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At the New City 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

Verbatim Comments

Economic Dev.

Pedestrian access to shopping/retail.

Economic Dev.

Creation of public space within commercial/downtown areas to attract patrons.

Economic Dev.

Create cohesive New City hamlet area - Downtown - increased aesthetics and continuity.

Economic Dev.

Additional green space in hamlet center.

Economic Dev.

Avoid competition between hamlets - use individual hamlet strategies/identities.

Economic Dev.

Attract businesses to hamlet based on themes.

Economic Dev.

How will economic development efforts be funded.

Economic Dev.

Creation of business improvement district in New City.

Economic Dev.

Incentives for new or start-up businesses/major expansions to create jobs.

Economic Dev.

Leave green/open space at Bradlees Center.

Economic Dev.

Create character/appeal features to New City downtown. Lighting (energy efficient). Englewood, Greenwich as examples.

Economic Dev.

Partner with national retailers for New City.

Economic Dev.

Marketing plan to sell Clarkstown benefits to business.

Economic Dev.

Enhance traffic accessibility to hamlet areas.

Economic Dev.

Involve/inform affected residents about road widening/projects.

Economic Dev.

Decide what character of New city downtown is and gear a plan to that goal.

Economic Dev.

Publicize and maintain excitement re projects - Town Clerk E-mail newsletter.

Env. Resources

Increase recycling for business/commercial.

Env. Resources

Control deer population. Ability to maintain property/landscaping. Management strategy.

Env. Resources

Program to deal with abandoned gas stations. Old Route 304.

Env. Resources

Expedite environmental clean-up of contaminated/toxic sites.

Env. Resources

Zoning controls to separate industrial/commercial uses from residential uses.

Env. Resources

Carbon monoxide/exhaust emissions from increased traffic-air quality re: successful downtown development.

Env. Resources

Education re: non-deer attractive plantings and alternate control measures.

Env. Resources

Capacity of water/sewer infrastructure.

Env. Resources

Recycling and energy efficiency efforts/education.

Env. Resources

Noise studies - aircraft, traffic and increaseddensity. Loud vehicles enforcement.

Env. Resources

Can apply LEED standards to building construct?

Env. Resources

Result of revised air traffic patterns and implementations - lessen impacts.

Env. Resources

Examine alternate transit systems to link areas - daily fare structure.

Env. Resources

Protect Bio-diversity - avoid fragmentation of habitat areas.

Env. Resources

Stream mapping/routing/inventory/control measures. Corridor protection.

General

Create Comprehensive "Brag Book" to get information out.

General

Create outreach for 20's and 30's age group.

Health S & W

Street lighting - process to evaluate/add/repair.

Health S & W

Sidewalks - pedestrian safety (New Hempstead Road and feeders).

Health S & W

Bicycle/foot patrols in downtown hamlets - increased traffic/code enforcement.

Health S & W

Leaf placement in streets - greater enforcement.

Health S & W

Water main breaks - health issues - age of piping.

Health S & W

Parking of heavy equipment/trucks in hamlet areas. Codes? Creation and enforcement.

Health S & W

Adequacy of fire/police/ambulance services for population.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Hold regular scheduled cultural events/arts events to draw people to downtown centers. (Art in the park).

Hist. Cult. Res.

Add cultural programs/facilities/opportunities in downtown areas.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Construct facility for use of concerts/shows - Bergen Performance Center.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Increase tourism by using historical resources to draw people - revolutionary war.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Dutch Gardens - art in the garden.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Cultural/Arts space in Nanuet Mall - part of redevelopment Regional Arts Center.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Inventory/document historic resources - town wide. People and structures.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Reuse of existing buildings/sites vs. demolition and reconstruction.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Include relocation of Rockland Center for the Arts.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Preservation program/ordinance ambitious program including funding.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Create designation criteria.

Hist. Cult. Res.

Incorporate buildings into plan, consider owning.

Housing

Consider zoning on smaller area basis, hamlet /neighborhood. 

Housing

Senior housing in downtown New City - near transit/pedestrian.

Housing

Housing in downtown area will help business and reduce traffic.

Housing

Review housing codes and enforcement re: apartment over commercial - overcrowding, meeting actual need i.e. seniors, maintaining purpose.

Parks & Rec.

Avoid fragmentation of open space/habitat areas.

Parks & Rec.

Add cultural programs in parks - create excitement.

Parks & Rec.

Publicize park locations.

Parks & Rec.

Preserve open space (Dellwood) - avoid overbuilding.

Parks & Rec.

Increase open space inventory.

Parks & Rec.

Try nature center and other programs to increase draw to parks.

Parks & Rec.

Aggressive evaluation of additional open space acquisition - contiguous parcels.

Parks & Rec.

Develop public golf course within Town.

Parks & Rec.

Create skate park or area for that use. Eliminate safety issues in parking lots.

Transportation

Involve/inform affected residents about road widenings/projects.

Transportation

Add bike paths, bike racks - downtown areas and parks.

Transportation

Emphasize transit for homebound, disabled.

Transportation

Climate change problems and transportation related impacts/initiatives.

Transportation

Address transportation friendly system - routes, publicity availability - may increase use. Post at stops.

Transportation

Replace municipal vehicles with efficient vehicles (hybrid etc.).

Transportation

Plans for high-speed train to Manhattan from Clarkstown.

Transportation

Coordinate transportation with the County and other Towns.

Transportation

Bike racks on buses.

Transportation

Re-open East Shore Rail Line for passenger service.

Transportation

Stop excess idling buses, trucks. (Emphasis on school buses.)

Transportation

Educate about enhanced service on Pascack Valley Line - Nanuet.

Written Comments

Streamlined government - shared services.

The intersection between the courthouse and Dunkin Donuts is absolutely insane, please fix it.

Downtown New City should be more pedestrian - attractive. Look at Ridgewood, New Jersey. It's clean, nice, has sidewalks. New city looks dumpy.

Please, starbucks!

The area around Lake Deforest, Route 304, Davies Farm (orchard) and Ridge Road have been adversely affected by over-development including highway department facility, Tilcon, Cal-Mart etc. This area has a unique flavor.

Country and open space, woods and lake. We should restrict industrial development and expansion in this area of New City and protect the open spaces and rural character of this portion of the hamlet! We should restrict the use of land both open space, residential and most especially industrial, which is impacting the quality of life for existing residents when developed primarily for industrial use. (Tilcon) etc. and other corporations that move in and negatively impact the quality of life for the existing community.

We need to make New City a beautiful site where people want to gather, shop and eat. The infrastructure needs to be overhauled. This will bring new life and economic strength to our downtown- a benefit for us all, economically and for quality of life/community. That having been said, it appears that there is a plan already in place that some of us know about but most don't. We should all be informed about the progress being made. It is a good idea to ask for our brain-storming in-put and ideas, but most people here are uninformed! People seem not to know what is going on with regard to these topics. Perhaps a meeting to explain is in order.

A) I would like to clarify a point I made orally which you wrote down. I suggested some thought be given to bringing "businesses" into our hamlets to increase people traffic, to supplement resident traffic. To clarify "businesses", I do not mean shops and restaurants. I refer to "office work" type of businesses. The type of business that brings people who would then go to the shops and restaurants. B) The key is to supplement resident traffic. There is not sufficient resident traffic to keep hamlets prosperous no matter how pretty we make them and by increasing the source of people, increase the tax base. C) Several points were made by others related to this e.g. business zones, roads. They all go together.

I realize the purpose of the exercise is to establish a plan which will create a purpose for subsequent actions…however, the following must be clear. There must be a reason for action steps called for in the plan and "build it and they will come" is not a satisfactory reason (note - this seems to be the goal of the soon to start enhancement work to be performed in New City.

Under the heading of increasing people traffic, find something to sell to tourists. Could be history, culture. Further, push whatever we find to sell to tourists to residents to try to increase "pride in living in Clarkstown.

I would like to have a store in town where I can go to buy sewing thread and fabric. Now Joanne's has closed at the Palisades Mall leaving a gap in Clarkstown.

I would love to see a Trader Joe or Whole Foods in New City.

I would love to see an art store (i.e. Pearl Paint) in New City.

There have been business closings in downtown. Why are they failing? What can we do to help new businesses succeed.

How does this interface with the Behan Plan?

Events in public parks to get people to the park. (For example - concerts, art and shows).

Parking - Parking - Parking (Main Street)!

Houses on Main Street should get tickets for the unruly upkeep to discourage the visual mess. They are run down and they store items on the grounds which look terrible.

Stern preservation laws to protect the few sites left, regardless of owners permission.

I have seen teens and children running across Rt. 304; it seems unsafe. There is a need for safer crossings for children and elderly who need to walk to Main Street.

Arts Council - I would like to see this developed to help make decisions about public art, particularly since the Keep Rockland Beautiful wall murals created such controversy.

Skate Park (like Congers) for kids. Get them out of the parking lots where there are cars and dangers.

Congers and Nanuet look great (via sidewalks and lamp posts and clock) physically move to "fashion New City similarly.

This hub is eclectic but continued gradual efforts will foster and attract business and progress.

Especially when there is a late "leaf fall", the highway department should have a 3rd, later leaf pick-up or collection.

Special consideration should be given to the "heavily treed" parts of town.

Two abandoned gas stations (off Rt. 304 - Texaco and on Main Street - diagonally across for St. Augustine's Church). De-contaminate and let public know of progress or lack there of.

I would like to see a turning lane added at the intersection of Lake Road and Route 303 (by the Mobile Gas Station) on the portion of the road heading into Congers. At the present it's only one lane and cars going straight usually make their own lane and pull around the cars that are turning left onto Route 303 make their own lane as well. On the opposite side of the road (heading away from Congers toward Rockland Lake) there are 2 lanes - one for going straight and/or turning left onto Rte. 303 and one for turning right onto Rte. 303.