Clarkstown Comprehensive Plan Update

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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.

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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Access to purchasing property and growing wealth has historically been supremely uneven racially, with loan policies, redlining, and disparate access to higher education and higher paying jobs favoring White people and discriminating against people of color, especially Black people. This dynamic is as true locally as nationally. How is Clarkstown deliberately working to provide access to housing and resources for historically marginalized groups? Further, how is Clarkstown fostering a sense of safety and belonging for its residents of color? I urge the town to prioritize affordable housing, incentivize employment opportunities for people of color and contracting with BIPOC-owned businesses, and to intentionally include community members of color in its planning efforts. As our society is learning more broadly, to undo generations of systemic racism, we need to be actively anti-racist in our process and development of policy. Clarkstown's leadership must commit themselves accordingly - for the sake of, yes, my Black family members (who live in Clarkstown because the wealth my White family had access to allowed us to buy a home here), and for ensuring a community that truly supports "a more perfect union" and advances "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" equitably.

Adam 7 days ago

We have several comments and suggestions:1.) Do whatever is necessary to build an access road between Western Highway and Rt. 303. This will require collaboration with Orangetown and negotiation with the new owners of the industrial park BUT it is a matter of health, safety and quality of life.2.) Press NY State to erect a sound barrier on Rt.59 thru West Nyack. This is needed because after the State project the noise level is noticeably higher and the noise from speeders/racers is audible from afar.3.) Press the State to redesign the Dosher Avenue exit from Rt. 59 to facilitate safer entering and exiting. A traffic light would also help with cars racing.4.) Improved program for road resurfacing and push for better response from NYS. Many roads are in great need of repair and some areas (such as West Nyack Way need constant attention).5.) Institute a parking enforcement program by hiring traffic agents to go to the shopping malls and write summonses for illegal parking (such as no parking zones) and unauthorized use of handicapped parking spaces.6.) Strict enforcement of building, fire and zoning laws and codes. 7.) When large pieces of land are available consider converting the land to senior housing projects such as Thorpe Village or to mixed use buildings (ground floor commercial and upper floors residential.8.) Aggressively promote the town (and County) in the Tri-State region as a place to visit and as a place to live. This could be done in connection with local groups (such as Heritage of West Nyack), the County Historical Society, the Chambers of Commerce, Real Estate groups and other organizations. This could tie in with school day trips from around the area to West Point, Stony Point and Old Tappan.

TomHogan 9 days ago

A goal that should be included in the Town's Comprehensive Plan should deal with restructuring the role of the Police Department. The Clarkstown Police Department represents about 40% of the Town's budget and has been growing each year. The proposal I would offer is to have the Clarkstown Police do patrol only for the Town and all other police services, i.e. detective bureau, youth court,crime prevention, evidence and animal control, etc., be outsourced to the Rockland Sheriff's Department. This would eliminate duplication of police services and the overlap of jurisdictions. The Clarkstown Police do an excellent job of responding to local problems and emergencies, but the other police services should be outsourced to eliminate duplication and reduce the Towns budget costs.

Peter R 15 days ago

I would love for the town to add speed bumps on local roads, i.e. West Nyack Road, along with other roads that can be the pass through roads to main roads.

Grub 27 days ago

Through the Route 303 Sustainable Development Study, Orangetown has created the Route 303 overlay zoning district. This was done in order to increase safety and aesthetics and create a better traffic flow along Route 303 by requiring the land use boards to consider a separate set of requirements besides the normal requirements in the zoning code for all development along the roadway. It may be beneficial for Clarkstown to develop their own overlay zone along Route 303 and/or other major roadways like 304.

Michael K about 1 month ago

Comments regarding the proposed Comprehensive Plan:I live at 29 Mesa Place in Nanuet – just off of S.Pascack Rd – Convent Rd Coming off Middletown Rd – turning onto Convent Rd – pass the new fire station, cross the railroad tracks, Convent Rd turns into S. Pascack Rd – going all the way Up to Old Nyack Way – would be nice to have sidewalks and/or bicycle lane – presently dangerous for pedestrian walking and bicycling.I am a 25 year resident of Nanuet – I would like to see development of state of the art multi tenanted housing you typically might see in Hoboken, Jersey City, and some of the boroughs of New York – for our grown children who cannot yet afford a single family home – as well as those who no longer want the upkeep and regular maintenance that home ownership requires.One of the residents seemed to oppose the development of high rise buildings. However, if we had high rise buildings in Appropriate Areas – perhaps waterfront, or what is presently pure commercial (Shops at Nanuet, Palisades Mall, etc) – they are out of the way and in appropriate locations for such use and would create the excitement our county needs to keep our citizens here, and perhaps attract others to the area.I am equally sympathetic to location as not to disturb or negatively impact adjacent housing and would not expect to see a housing development adjacent to single family residences. It would be beneficial to have a re-zoning to allow under-utilized commercial properties to have the ability to convert to residential, and mixed use for apartments, retail, office, restaurants, and other similar uses. I also believe there is a need for additional housing which can also be accomplished to allow mixed use allowing for apartments above Existing retail stores, office complexes, restaurants and other similar properties – particularly for our grown children who cannot yet afford a single family home – as well as those of us baby boomers who no longer want the upkeep and regular maintenance that home ownership requires.Regarding Rockland Lake – some of the general conditions at Rockland Lake including iron fencing, wood benches and grills need replacement, repair and/or upgrade. Some of the old, rusted grills should be refurbished and/or replaced. Picnic tables as well. It would also be great if the pavement could be widened to make room for bicycles vs pedestrians walking around the lake, perhaps adding a separate bicycle lane – perhaps two separate one way lanes? Both Rockland Lake and Lake Nanuet are amazing assets to our county and greatly appreciated. Shops at Nanuet – did a tweak of the zoning 2 years ago – enabling the shops at Nanuet & Palisades mall would allow a hotel – not regular housing – but a hotel. I believe allowing residential apartments – rentals and/or condominiums with amenities, would be an asset for our young adults just getting on their feet, as well as a nice option for snow birds, baby boomers, and perhaps attract residents who are looking for built in amenities and an easy style of living, walk to everything. The old Fairway as well as the old Sears locations may be good for residential mixed use?Joe Simos spoke about the addition of bicycle lanes – alternate for vehicles – not necessarily for recreation – but bicycle lanes would be great!West Nyack, Nanuet, The Shops at Nanuet, and Palisades Mall. Discussion about the park on West Nyack Rd – adding a statue of a fireman and policeman commemorating them for their ultimate sacrifice at 911 – would be wonderful. Personally, I love the statues of hero’s and historical figures – although these are presently under attack. Palisades Center – discussion about re-assessing Palisades Center to lower the tax burden. There is a tax grievance pending. Perhaps if the owners were allowed to include a residential component, office space, Palisades Center can be a City within a City offering residents a vast number of amenities right at their back or front door. A comment was made regarding attracting people to Clarkstown. I agree that something dramatic must happen – we need to make a bit of “noise” – a huge Splash – in the form of large developments of high end mixed use buildings for seniors as well as housing for our adult children who want to remain in our county. Rather than seeing folks seeking high end housing elsewhere, it would be a great benefit to Clarkstown to emulate similar housing developments in surrounding areas, not only keep our residents right here in our county, but also attract some additional excitement to the area. Of course, keeping these proposed developments in appropriate locations as not to negatively impact or affect quality of living for existing residential neighborhoods.

Michael Coratolo about 1 month ago

Clarkstown is behind other towns in providing permanent Pickleball facilities for the ever-increasing number of residents each year who play this sport both indoors during cooler weather and outdoors when it's warmer.Some potential locations are:• King’s Park, King’s Highway, either on the fields by the basketball courts and playground OR on the huge field behind the trees by the ambulance building• Behind the Clarkstown Learning Center• Rockland Country Day SchoolPotential funding sources In addition to the Clarkstown budget are:• www.nyshealthfoundation.org - A private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers • www.aarp.org/livable-communities/community-challenge/info-2020/2020-challenge.html- Applications were due by May 2020, but this source is worth checking for future grants• New York State Assembly/Senate • Rockland County Legislature (also could provide land for courts at facilities such as Kennedy Dells Park)

Mark B about 2 months ago

Is there a possibility of adding sidewalks on Little Tor Rd between New Hempstead rd and Jawonio A lot of people out walking since the pandemic began. I have seen many families walking along the side of the road and it is extremely dangerous This area is need of sidewalks

Dee about 2 months ago

Its important to all residents that we retain as much Open Space areas in Clarkstown as possible. We have too much traffic and too many building on all of our land and we must preserve spaces that are open and retain the forests, trees and parks as possible. The Town should try to expand existing parks and gardens because residents enjoy being outside. It would be great if the Town could find Open Space for a public golf course on the solar farm.Also, the former Rockland Country Day School property should be preserved as Open Space. If additional land should become available the Town should try to purchase the land.

Peter R about 2 months ago

I’d love to see a pathway going over causeway for walking and biking all the way to Congers lake from New City also want to know what is going on with senior housing at RCDS property that directly affects my house

Donna Leavy about 2 months ago

Very simple: open the only 2 Clarkstown public tennis courts in Congers to doubles play. I won't waste your time or insult your intelligence with the obvious arguments for this. Just correct this wrong which has not been on your radar. Thank you.

bob about 2 months ago

I wanted to say how much I appreciated the teleinformation sessions on the plan. I have learned a lot and despite the fact that I have lived here since 1986, I have never really had the time to become involved in the planning of the town. I understand that Schrimpf's farm project will provide senior RENTAL housing but that leaves out millennials. The push for rentals comes from the fact that younger people can't come up with down payments for homes easily. Will there be restrictions on how much the rent can go up on the leases? They may become unaffordable for seniors longterm. I understand this is capitalism but the beauty of capitalism is that we have a middle class and at this time we have a middle class entranced in debt. For seniors who want to reside here and have an apartment attached to their existing home so that their family can take over the larger home, the idea of 3000 square feet or more leaves out many whose homes are close but not as large but who meet the land requirement. We don't want semi-attached houses such as I grew up with in Brooklyn as that will overload services but seniors who have resided here for years should be able to coexist with their own family members with impunity. if we pay taxes for that comfort, it will be less than if we have to pick up and move to areas South that will become densely populated and which may not offer the services we have here for some time to come. The pandemic has shown how in some states their respect for life comes second to their respect for taxes. I want my taxes to go down too but I think it will require shrewd judgment to get them there and it will take years to get new businesses to develop. Before my husband passed away, he felt that the Pfizer complex could have been a great place for a STEM centered complex with educational facilities etc. Can't we develop a campus for the county using BOCES for a STEM high school for the County or a senior college complimenting RCC or even Westchester or the city? We have the train there. We may have to think collectively and competitively. We are not Westchester but we offer a fine lifestyle and less density. Offering a non-sectarian educational facility would improve our chances of getting younger people here. I also wanted to address sidewalks and walkers. I am not riding a bike at this time but I love to walk. Long term we need sidewalks or paths so that it is safe to walk. I hear a lot about bikes and that is great as long as they follow the rules, but walkers are ignored for the most part. Walking to towns should be encouraged and it is difficult in many cases. I know there is some money for repairs of existing sidewalks but in the plan, many new pathways should be considered and maintained. I was very glad that environmental concerns are being put on the front burner because communities that think that way will attract younger people. Those projects will also keep energy costs down and we will see tax savings in that way. Community solar is definitely important and parking lots can be used as solar farms.I will be reading and commenting again as I learn more about the plan.

educator about 2 months ago

Hi George, You most likely have seen my name around. I name is Andrea Gennis and I am the President of the Board at Omni Parc Condominiums, off of Pipetown Hill Rd., in Nanuet. I have been watching your weekly Town Halls and making numerous comments. I will preface this by saying, that I feel all public pools should be closed for the season. My biggest issue right has to do with the Town pools and guidance for the condo pools. In the last plan meeting, someone asked about the town pools. I heard you tell say that Nanuet Lake and Congers Lake Pool will be closed. I did not completely get why. You also said that Germonds pool is still being thought about and you would know in several days. Any decision on that yet? Governor Cuomo passed that decision to the local municipalities last Thursday, June 11th., meaning Ed Day and the Town Supervisors. Ed Day, I do not think knows what to do. He announced that pools can open per Governor Cuomo back on May 28th. That is if we can and want to, but giving no guidelines except for saying by safe, etc, etc. He is still as of last Thursday is not giving guidance. I my opinion there is no way for condos to decide whether to open or keep closed their pools unless we have the guidelines. Some have already decide not to open, some already decide to open. And these are not just the CDC guidelines, the local municipalities need to create their guidelines as well. Pool guys are giving the extra cost based on the CDC guidelines, but they are not complete enough. The CDC does not say how many people per square foot of pool space, etc, etc. If Ed Day is not going to step up to the plate, then I am asking you to. What guidelines can you give us?With all due respect and thanks,Andrea Gennis

akg55 about 2 months ago

With regard to zoning - no expansion of religious zoning .

Mina Malin about 2 months ago

Regarding commercial property -Shops at Nanuet or Palisades center or empty space on Rt 59, 303 and 304 - reach out to movie productions or tv studios . Expanded medical facilities for testing or large facilities. Create satellite office space that meets new social distances and proper sanitizer guidelines. This space can also provide extra classroom space again with wider space between students for school or business training. Consider small manufacturing of PPE .

Mina Malin about 2 months ago

Give special thought to the lifestyle changes that have occurred since Covid-19. When building new housing in the community- consider muti zone use in the down areas with market rate rent and a prorated considerations to essential workers . Have apartments large enough to live and work at home with updated WiFi . The design in the living should meet the needs of different life stages with 2 bedrooms, either a nursery, home office or extra room for spouse or aide . Bench mark with Beacon New York as they had such success in expansion that they had to stop and reevaluate .

Mina Malin about 2 months ago

keep the charm, peace and quite in Clarkstown. Don’t overbuild. If we can’t agree on a suitable use of the Sain building knock down the eye sore and create a small town park

Mina Malin about 2 months ago

Look at Dr. Bill Thomas website “Changing Aging” as he promotes Age in Place and how to design a community with mixed demographic. The solution is not that all seniors move out of their house and into a senior facility.

Mina Malin about 2 months ago

I am about to submit several different comments and suggestions- first is to read a great article entitled We Need a Major Redesign of Life - article from the Washington Post 11/29/2019This is a well written article about retirement and the entire life cycle as it pertains to a community.

Mina Malin about 2 months ago

We should be able to rent to seniors on single-family housing if the house and property is large enough to accommodate. The housing rules should be adjusted.

ErwinR about 2 months ago