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What's Your New Castle?

About the Project

The Town of New Castle's first comprehensive plan was adopted by the Planning Board in 1958. The most recent Town Development Plan was adopted in November of 1989. Much of the data and background materials for the 1989 Town Development Plan were compiled in 1984. The Town Board is looking to update the Town Development Plan once again. Much has changed from 1989 to the present. The Updated Master Plan will reflect this change and speak to the future of development in New Castle.

The Town Board has appointed a 5-member Steering Committee to work with the Town Planner to develop the Master Plan Update and they have hired the Pace Land Use Law Center to assist the Town with the Master Plan Outreach and Education process.

Project Update

Here's an update as to the work being done in relation to our Master Plan Update:

· January 2014: Review of Draft Westchester County Background Studies began

· July 2014: Final edits to Background Studies submitted to Westchester County this week.

· September/October 2014: Final background studies from WestchesterCounty (Timing depends on Westchester County workload).

· March 2014: Pace LandUse LawCenter hired to assist with the Public Outreach Process.

· April 2014: Pace LandUse LawCenter worked with staff and the Master Plan Steering Committee to prepare for the planned public meetings.

· April 2014: Master Plan Steering Committee began working with their various workgroups to assess the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats ("SWOT" Analysis) of the 1989 Town Development Plan.

· May/June 2014 Pace conducted seven (7) public outreach meetings

· August 2014: Final Public Outreach Document expected to be released

· September 2014: Master Plan Steering Committee "SWOT" Analysis expected to be completed.

· Fall 2014: Master Plan Steering Committee to be participating in workshops to develop the draft Goals and Objectives of the Master Plan Update. Once the draft goals and objectives have been identified, they will be circulated to the public for comment. 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.

· In addition to the things outlined above, the Town Board is currently discussing the development of a Master Plan Survey