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Port Chester Seeks Input on Comprehensive Plan

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - The Port Chester Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) met inside the Village Hall Thursday evening to discuss the implementation of public commentary into the committee's final comprehensive plan.

The CPAC, which was put together in 2007, is made up of 15 community members. The commission features members of the village's zoning board, planning board, school board and local business owners. Also in attendance at Thursday's meeting was a consultant from BFJ Planning and Assistant Village Manager Chris Steers.

At the meeting the commission set a public hearing for 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 inside the Village Court Room where all members of the public will be given an opportunity to discuss any concerns on the plan and provide direct input to the plan itself.

While Steers said the plan is approaching completion, the committee is interested in hearing concerns raised by the public.

"The whole purpose of the meeting is to receive public input," Steers said. "So far the public input has been extensive and the CPAC representatives have spoken to different individuals in the community and a lot has folded into the process."

Steers identified village density as both the most important and most discussed issue within the plan.

"The plan, overall, will reduce density village wide," Steers said.

Steers added that one of the strategies in the plan that aims to reduce density is the "up-zoning" of many of the village's existing zoning districts. While the term implies addition, "up-zoning" actually increases the number of limitations in specific zones, he said.

"It means that there will be a reduction in the uses of that zoning district," Steers said. "Limiting what can be done, that’s one of the things both the Board of Trustees and the CPAC have consistently harped on in controlling the density in the village."

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