Clarkstown Comprehensive Plan Update

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Comments will be accepted until the end of the 2020 year. The draft goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan Update can now be viewed in the Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation posted in the "Documents" section of this webpage.

Thank you for joining us as we work to update the Town's 2009 Comprehensive Plan! The Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for land use decisions within the Town, and covers a broad range of topics. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, please click on the "Comprehensive Plan Background and FAQ" link under the "Documents" section of this webpage. Also in this section is the "Draft Scoping Document" for the Environmental Impact Statement associated with the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Visit this page to share your ideas and vision for the future of the Town of Clarkstown, and to learn about upcoming meetings, important dates and the progress of the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Please note that the comments you leave through the website will be available for view by others visiting the site, only the Username chosen at registration will be displayed along with your comment. To leave a comment confidentially, please submit an email to compplan2020@clarkstown.org.

Please limit comments to those specific to the Comprehensive Plan, your vision for the Town's future, and those policies and/or changes that could be made to achieve this vision. To view the progress that has been made on the goals and objectives of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan, please click on the "Summary of Progress on Goals and Objectives of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan" link under the "Documents" section of this webpage. For concerns requiring immediate attention, please contact the appropriate Town Department.

Use the tools below to submit standard written comments, or use the seven maps below to submit comments pinned to a specific location and theme on a map of Town. You must first register using the "Register to get involved" link before leaving a comment.

Comments will be accepted until the end of the 2020 year. The draft goals and objectives of the Comprehensive Plan Update can now be viewed in the Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation posted in the "Documents" section of this webpage.

Thank you for joining us as we work to update the Town's 2009 Comprehensive Plan! The Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for land use decisions within the Town, and covers a broad range of topics. For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, please click on the "Comprehensive Plan Background and FAQ" link under the "Documents" section of this webpage. Also in this section is the "Draft Scoping Document" for the Environmental Impact Statement associated with the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Visit this page to share your ideas and vision for the future of the Town of Clarkstown, and to learn about upcoming meetings, important dates and the progress of the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Please note that the comments you leave through the website will be available for view by others visiting the site, only the Username chosen at registration will be displayed along with your comment. To leave a comment confidentially, please submit an email to compplan2020@clarkstown.org.

Please limit comments to those specific to the Comprehensive Plan, your vision for the Town's future, and those policies and/or changes that could be made to achieve this vision. To view the progress that has been made on the goals and objectives of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan, please click on the "Summary of Progress on Goals and Objectives of the 2009 Comprehensive Plan" link under the "Documents" section of this webpage. For concerns requiring immediate attention, please contact the appropriate Town Department.

Use the tools below to submit standard written comments, or use the seven maps below to submit comments pinned to a specific location and theme on a map of Town. You must first register using the "Register to get involved" link before leaving a comment.

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CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

It is with great pleasure that I share my support for Clarkstown's consideration of residential housing to be constructed at major retail centers. Also, consideration of commercial space, such as hotels, at these sites is additional evidence of the town's appreciation for 21st Century approaches to economic development.As a member of the Executive Committee of the Governor's Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, I have seen the value of mixed use developments (Retail, Commercial and Housing) throughout our region and look forward to such development in Clarkstown.It is no surprise to me that Clarkstown has reached this moment as it has a history of forward thinking regarding economic development. Current considerations follow findings and recommendations contained in the 2008 Economic Development Strategy Report, which specifically identified that Malls in Clarkstown would be changing. As President/CEO of the Rockland Business Association, I was proud to serve on the committee that generated that report.Additionally, I had the honor of serving on Supervisor Hoehmann"s Transition Team (focusing on issues regarding economic development) and on his Business & Economic Development Committee of 2019, which recommended the lifting of the restrictive covenant at Palisades Center.I believe that adding housing (both market rate and affordable) at places like the Palisades Center and the Shops at Nanuet is a natural extension of Clarkstown's on-going consideration of the importance of these facilities as economic engines benefiting town residents and all of Rockland.Located adjacent to major roadways, these retail centers offer accessible public transportation to other venues within Clarkstown, the rest of Rockland and the new bridge offers enhanced benefits for commutation and tourism which would benefit these centers.Changes such as these will preserve Clarkstown's tax base, support major employment centers and help to provide a bright future for all residents.

Al Samuels 20 days ago

I am writing to support the construction of both residential and/or hotel space at the Palisades Center. As the CEO of a business that serves the community, we know that housing that is accessible is nearly non existent. This is an opportunity to innovate and improve access to housing for any Rockland resident. The need for residential space for the next generation and the need for Hotel space for the customers and travelers are vital to a growing economy here in Rockland. We must think about our future and evolving the "retail" space into a community, dining, entertainment and resource environment! Building a hotel and or residential units at this central location can do a few things including: Creation of construction and permanent jobs; Supporting the local economy; Generate revenue for the town; create a true live/work/shop/play community! I hope the people of the town will see this opportunity and move forward.

Cmartinez 22 days ago

Watch this video clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmlnv3riJSY from "Now You Know". It talks about why Westport, CT police department purchased a Tesla for their police cars. Tesla would save the town money in the long run and the video talks about additional advantages. Teslas are fully electric cars and could be tied into our Green electrical grid. I believe when the Tesla Cyber truck would be a better car for our police cars. It will start to be built next year. The body is made out of stainless steel which will harder to dent and be scratched easily. The windows will be laminated for better protection for the officers. Lets start being leaders of our future.

ErwinR 28 days ago

I am in in support of zoning modifications that will allow retail venues within Clarkstown to fully evolve. Roy

Roy 30 days ago

I am in support of zoning modifications that will allow retail venues within Clarkstown to fully evolve.

Roy 30 days ago

I’m a big believer in the ARTS driving both econ9mic development and quality of like in communities. What about taking long vacant stores and giving these spaces to artists for $1 a year rent. When these artists open up there studios on a regular basis, people will follow and then business patronage will follow the people. It’s a no brained. Also p, a more aggressive “art in outdoor places” also is a stimulus for economic growth and quality of life. No need to recreate this wheel—there are plenty of success stories in the country. You just need political will to make it happen.

Larry Beck about 1 month ago

I am writing to support the proposal of constructing residential space on the properties of our two major retail centers, The Shops at Nanuet and the Palisades Center. Firstly, projects of this size would create hundreds of construction jobs at a point where the job market needs a significant boost. Residential spaces attached to these shopping facilities would allow both properties to diversify their offerings and stay relevant, much-needed economic engines for Rockland County. Additional residential space would also significantly contribute to the tax base, thus lessening the economic burden the citizens of Rockland have endured during this devastating pandemic. Lastly, the residents of these spaces would most likely be predominantly young adults who would become valuable customers of our local businesses and supporting members of our broader community. In these challenging times, we need to explore all possible ways to grow and adapt to sustain the progress we have all worked so hard for. I thank you for your consideration. Anthony CapreseNyack, NY

AnthonyCaprese about 1 month ago

When will developers be required to landscape new or existing properties. We are so close to New Jersey towns where that is a mandatory requirement, residential properties must be landscape before construction begins. Landscaping is cheap compared to the value add for our town.

Pleasanthill about 1 month ago

I know I speak for many others when I issue the following statement.It is my hope that Clarkstown finally addresses the issue following the Pickleball players playing on the only "hockey rink" in Clarkstown at Congers Lake Park. Over the years hockey players have played at this rink multiple times a week time and time again as it is the only hockey rink available to Clarkstown residents. As of recent, Pickleball players have been allowed to also play their sport on this hockey rink. As hockey players we are limited to the surface and environment you are able to play on given the nature of the sport. We find it to be a simple solution to move the very flexible playing environment of Pickleball else where so everybody is satisfied and safe at playing their respective sports. As a hockey player it is critical to have a rink with a smooth surface, nets, and boards in order to play our respective sport. As apposed to Pickleball, which can be played on 5 different types of playing surfaces (grass, blacktop, sand, tennis-court, and dirt fields ) allowing for many more options as to where the sport is able to be played, we would simply ask for Pickleball to be moved to a different location as this is our ONLY hockey rink available to us and we are limited to the this one rink. With Pickleball now being allowed to play in this rink we are even more limited and unfavored in our very own environment that our sports call for. Along with limiting our playing time, Pickleball has also caused unnecessary wear and tear on the rink itself, making it harder for skaters, and less safe for players of all ages, especially little kids who are also just starting out in the sport of hockey. Please, we ask whoever is in charge to finally address this issue and get the headache off of everybody's plates. We would be grateful to see change in this aspect.Thank you.

astar416 about 1 month ago

Congers Lake Park has become absolutely beautiful, thank you for the work thats gone into it. It's a pleasure to live here and be able to use the hockey rink with our current group and newcomers over the last decade of playing here. It's the only hockey/roller rink in Clarkstown for players and kids on scooters, skates, etc. The only issue that comes up nowadays is when encountering pickleball on the "hockey rink." I can appreciate those who play and enjoy pickleball and I know many of them, but unlike hockey, it can be played on virtually any hard surface and setting it up is cost-effective (paint/nets). When the lines went on the hockey rink it created problems/hazards between sand, netting, and timing issues to share with pickleball. While there has been a schedule made for it, the real fix is to create a separate pickleball area somewhere else in the town and renew the hockey rink to hockey players, box lacrosse, and our kids who enjoy riding their bikes, scooters and skates on the flat pavement WITHOUT having to worry about sand, scuffed paint (done by the town), moving pickleball nets and getting into unnecessary disputes with our fellow residents. This would be a win-win situation for both pickleball and hockey since there are plenty of other places across the town to reestablish pickleball. Unless there are plans for a new hockey rink to be built, there is no where else for us and our kids to go and play in an enclosed rink without leaving the town. I'm imploring the town to create a separate pickleball court/area, so the hockey rink can be used without hazard and discord like it used to be a couple years back. We have created a large group of hockey players over the years who are looking forward to playing again once things open up. When I talk to people in the town about this situation everyone's solution is similar since objectively, it's a no-brainer. We're very proud to live here, but it's a shame when we have to drive out of town to go play hockey when we have a hockey rink right here in our beautiful park. Looking forward to the updates, thanks!

Nick about 1 month ago

Has there ever been a discussion about a town composting program? I think this would be a great initiative for Clarkstown and would be amazing for the environment and local community farms. Just a thought and was curious. Let me know. Thanks.Brian

bbernasconi about 1 month ago

Many years ago, when my children were in elementary school (they are now in their 30"s), I requested sidewalks on Red Hill Rd from Carrie to when the sidewalks currently start. I was told they would not be done because no children are walking to school, to which I commented that without sidewalks, of course they are no walking. Aside from children, I, as an adult walk everyday on Red Hill Rd, as well as countless others that I pass. Having no sidewalks is dangerous to walkers and the cars that move over into on coming traffic when they pass a walker.My other pet peeve is a traffic turn signal at Little Tor Rd and Burda. It is dangerous to make a left hand turn going northbound. I was told by the town many years ago that this would be completed when roadwork was done, in order to use I believe it was, Federal dollars. All roadwork projects were completed, without a turn signal. I especially worry about the teenagers.

mrspaper about 2 months ago

Looking for the Best Apple Pie recipe? Then I am NOT your Man, I might suggest talking to a Baker. Pain in your mouth and need a tooth pulled? I am Not your Man, I would recommend speaking to a dentist. But if you are asking questions on housing needs in Rockland? Then I AM THE MAN. As a Broker/Owner of a Real Estate Company in New City for over 28 years, along with other professional realtors, I am in the industry of housing needs and services. Looking for statistical numbers? We are in the field every day. Rockland and with regards to Clarkstown is a special place to live and work. With regards to some spring zoom meetings I attended and with respect to some needs of the residents...As a professional, I can say that 21 percent of Rocklanders when it comes time to downsize and sell their primary homes tend to head off to New Jersey (Bergen), where there are a multitude of 55 and older complexes that meet their living needs and desires. Along with their move, they also take their spending money which Rockland Businesses need and depend on! Land is precious here in Clarkstown along with the rest of the county, but we do need more rental housing for area. Clarkstown is a place where people DO want to live in. It could be a young couple starting off, to a single parent looking to keep their child in the district. A large market that we are losing to other areas and States are the 55+ demographic. I personally grew up in New City, went to Clarkstown Schools and although I reside in Stony Point, my office has been here in Clarkstown for the love I have of this community. When I sold my parents home in New City in 1990 we searched for a community that would allow them the same comforts that they had been accustomed to. There was little or none at that time.. and sadly.. not much has changed in 30 years. One way housing could be increased which the town should consider is Height over acreage. To take a smaller parcel and build up. We have seemed to be ok with that when it came to commercial buildings ..ex "the Bennigan's Building" Squadron Blvd. along with others. I definitely do not want to make our town a city scape, but by increasing the height limits would allow this needed housing to be built allowing people indoor garages along with other wanted amenities on less land. Working with a large senior cliental, one of my biggest challenges when selling their home is.. Now Where do I Find You Something? It is sad to see so many people who built Rockland leave Rockland when they have no choices. We need to start making "smart decision's"

MichaelGalgano 3 months ago

Hello as a senior resident of Clarkstown for many years and also a local Realtor serving the housing needs for this community I make the following recommendations for your consideration please. We need the new building codes to support an additional story like 4 stories not 3 to support underground parking and allow the elevators to go to that level. All residents and especially seniors need and want convenient indoor parking. Many of our residents are used to having garages when they used to own a home. Additionally having an additional story would enable shorter hallways providing for less walking, better accessibility to go from inside to outside, be safer and overall would provide better functionality for all residents. Would also like your consideration to build unrestricted age rental properties so we will have more rental options for our community as a whole.

Jane Your Community Realtor 3 months ago

As a resident of Clarkstown and a local realtor and landlord with a heavy emphasis on residential rentals for almost 30 years, I see an ever increasing demand and diminishing supply of rental homes. The town needs more rentals not just for the 55+ population, but for all age groups. Also, the town should consider increasing the 35" height restriction by at least 10' for new buildings - especially for 55+ communities - so parking garages can be provided underneath the building - easy access into the building without being exposed to rain and snow.

AmyBV 3 months ago

The Palisades Mall (PM) is the staple of Clarkstown. It put our name on the map. Everyone sees it from the Highway is very easy to access. I could see the PM to be the major transportation hub from West Nyack to NYC in less than 20 mins. There are many benefits to having this hub. It also can extend to Albany and Buffalo.This can be done faster than building the bridge. If you like the idea to increase revenues for Clarkstown and create jobs. We can discuss my ideas further.

ErwinR 3 months ago

Maintain Zoning of Single Family Housing, No high-rise residential/commercial buildings, and maintain residential zoning not to be rezoned into commercial in our communities throughout all of Clarkstown without overdevelopment.People who live on the South Side of Route  59 and further in on the blocks along these areas would like to have a Sound Barrier.  The People who live from Larch Ct. to Western Highway have experienced large volumes of noise  that interfere with sleep, work, relaxation and the overall quality of life since the Rte. 59 improvement Project was completed.  The project raised the Western Highway Bridge, realigned the road for an acceleration lane and replaced the open metal barrier between traffic with  a concrete barrier which bounces off a larger, louder volume of noise. They are asking you to add this as a concern to your comments.The Tractor Trailers and other trucks that travel to and from the Industrial Companies located along Western Highway both from Clarkstown and Orangetown need to have an access road to and from Rte. 303 to allow banning of  trucks from residential parts of Western Highway. These trucks pass homes and our village businesses and are a threat to the safety of our families, our homes and property values. There is a new owner there now called Onyx who  are looking to the town for permission and assistance to build more, and we need the two towns  to work together to negotiate a road to Rte. 303. THIS is something that we need for our neighborhood and the surrounding area. The road ,if built, would carry traffic along industrial areas and keep them away from homes and local businesses.  We need the support of everyone on this one.West Nyack Way continues to have many accidents and speeding at these entrances /exits. A light or reconstruction at the intersection of West Nyack Way & Rte. 59. Since the Rte. 59 project the North side of the bridge has a concrete wall near the sidewalk which blocks the view for traffic trying to turn on Rte. 59 going West.

Slbranc 4 months ago

Thanks for accepting needed public feedback. I am so concerned about the intensity and swiftness of climate change and this comment addresses some feedback related to this crucial issue. This comprehensive plan needs to be bold so that we are as prepared as possible, as well as do everything we can as a community to mitigate our contribution to and losses from climate change.To that end, here’s some of my feedback:CLIMATE MITIGATION & ADAPTATIONIn recent years our area has been struck by flooding, extreme wind, and severe storms in whichpower was knocked out for large parts of the community for hours, days and sometimes weeks. Trees have been downed at increasing rates, their roots weakened by the extreme weather of drought then flash floods. Establish micro-grid renewable energy-powered centers, perhaps within Clarkstown community centers, which could provide energy, heating, and cooing in emergencies.Consider working with local partners, such as schools and houses of worship to obtaingrants to establish other micro-grids and emergency centers.Plan for future severe storms, with appropriate plantings and other nature-basedfeatures to help absorb flooding.Encourage and incentivize green infrastructure beyond minimum stormwaterrequirements in all new construction.Incentivize pervious pavement or other solutions to driveways, such as gravel.Reduce requirements for parking lots in commercial development.Protect water resources in the face of projected extended drought (as well as projectedextreme precipitation).MITIGATIONBecome a Climate Smart Community!! Adopt the state universal permit for installation of solar energy projects and install as many as possible!Encourage fast transition to renewable energy, electric vehicles, and sustainable electricheating. The town can promote these strategies through educational programs and tax breaks for installation of renewable energy, residential electric vehicle charging station, sustainable electric heating such as air source heat pumps and geothermal installationRequire air source heat pumps in all new construction instead of furnaces powered bynatural gas plus air conditioning4Promote sustainable building design - i.e., design that minimizes impact onenvironment. Consider tax breaks for sustainably designed new homes, such as EnergyStar construction – and higher tax breaks for LEED certification or National Institute ofBuilding Sciences Whole Building Design certification.Launch an energy and water initiative for town buildings, including community and poolcenters. Install renewable energy to power town buildings and community centers.Encourage backyard composting of leaves and of food. Use educational programmingto teach composting of food and leaves. Set up annual dates to distribute discountedand secure (pest resistant) food composting units from CCE. Encourage mulching ofleaves in the fall in programs such as Bedford’s Leave Leaves on the Lawn. Enforce monitoring of illegal idling after aggressive educational campaign. Very few people are aware that idling beyond three minutes is illegal in Rockland County. Use public education and reminders at key spots, such as schools during pick up time, to make people aware of the law and of the harm that idling does to our air quality as well as contributing to climate problem. Cars and transportation:Proactively plan electric vehicle infrastructure and vigorously promote maps with information about electric vehicles and charging stationsIncrease the use of mini-vans or other smaller alternatives to large buses Convert to an electric bus fleet, using funding currently available from the state.Biking:Install bike racks at critical locations, such as shopping areas, parks and transit hubs.Request bike racks at state and county parks.Establish more bike lanes on critical arteriesWalking:Plant street trees to make walking more attractive.Incentivize mixed use development with small businesses included in any major new development.Thanks.

Siobhan M 5 months ago

I am concerned of what will take the place of champion camp on west clarkstown road...I believe the actual address is 175 w clarkstown.

a623perez 5 months ago

I have several comments and suggestions in reference to concerns for our Town, surrounding areas, and the neighborhood.1) Large trucks and tractor trailers that travel to and from the Industrial companies located along Western Highways on the border of Clarkstown and Orangetown need to have an access road to and from Rte. 303. These trucks pass our homes and our village businesses and are a threat to our health, safety, and quality of life. It took 30 years, and a State TruckTraffic Study to get one residential area some very visible signs restricting trucks, however many trucks still pass through.The police cannot monitor 24 hours a day. There are new owners of the industrial park who are seeking to build and we (Clarkstown) in collaboration with Orangetown need to negotiate for a safer route. (2) A Noise barrier is needed on the south side of Rte. 59 in West Nyack as the noise level has increased since changes were made by the State Rte. 59 Improvement Project. (3) We need Doscher Ave in West Nyack to be redesigned to allow for a safer entering and exiting from Rte.59 (4) I would like to see Clarkstown maintain zoning of single family housing in our communities without overdevelopment. Make sure Fire and Building codes are Legally Enforced. (5) We need affordable housing for our Seniors who have contributed for many years, for our young families just beginning their journey and for our volunteers who assist all of us. I would like to see what makes Clarkstown great. Family, community and beauty. I don't want to see cookie cutter high risers that can be an eye sore simply because they can be most cost effective. High risers pack people on top of each other. It can be isolating leading to loneliness and unpleasant especially for our seniors. These people who need affordable housing are our neighbors, siblings, children, parents and grandparents who deserve more than just a place to exist. They deserve a place to thrive. Clarkstown needs to seek development to create more open inviting places to live. We need more open connected community space that would encourage and foster healthy living habits . Clarkstown can be a leader in taking care of its people in the ways they need it the most while strengthening the bonds and values of our great town. (6) In reference to the Palisades Mall, which I know seeks to add entertainment. I think it would be beneficial to them as the owners to rent Suites to different businesses. It would provide a tenant with private office space, often sharing amenities which would be less expensive sharing the cost with multiple companies. We had a taste of what it is like for many people to work from home during the pandemic, and for many people and businesses it worked to their advantage. Sharing a work place will give a place to work outside the home, yet in the "neighborhood" without having to fight traffic, pay tolls, travel with backups adding to pollution etc. If it works, then there can be busses with routes to the Mall workplace eliminating a lot of traffic on the roads and all that comes with it. I would like to see the Mall owners open to dialogue with the people who live here to develop a plan that could be profitable to support both of us. The Mall Can be a place to work, eat, be entertained and that much more to attract people from outside and provide for those here.

Mbrancatelli 5 months ago