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Clarkstown Starts Hamlet Planning Meetings


Building on the success of its Town Wide Comprehensive Plan ‘Kick Off’ on October 25th ,which drew over 150 Town residents, Clarkstown will be holding the first of five Hamlet Area Meetings on Monday, December 3, 2007 from 7-9:00 pm at the Nanuet High School. Residents from Nanuet, Spring Valley and Bardonia received ‘invitation cards’ in the mail and ‘meeting flyers’ were provided to civic groups and the Nanuet High School. 


The Town’s first Comprehensive Plan which dealt with land use issues was developed in 1966. It was updated in 1999. What makes this 2007 Comprehensive Plan different from the earlier plans is the fact that it is being modeled after an Environmental Impact Statement and its unprecedented outreach to residents.


Town Supervisor Alex Gromack said, “I like to call this plan the Town’s first comprehensive, Comprehensive Plan. We will use some of the same public participation formats in developing this plan as we used during our successful recreational forums. The Town Board, the town planners, our engineers, our public safety personnel, all of us are reaching out to our residents. We want them to tell us what’s on their minds, what they worry about and what they want this town to be in the next 5-10 years. In addition”, said Gromack, “we’ve retained experts in economic development, biodiversity and public outreach to help guide us through the process.”


The October 25, 2007 kick off was the first of four Town Wide meetings scheduled for the Comprehensive Plan.  The Special Board for the Comprehensive Plan which was created by the Town Board in November 2006 designed the Hamlet Area meetings to encourage even more public involvement and participation in the comprehensive planning process. 


The Hamlet Area meetings will generally mirror the set up of the Town Wide kick off meeting. They will start with a brief introduction and welcome by Supervisor Alex Gromack and Town Board Members. Town Planner, Joe Simoes will follow with a ‘power point’ overview that will explain the ‘what, how, why and when’ of the Comprehensive Plan.


Following the introduction and overview, residents will be invited to choose one of seven focus groups lead by volunteer facilitators dealing with: economic development; environmental resources; health, safety and welfare; historic and cultural resources; housing; recreation, parks and open space.


The concerns raised by residents during the focus group discussions will become the issues addressed in the Comprehensive Plan. When completed in 2009, the Comprehensive Plan will be the Town’s ‘road map’ for the next 5-10 years.



Hamlet Area Meeting Schedule (all meetings run from 7:00-9:00pm)


Hamlet Area:                 Date           Meeting Location:



Spring Valley                12/3/07       Nanuet High School



West Nyack                  12/13/07     Clarkstown South

Nyack                                               High School

Central Nyack     



Valley Cottage              1/10/08       Valley Cottage

Upper Nyack                                    Elementary



Congers                         1/24/08       Congers

Rockland Lake                                Community Center



New City                             2/4/08         Clarkstown North

                                                          High School

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