan draft, click here .

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