Public Hearings for Harrison Master Plan and Budget

Sat, Dec 1, 2012 • Master Plan

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Municipal Building, Harrison, NY

The upcoming Town/Village Harrison Meeting & Public Hearing - Master Plan on December 3rd at 7:30 PM presents a crucial opportunity for public involvement. This could be the final hearing on the Master Plan.

The Master Plan will affect our community for years to come. As a blueprint for development decisions several years into the future, the updated Master Plan should reflect the community's vision for the Town. New York State law generally requires planning board approval and a public hearing for new developments. Special variances and permits must be approved and a vote by the Town Board is required. However, a Master Plan delineates zoning for nearly every parcel of land and determines the ground rules for application to the government. In addition, a Master Plan offers a philosophy for economic development and provides a guide for Town Board decisions.

PEPA hired two certified professional planning firms, Ferrandino & Associates, and Louis Berger Group, to analyze the draft Master Plan because it will affect economic development and Town Board decisions for years to come.

Even though New York State law generally requires Planning Board approval and a public hearing for new developments, the Master Plan indicates preferred zoning for nearly every parcel of land. In addition, the Master Plan determines the ground rules for every application to the local government including land use, signage and open-space acquisitions.

PEPA's planner's found a series of omissions and errors in the current version, and submitted sound suggestions and findings; both written and verbal as delivered at the Master Plan Forums.

Further, as a matter of legal compliance, PEPA's legal counsel has delivered messages to the Board regarding the fact that a thorough SEQRA environmental review should be required prior to approval of the new Master Plan because of the extensive changes since the last Plan in 1988.

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