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Congers & Rockland Lake

At the Congers & Rockland Lake 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.
Are there any economic development plans for Valley Cottage?
Economic Dev.
Are there plans to attract more ratable (tax paying) to Valley Cottage?
Economic Dev.
No re-zoning of industrial areas to accommodate housing.
Env. Resources
Is over-development taxing our resources?
Env. Resources
Are we considering measures to restrict further development?
Env. Resources
Any plans to improve water supply?
Env. Resources
Selling water to New Jersey when we need it.
Env. Resources
More consideration before trees are removed.
Env. Resources
Anyway to manage tree removal.
Env. Resources
Any Town/County wide effort to place utilities underground.
Env. Resources
Enforce bulk pick-up schedule.
Env. Resources
Keep track of signs to enforce pick-up.
Env. Resources
Use information on signs to aid in enforcement of pick up and fining.
Env. Resources
What can the Town do to facilitate the ambulance/fire departments in the development of their facility?
Env. Resources
Wetlands behind Stern development has a lot of garbage.
Env. Resources
Inspect problem due to swampy conditions in this area, particularly in the summer.
Env. Resources
Are any efforts underway to deal with odors from the Town dump in West Nyack.
Health S & W
Plans to improve safety in residential railroad crossings in Congers/Valley Cottage.
Health S & W
Quality of life (sound) issues around railroad.
Health S & W
Can there be increased police coverage on Rt. 303 between Lake Road to the Thruway with emphasis on truck traffic for speeding?
Hist. Cult. Res.
More cultural resources, music hall and live music area.
Housing
Housing for volunteers, young people and seniors so they can stay in Clarkstown.
Housing
Developers need to fix any and all problems prior to getting C of O and listen to those who identify problems.
Housing
Follow up activities by the Town after downtown revitalization is complete.
Housing
Restrictions on house building immediately adjacent to railroad lines.
Housing
Address the issue of abandoned homes which become an eyesore and detract from property values.
Housing
As part of downtown revitalization, reconsider apartments over stores to enhance vitality of downtown.
Housing
Legislation to set aside certain portion of property for volunteers, youth and senior citizens.
Housing
Clarify the categorization of motels on Rt. 9W as to whether they are residences or motels/hotels.
Housing
Look at the densities of condo complexes along Rt. 9W in Congers creating traffic issues in the area.
Housing
In general and in downtown revitalization, consider allowing apartments over professional offices (Congers).
Housing
No action taken on item above although suggested to the Town.
Housing
Create a mechanism where developers contribute to the school districts as a condition of approval, particularly in situations where they are adding to the school population.
Housing
In order to keep inventory of affordable housing for volunteers, system must be in place to monitor numbers activity in order for them to keep rental - oversight by Town.
Housing
Look at possibility of providing tax breaks to volunteer families. This should also be monitored.
Parks & Rec.
The Town should increase the number of softball fields.
Parks & Rec.
Improve quality of fields.
Parks & Rec.
Re-use fill from developments for fields.
Parks & Rec.
Comprehensive bike path connecting park to park throughout Town to get from place to place safely.
Parks & Rec.
Addressing poison ivy on sidewalks, especially around schools.
Parks & Rec.
Address litter along sidewalks throughout the Town.
Parks & Rec.
The Town should continue to acquire open space, once it's gone, it's gone.
Parks & Rec.
Continue and expand summer programs which are very successful, particularly kayaking.
Parks & Rec.
Continue downtown concert series in Congers. It is a good community gathering. Expand to other areas.
Transportation
Sidewalks, particularly in older neighborhoods, without them it is a safety issue (Massachusetts Ave.)
Transportation
Add sidewalks around Emerald St. and Sasson area. Safety concern for small children due to sharp turns.
Transportation
Enforce speeding regulations.
Transportation
Pedestrian crosswalks similar to those in Nyack on Lake Road, due to speeding.
Transportation
Add stoplight at Germonds/Demarest due to one-way in and out of Clarkstown South safety issue. Quick turning light due to heavy bus traffic.
Transportation
Light at Executive Park on Rt. 303 does not take into account traffic coming in and out of complex.
Transportation
Look to create right hand turn lane into A & P in Valley Cottage. People use should as turn lane now.


Written Comments
Flag lots should not be permitted!
Devalue property values on street!
Recycle gray water.
Set up grey water system.
More softball fields made with dirt not sand.
Redo sand fields with dirt.
There are many men and women who would like to play softball but there are not enough fields.
For what all the leagues pay to play on these fields and the taxes we pay, the fields should be better than what they are.
There are many 55 and over men and women who would like to have their own league to be able to play more competitively.
We consider overdevelopment in Clarkstown during the past 15 years to be the most pressing problem. We would like to see more open space preserved especially in Congers where we have been flooded with high density, housing on Rt. 9W and 303.
Development of bicycle paths throughout Clarkstown would benefit not only recreational users, but perhaps people who would like to hike to work/school. Using bicycles for transportation benefits health and the environment.
New City: Bradlees - What is going on? It is such an eyesore. Would like to see a "wholefoods" there instead of another supermarket. We now have to travel to Edgewater, New Jersey or Westchester to shop at Wholefoods.
Congers: Please replace trees on Lake Road which have been destroyed by cars.
Congers: We need striped crosswalks with those little men markers that they have in Nyack, Piermont and New Jersey towns.
Congers & New City: More turning lanes, especially at Lake Road and Rt. 303. It is difficult to turn left on Lake Road from Rt. 303 South.
Truck Traffic on Rt. 303. Trucks are not observing speed limits. We need a light on Hilltop to slow them down. It is a school bus stop!