FAQ

For further inquiries about the plan please contact:

Sabrina D. Charney Hull, AICP Director of Planning.
plan@mynewcastle.org
P. (914) 238-4723 

Allow up to 48 hours for a reply Monday - Friday. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a form-based code?

A form-based code is a means of regulating land development to achieve a specific urban form. It is a way to regulate development that controls building form first and building use second, with the purpose of achieving a particular type of “place” or built environment based on the vision of a community.

Q. What is the purpose of Chappaqua’s comprehensive plan?

The New Castle Comprehensive plan sets forth policy statements, goals and actions that will enable New Castle to navigate shifts in the world today and continue to thrive as a desirable place to live, work and play for generations to come. 

Q. What is the goal of rezoning the Chappaqua Hamlet? 

The goal is to ensure that all ele­ments of the built envi­ron­ment, includ­ing land use, trans­porta­tion, hous­ing, ener­gy, and infra­struc­ture, work togeth­er to pro­vide sus­tain­able, green places for liv­ing, work­ing, and recre­ation, with a high qual­i­ty of life. Specifically, the Form Based Code will create the structure to diversify the town's housing stock and revitalize the existing business area.

Q. Will the rezoning change the history of Chappaqua?

No. All devel­op­ment should com­ple­ment and main­tain the bucol­ic char­ac­ter of the community’s neigh­bor­hoods. Amend­ments to the Town’s zon­ing reg­u­la­tions should be craft­ed as to ensure that the devel­op­ment that occurs is con­sis­tent with the bucol­ic char­ac­ter of the Town’s res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hoods and to encour­age devel­op­ment that keeps with the den­si­ty, scale, char­ac­ter and aes­thet­ic qual­i­ty of the exist­ing built envi­ron­ment in the Town’s var­i­ous zon­ing districts, while meeting the goals of the Comprehensive Plan.

Q. Is the Chappaqua form-based code a construction project?

This legislation is not a construction project. This form-based code offers opportunities for property owners to reinvest and redevelop their properties in the hamlet to help build the goals of the communities as outlined in the Comprehensive Plan.

Q. Does changing the legislation mean development on the Town-owned land?

It is important to understand that changing the legislation does not mean developing the Town-owned land. This project only changes legislation, it does not change the ownership of Town property, and it does not change the use of Town property as it exists today. If the Town Board is interested in developing Town owned land for the public’s good, it has to go through a local referendum process, which means the community will vote on it. The current process is to change the existing zoning to allow a future based upon what the community has told us through the Comprehensive Plan.