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Nanuet, Spring Valley & Bardonia

At the Nanuet, Spring Valley & Bardonia Hamlet Area Workshop, participants were asked to provide ideas regarding seven focus topics, 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

Verbal comments were recorded on large notepads as each topic was discussed and during a final "wrap-up" session at the end of the evening. The public also submitted written comments at the workshop.

The following is a list of verbatim comments:

Focus Session
Comment
Economic Dev.
Concern about number of empty stores in Nanuet Mall. Afraid of it is being abandoned.
Economic Dev.
Afraid/concerned about possible uses for Nanuet Mall.
Economic Dev.
Pleased with Nanuet hamlet development but looking for possible upgrade of tenants.
Economic Dev.
Does Simon have a plan for the Nanuet Mall. If so, when will public be notified.
Economic Dev.
Can Town actively engage in some financial incentive to attract new business into Main Street & Route 59.
Economic Dev.
Ensure that any economic development plan for Nanuet incorporates pedestrian & bike needs.
Economic Dev.
Saratoga Associates was involved in New City revitalization plans. Will that effort be coordinated with this?
Economic Dev.
Look at Nanuet Mall for possible health & education use.
Economic Dev.
Can the Mall be used for possible senior & volunteer housing.
Env. Resources
Air traffic flight patterns may result in more noise - investigate this. 
Env. Resources
Overall concerns regarding noise - trains, planes & automobiles.
Env. Resources
Impact of TZ Bridge Plan & Stewart Airport expansion on NYS Thruway in Town. Mass transportation upgrades triggered by these initiatives.
Env. Resources
Flooding impact of future development.
Env. Resources
Pascack Brook seems polluted. Look at studying Town streams with emphasis on Pascack Brook.
Env. Resources
Create conservation zone to protect open space, parkland and historical sites to balance ongoing economic development. Include in zoning law.
Env. Resources
Town and developers to create homeowners kit educating new homeowners about the impact of removing all existing trees/shrubs.
Env. Resources
Upkeep of Town, business and residential property needs enforcement.
Env. Resources
New improved fall Leaf and Recycling Pick-up Plan.
Health S & W
Create affordable housing for Town volunteers.
Health S & W
Secondary roads off Middletown Road in need of paving (Nanuet, Englewood, Palisades and Rockland Avenue etc. (5 dead end streets).
Health S & W
First street at Normandy Village needs paving.
Health S & W
Look at overpasses/underpasses to let emergency vehicles pass by train tracks without waiting.
Health S & W
Move utilities (especially power) underground in downtown areas so fire trucks can safely access buildings.
Health S & W
Add "Yield to Pedestrian" signs in downtown areas.
Health S & W
Improve sidewalks in Nanuet with high use by children (Church St. convent Rd. and parts of Middletown Rd.). Undertake a study for pedestrian safety in high density areas like Nanuet. Look at Route 59 also.
Hist. Cult. Res.
Encourage existing movie theatres in the Town to show artistic and independent films.
Hist. Cult. Res.
Designate Nanuet historical sites and provide markings to identify.
Housing
Affordable volunteer & senior housing.
Housing
Keep track of large institutional properties to see if they can be used to meet affordable housing needs.
Housing
Investigate building moratorium town wide to stop overcrowding. Affordable housing is the only exception. Volunteers need to stay in housing for specified period to avoid flipping property to a non-volunteer.
Housing
Property owners should be allowed to do whatever they want with their property. No moratorium.
Housing
Update zoning code as part of Comprehensive Plan. Enforce the new code and limit variances.
Housing
Make sure Comprehensive Plan addresses and enforces fire and safety codes. Include provisions to deal with "blight" if foreclosures increase and also neglected and abandoned homes.
Parks & Rec.
Any new development must include Parks & Recreation space.
Parks & Rec.
Lake Nanuet does not have enough sitting/picnic areas as well as parking. Cars spill into neighborhood.
Parks & Rec.
Keep Town parks & recreational facilities limited to Town residents.
Parks & Rec.
Look for opportunity to add park/open space in Nanuet if space becomes available.
Parks & Rec.
Study feasibility of trading access to Clarkstown Parks & Rec. in exchange for access to Bluehill for golf privileges for Clarkstown residents.
Transportation
Fully investigate paving streets in Nanuet and other areas.
Transportation
Pedestrian access and safety concerns throughout town.
Transportation
Make sure parking considerations for long term mass transportation railroad links are taken into account for Nanuet, West Nyack and Congers.
Transportation
Examine ways to lessen rush hour traffic. Different traffic patterns on Route 59 corridor in particular.
Final
If Town Acquires land for open space it should be at the prevailing market rate for the property - at the time of the sale.
Final
If Town buys open space it should be forever.
Final
As population increase, look for ways to conserve water use within the Town.


Written Comments
Lake Nanuet sidewalk is not maintained. The sidewalk is in decay. Overgrowth through fence - hanging branches. Debris - Lake Nanuet, Blauvelt & Clarkstown Estate.
Spring Brook Rd. has a problem with drugs, hoodlums, loud music and noise. Lengthy letter on file. Would like to see cameras on the street, better police presence throughout the day and night.
Moratorium on condos & townhouses especially in Nanuet. Tie density issue to number of bedrooms in a dwelling.
Nanuet Mall - make it a high end mall like the "Westchester" with stores not in Palisades or an "outlet" mall like the new Bergen Mall or NJ Garden Mall.
Old Bradlees Center - offer incentives to store owners and help get Stop & Shop in there or try and attract another type of store like Whole Foods. Something that is lacking in Rockland.
Open spaces - better maintenance of these areas. 
A specific problem with Rt. 304 and Germonds Interchange. Turning left onto Germonds is problematic because light for oncoming traffic is not in sync. You assume that if your light goes red oncoming is red as well. Not the case there.
Ensure that sidewalks both existing and new meet safety guidelines.
Any new development residential/commercial should consider and address pedestrian traffic safety. *Sidewalks along Germonds going to Felix Festa Middle School.
Better promotion of Historical & Cultural resources.
Offer composting systems along with recycle bins to new homeowners.
Encourage the development and expansion of nature centers to educate residents.
I think you need to update the presentation as to the types of things you are looking for from us, i.e. mini questionnaire for each topic to get people in the right state of mind.
Scheduled reviews and upgrades of pool facilities.