The population of Purchase has more than doubled in size during the last decade. The growth has changed the land. Open space, wetlands and historic structures have been lost to commercial, residential, industrial, and road development. The impacts of growth pose complex challenges to the quality of life for the people in our community. One focus of PEPA is to look into the issues centering upon the consequences of growth and development in our region. Of particular interest are private property rights, cultural and historic preservation, community collaboration, and public policy issues.
Since most applications for land development are approved or denied on the point of law it is essential that you have a clear understanding of the law. An attorney can also help you put together a team of experts in: noise, wetlands, traffic, lighting, architecture, historic preservation, land planning, site design, and other professional disciplines needed to win a campaign.
Benefits Members have a significant impact on the ever-changing challenges of planned growth, conservation of open space, and protection of the environment in Purchase. By monitoring local issues and circulating information about them through our newsletter and website we are working to keep members informed. Members receive: -The PEPA Perspective, A newsletter that will keep you informed through regular, in-depth coverage about news and events which impact our environment and community. -Invitations to special community events. -Community alerts, written materials calling attention to issues, meetings, and events which are of local interest. -Action alerts, providing you with the opportunity to volunteer in specific conservation and preservation campaigns.
In addition to our annual members meeting with local government officials, we sponsor forums, and create opportunities to bring the community. At the forums, neighbors, local government officials, business, and other community organizations discuss issues and problems and identify possible solutions. These conversations provide an opportunity for dialogue and coalition building.