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Update: October 13, 2017
A meeting of the Hartsdale Neighbors Association was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, which featured a proposal by local residents to request the Town to allow for zoning changes for the immediate 4 Corners. The meeting drew a highly supportive crowd of approximately 100 people.
The discussion noted the problems for residents, shoppers, commuters, shop-owners and landowners created by the status quo. The solution to these problems centers on zoning changes, and the discussion highlighted the benefits that Hartsdale would gain through the new 4C zoning. Among them are:
- Replacing existing rigid zoning rules that discourage investment by more flexible, community focused rules
- Permitting mixed-use construction
- Promoting suitably designed and right-sized buildings for the site
- Increasing pedestrian safety through movement of cross walks away from the actual corners
- Addressing traffic volume & congestion by adding dedicated right turning lanes on East & West Hartsdale Avenues
- Adding greenery, including possible green islands defining turning lanes
The presenters described Greenburgh’s deliberative and legally defined process for zoning change requests. They explained that it’s an iterative process, with a key public role. Reaction from the audience was overwhelmingly positive, with many speaking up about the need for change. When the HNA asked by show of hands whether the audience supported the proposed zoning changes, not one person opposed. At least one landowner has conveyed support for the proposed changes.
The next step for the group will be to request a working session of the Town Board, so more details can be explored.