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Kick-Off for Public Participation Identification of Ideas

As a part of the Comprehensive Plan, we are asking the public for ideas for the Comprehensive Plan: What problems need to be addressed? What areas need to be studied? What opportunities can we build upon? What is your vision for the Town?

Ideas were gathered at our Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Workshop held on October 25, 2007 and will continue to be gathered at each of the Hamlet Area Workshops. E-mails and letters throughout the process are also welcome, so please feel free to drop us a line. Please know that we will not be addressing specific questions or comments at this time; we are simply gathering comments that organized citizen committees will be addressing as a part of their research. At the May Town-Wide Workshop, we will present and discuss ideas from Kick-Off and Area Workshops, along with initial research

At the Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Workshop, participants were asked to attend one of seven focus sessions, each dealing with a different aspect of the Comprehensive Plan:

  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Resources
  • Health, Safety & Welfare
  • Historic & Cultural Resources
  • Housing
  • Recreation, Parks & Open Space
  • Transportation

At each of the hour-long focus sessions, citizens provided ideas for the Comprehensive Plan. Verbal comments were recorded on large notepads at each session and a final "wrap-up" session at the end of the evening. The public also submitted written comments on index cards.

The following is a list of verbatim comments:

Focus Session

Comment

Economic Dev.

Lack of vibrancy in downtown areas.

Economic Dev.

Needs shops, parking, trees, benches, fountains (street landscaping).

Economic Dev.

Solicit upscale shops.

Economic Dev.

Find alternative funding to place power lines underground

Economic Dev.

Establish BID.

Economic Dev.

Brain Drain-we need high paying jobs here.

Economic Dev.

Reasonable cost housing.

Economic Dev.

Availability of commercially zoned land.

Economic Dev.

Nanuet Mall redevelopment.

Economic Dev.

Benchmarking other Towns-are we competitive/"best practices"

Economic Dev.

Arts-bring artists to town.

Economic Dev.

Focus attention on hamlet centers.

Economic Dev.

Streamline permitting process in signage, etc.

Economic Dev.

Shovel ready sites.

Economic Dev.

Visual continuity.

Economic Dev.

Compare Ridgewood, NJ.

Economic Dev.

What type of industry do we go after? Tax base? Jobs? What is most important?

Economic Dev.

Need overall plan (e.g. consider increased truck traffic, more police etc.).

Economic Dev.

Plan future infrastructure.

Economic Dev.

Involve youth to attract them to return to live & work here.

Economic Dev.

Parking-not pretty-park behind bldgs., bring bldgs. to sidewalks & parking garage.

Economic Dev.

Need parking plan.

Economic Dev.

What size & type of businesses should we attract?

Economic Dev.

Maple Ave. good model of success (streetscaping)-businesses would want to be there/would attract investment.

Economic Dev.

Need staff/professional to attract businesses-pedestrian mall?/one-way streets.

Economic Dev.

Strong demographics.

Economic Dev.

Great location (near NYC) -wider sidewalks to increase pedestrian traffic - maintain sidewalks/weeds -clean up trash - graffiti on public bldgs./facilities.

Economic Dev.

Have pro-active plan for maintenance of areas - monitoring follow up on public $ already invested (ROI) -spend $ on public parks so they want to go there - zoning & code enforcement (private business should be required to keep up properties).

Economic Dev.

Streetscape -public art.

Economic Dev.

Subsidize local artists (fine arts).

Economic Dev.

Bureaucracy -speed up process -fill vacant space -need to be proactive to manage the process.

Economic Dev.

Dedicated staff to work w/businesses so they can thrive.

Economic Dev.

Market research needed to survey gaps in retail.

Env. Resources

Conservation

Env. Resources

Management - Pollution

Env. Resources

Why do we give up control of water mgmt & recovery of control?

Env. Resources

Building

Env. Resources

Flooding

Env. Resources

Development

Env. Resources

Commercial & Residential

Env. Resources

What plans are in place to address ongoing flooding?

Env. Resources

Corrective measures?

Env. Resources

Timeline?

Env. Resources

Ongoing monitoring of water flow.

Env. Resources

Monitor construction & its impact on water

Env. Resources

Project planning & review.

Env. Resources

Inter-agency cooperation.

Env. Resources

Hold off on building until flooding impact is known.

Env. Resources

Tree/Vegetation removal -air quality, habitat & water quality

Env. Resources

Jurisdiction -who governs what? County vs State control.

Env. Resources

Building moratorium until zoning is changed.

Env. Resources

Limit building/development matches resources.

Env. Resources

Climate changes.

Env. Resources

Energy issues -building codes, efficiency, energy cert., standards of usage, i.e...., water use. Points system for conservation.

Env. Resources

LEED vs Green Building Council

Env. Resources

Water run-off -where does it go after reservoirs are full?

Env. Resources

Additional reservoir storage.

Env. Resources

Jurisdiction coordination.

Env. Resources

Improvement coordination.

Env. Resources

Mining of quarries -influence zoning so those areas are locally controlled?

Env. Resources

Is energy use captured?

Env. Resources

Alternate energy generation?

Env. Resources

Thermal heat

Env. Resources

Wind power

Env. Resources

Geothermal

Env. Resources

Biofuel

Env. Resources

Composting - Capturing methane from Town supply

Env. Resources

Wetland protection/preservation.

Env. Resources

Individual energy generation (renewable energy).

Env. Resources

Consideration re: taxes on wetlands, other parcels (tax breaks).

Env. Resources

Can Town buy open spaces & protect them?

Env. Resources

Conservation

Env. Resources

Preservation rights.

Env. Resources

Give tax breaks for "green" usage - private or developers.

Env. Resources

Public buildings -green usage?

Env. Resources

Solar energy

Env. Resources

Energy expert to work on staff with homeowners, et al re: conservation.

Env. Resources

Ridgeline preservation

Env. Resources

Small vs large homes.

Env. Resources

Re-use/recycle water.

Env. Resources

Green construction/alteration of buildings (roofs).

Env. Resources

Resource accountable planning vs engineering patchwork.

Env. Resources

Improve planning prior to development i.e., check potential impact on area.

Env. Resources

Emphasis on the planning process.

Env. Resources

Hire a naturalist to identify our Town resources, habitats, geology, etc./advertising/promoting the Town.

Env. Resources

Educate the public.

Env. Resources

Wildlife protection.

Env. Resources

Leave some areas underdeveloped.

Env. Resources

Environmental advocate position on board: focus on best use of environment.

Env. Resources

Advocate should be visible; meet with parents/kids.

Env. Resources

Dumping problems. Homeowner & commercial issues.

Env. Resources

Be accountable for one's own trash's

Env. Resources

Property maintenance.

Env. Resources

Appropriate recycling & penalties.

Env. Resources

Flight plans/noise/pollution.

Env. Resources

Thruway noise.

Env. Resources

Publicize more about recycling. Need more education on recycling.

Env. Resources

Task force on global warming.

Env. Resources

What are global warming impacts?

Env. Resources

Task force on water use.

Env. Resources

Energy conservation in bldgs., esp. off hour use.

Env. Resources

What is the true mission of DEC? (Local)

Env. Resources

Tree removal/preservation.

Env. Resources

Can Town control tree removal by developers in new construction?

Env. Resources

Shade tree commission re-instatement.

Env. Resources

Determination of which trees are removed.

Health S & W

Emergency access for emergency vehicles

Health S & W

Recruitment retaining - vol. services, fire & ambulance.

Health S & W

Integration of all emergency services.

Health S & W

Update of code.

Health S & W

Enforcement of these codes.

Health S & W

Education of public to codes.

Health S & W

Education & prevention reference fire safety.

Health S & W

Evacuation plans -public bldgs., schools (Clarkstown So.) ingress & egress.

Health S & W

Adequate lighting & signage for streets.

Health S & W

Increase public transportation (safety concerns) sidewalks/shoulders -width of roadway.

Health S & W

Flooding concerns.

Health S & W

911 concerns - cell phone & correct address.

Health S & W

Increased traffic enforcement -proper signage (visibility).

Health S & W

Driver safety education.

Health S & W

Commercial vehicle concerns -recycle trucks.

Health S & W

Adequate medical services.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Identify the current cultural sites in the Town.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Status of Vanderbilt railroad station that is supposed to be moved to Bradlees shopping center.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Concern regarding Cropsey House being maintained as a cultural & historic site open to public.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Cultural resources have not been emphasized enough in Clarkstown.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Bring "Art in Public Places" Program to Clarkstown (County Plan) (1% of any public bonded project).

Hist. Cult. Res.

Public art is a stimulant to the community.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Better identification & accessibility to Town historic sites.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Restore historic plagues & sites in Town (Highway Dept.).

Hist. Cult. Res.

Plan should develop active Historic & Cultural assessment awareness.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Historical locations on map for education, business & public relations for Town.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Must develop inter-municipal historical coordination & districts.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Focus attention on maintaining historical sites in Valley Cottage -Storms Tavern in particular.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Document current historical site inventory in Town.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Maintain landscaping/cleanliness of historic sites.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Address the overall maintenance of abandoned cemeteries.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Participation for Historic Preservation in "Community Preservation Act" levy.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Create a strong Comprehensive Historic Preservation Law to preserve existing historic sites.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Publicize ground rules associated with Historic Preservation Law.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Emphasize that Historic Preservation & Open Space should go hand in hand in any Comprehensive Plan. Clear definitive statement of policy.

Housing

Affordable vs Senior Housing

Housing

Town builds - use open space.

Housing

Housing Authority.

Housing

Preference to residents ≤$400,000.

Housing

Town subsides.

Housing

Effect of open spaces -makes costs rise.

Housing

Affordable not for seniors only.

Housing

Illegal apartments - enforcement.

Housing

AAR did not help.

Housing

Affordable based on years in Clarkstown.

Housing

Housing vs water needs.

Housing

All changes in land use must be based on needs of people who live here now!

Housing

Volunteer emergency services housing. Young people can not afford housing.

Housing

Auxiliary apartments - young & old.

Housing

Impact of multi-family houses.

Housing

Area should remain countrified.

Housing

Increase setbacks.

Housing

Impact of AAR on property.

Housing

Taxes if seniors move in.

Housing

Moratorium on building until Comprehensive Plan is completed for developments & zone changes.

Housing

Height profiles - no high rises.

Parks & Rec.

Acquire open space in Nyack - waterfront.

Parks & Rec.

Inter-town funds to buy land - waterfront.

Parks & Rec.

Peterson's Boatyard - acquire.

Parks & Rec.

Join with not for profit to acquire waterfront property.

Parks & Rec.

Hamlet Green in New City.

Parks & Rec.

Youth programs.

Parks & Rec.

Use pools year round.

Parks & Rec.

Dog parks.

Parks & Rec.

Bike lanes/trials.

Parks & Rec.

Mountain biking.

Parks & Rec.

Cooperation between the Town and State parks.

Parks & Rec.

Bike trail around Lake Deforest.

Parks & Rec.

Beach access at Town lakes.

Parks & Rec.

Maintenance at ladies bathrooms at Germonds pool.

Parks & Rec.

Adult swim lane at Congers Pool/Germonds Pool.

Parks & Rec.

Open pool up earlier - Lake Nanuet.

Parks & Rec.

Ice rink - covered.

Parks & Rec.

Trail way around Congers Lake.

Parks & Rec.

Long Path hiking trail of Rt. 9W.

Parks & Rec.

Map of hiking trails/bike paths -sent to residents.

Parks & Rec.

Cooperation between Town/State/County -maps of parks.

Parks & Rec.

Listing so parks -Town/State/County in Spring/Summer brochure.

Parks & Rec.

Deer problem.

Parks & Rec.

Publicize that we are looking for open space -contact civic associations.

Parks & Rec.

Identify a land that is tax delinquent -work with homeowners to use land.

Parks & Rec.

Purchase Joseph's House in Valley Cottage.

Parks & Rec.

Congers Community Center - rehabilitated.

Parks & Rec.

Suggestion boxes at centers.

Transportation

Plan for sidewalks and their connectivity to public areas.

Transportation

Commuter - maintain and expand lots.

Transportation

Keep the Clarkstown lots because they are free -make other lots free.

Transportation

Because of Metro North upgraded service - more need for parking.

Transportation

Bicycle storage at commuter lots.

Transportation

Bicycle path to public transportation.

Transportation

Safety of pedestrians.

Transportation

Safety of bicycle drivers.

Transportation

Pedestrian walkways @ major intersections.

Transportation

Re-evaluate bus ridership so buses are full.

Transportation

Consider future plans, i.e. -Tappan Zee Bridge light rail service.

Transportation

Consider future plans, i.e. - Tunnel Trans Hudson Express - Weehawkin to NYC with rail to Spring Valley.

Transportation

RC truck study - coordinate with Town.

Transportation

Expand hours of Mini Trans to accommodate expanded mass trans schedules.

Transportation

Truck traffic increase - Rts.. 9W and 303.

Transportation

Palisades Mall expansion possibility - impact on traffic.

Transportation

Communications with trucking companies on use of Town roads.

Transportation

West Shore Railways - right of ways.

Transportation

All airports including Stewart connectivity.

Transportation

Increased traffic -impact of transportation on the environment (alternate fuels).

Transportation

Equipment replacement of Town buses for modern, efficient and up to date (green).

Transportation

Bus connectivity to local shopping & other mass transit.

Transportation

Parking in rear of bldg. -more walker friendly.

Transportation

Sidewalks maintenance - who will maintain.

Transportation

100% school busing.

Transportation

Increase connecting bike & hiking trails.

Transportation

Create pathways & walkways where there are opportunities.

Transportation

Connect commuter lots to waterways.

Transportation

Create Rockland Lake lot to ferry or other mass transit.

Transportation

Consider more bus stops (Mini Trans).

Transportation

Future development planned around public transportation.

Transportation

Improve Clarkstown South High School entranced & exit.

Transportation

Preserve the Piermont Branch for future commuting needs.

Transportation

Train service in downtown areas.

Transportation

Bus shelter upgrades for looks & comfort (plus trains).

Transportation

Safe & convenient transit through Downtown New City & other hamlets for pedestrians.

Transportation

Reduce curb cuts for safer travel.

Transportation

Safer train crossings & elimination of some if possible.

Final

Unusual purchases require Town referendum.

Final

Clarkstown is part of world - recognize place in world.



Card

Comment

Economic Dev.

To develop Bradlees & other areas.

Economic Dev.

Analyze the type of businesses we want to attract in different areas. Offer incentives to attract those businesses. Perhaps have the different hamlets offer different attractions or businesses, i.e., put a few high end stores near each other (Talbots, Bloomingdales, or bridal shops & related businesses.

Economic Dev.

Large industry is interested in hospital and health care. Interested parties in local government should interface to make sure local hospitals have long term technology plans in place visa a vie demographic needs. Seek government help - the National Arboretum can help with free & low cost trees. Seek out famous perhaps former resident who have foundations that can help improve health care & pickup costs for under ground utilities. Government funding/Sate funding for business relocations. Reduced business and shopping taxes for a limited time to induce business more.

Health S & W

Crime problem in some neighborhoods, including my neighborhood round Geraldine Place, New City, where there has been a recent & on going rash of burglaries. Are Neighborhood Watch Programs the answer? More police patrolling areas where there has been such activity reported? More street lighting? Awareness advertising on local TV & newspapers?

Housing

What about volunteer housing! Affordable rentals, town houses, single family. In the Supervisor's Town speech in January, it was one of his 3 goals for Clarkstown.

Housing

Interested in low income, disabled senior housing, 55+.

Parks & Rec.

Concerned about use of our pools by other towns in exchange for golfing privileges.


Concerned re air traffic - 600 planes over Rockland in 2008.


Relative to "downtown business improvement centers", could each hamlet have a unique theme that attracts different people all the time.


Have a landscape company "adopt" the causeway. It has great, aesthetic, potential with magnificent, panoramic views. A landscaper could beautify it & put up their signage for free advertising.


Encourage innovation & vision. Plan not based on past but vision of future.


Light pollution -use down lights wherever possible. We are losing our night sky. Owls can't hunt, rodents multiply environmental impact. Deer overwhelming problem -dangerous on roads. Very costly. Need for property fences, deer spray, fences between neighbors.-Road deaths.


How much more development can this county/township realistically take? Concerned about taxes highway & streets. Traffic congestion - can this be eased? Not if we continue to develop. What kind of realistic evacuation plans can be developed.


Avoid glorifying/providing for the automobile. Transportation modes will change. Acquire corridors for pedestrian/bicycle type/smaller vehicular access.


Work with United Water to obtain canoe access to the Hackensack River just below the Lake Deforest Dam at Old Mill Road. Willing to work on developing a plan in conjunction with the Appalachian Mountain Club, NY/North Jersey Chapter. Activities to include - environmental conservation, education, wildlife observation etc., annual clean-up, security observation.