Northern Tuxedo Residents Association


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Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing – January 23 – Monday – 7:00pm at the Tuxedo Town Hall

The Tuxedo Town Board is holding a public meeting on the Comprehensive Plan Update (available here: http://www.tuxedogov.org/Town-Board/comprehensiveplan-seeattached) Monday, January 23, 2017, beginning at 7:00pm at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Dr, Tuxedo Park, NY. The Comprehensive Plan is basically a guideline for the town’s future, including identifying opportunities for development, conservation, education, transportation, marketing, and other initiatives.

“… if a plan is prepared, it should be adopted by the Town Board as an official statement of the community’s land use policies. Once adopted, any subsequent land use regulations must be in accordance with the Town’s adopted comprehensive plan”.(pg.1)

It’s an important document that we encourage everyone to take a look at and then attend the Monday, January 23rd meeting at Town Hall to demonstrate your interest and share comments.

Below is a list of issues excerpted from the document that seem of particular interest to NTRA members. The NTRA Executive Board continues to strive to be a liaison between the town board and our members. We hope that you can join us at this meeting to respectfully voice ideas that aim at building a better Tuxedo.

Ken English, Kristy Apostolides, Claudia Bakhtiary, Bahar Eratac

  1. A small-scale nonresidential business enclave is programmed for Tuxedo Reserve’s Northern Tract, although plans for its development have not been submitted or proposed at this time. (pg.2,5) The nonresidential uses are to be located near the intersection of Long Meadow Road and Warwick Brook Road. (pg.48)
  2. The Town continues to support construction of a new Interchange 15B (pg.8), a proposed “1/2” Interchange that would consist of a southbound “on” ramp, and a northbound “off” ramp, connecting the NYS Thruway with NYS Routes 17 and 17A. (pg.13)
  3. The Town must proactively consider appropriate land uses for the Arden Farms area of the Town. Arden represents the single largest privately-owned and mostly undeveloped area of Tuxedo. (pg.2) The Arden area is a historic neighborhood in the community consisting of several large properties. The existing PID regulations could be applied to these large properties which would be inconsistent with the vision expressed in this Plan Update. The Town proposes to eliminate the PID special use permit from the Town’s zoning law and allow conservation-oriented residential development in Arden. Where appropriate,conservation-oriented development should be promoted on larger parcels outside Arden, where these parcels are environmentally constrained and/or abut Sterling Forest State Park.(pg.8)• Consider potential tourism, resort-, agricultural- and equestrian-oriented uses for the Arden (Farms) properties and other remaining parcels that are in close proximity to Sterling Forest State Park. This area would better serve the town as a location for tourism related uses. (pg.11)
  4. Seek appropriate mixed use commercial development of the Faire Partners properties on Route 17A, situated strategically in the middle of Sterling Forest State Park.(pg.11)
  5. The Southfields hamlet contains underutilized or inappropriately utilized properties that may in turn be diminishing property values of adjoining properties. The Town desires to revitalize the hamlet with viable commercial uses while allowing the existing small residential neighborhoods to remain without increasing residential growth in the hamlet, given the lack of infrastructure to serve it. (pg.7)
  6. Protect the water quality of the Indian Kill Reservoir and Ramapo River, major sources of potable water. Over 2 million people derive all or part of their water supply from the Ramapo River Basin. (pg. 26)
  7. The construction of Tuxedo Farms would introduce up to 1,195 dwelling units to the Town’s housing stock of 1,457 dwelling units, an 82 percent increase. The development was approved with a mix of 998 non-age restricted dwellings, and 197 dwellings restricted in occupancy to active adults 55 years of age and older. Based on more recent special use permit amendments, 180 dwelling units to be located in North Ridge would be renter-occupied. The development program includes 764 single family detached and semi-detached dwellings and 431 multifamily dwellings townhouses, flats and duplexes. Construction phasing will proceed in accordance with the 2010 special use permit, as amended, and is now underway. (pg. 43)
  8. Continue to explore consolidation of the Town’s multiple school districts into one Townwide school district. (pg.12)


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All Members Meeting! – October 20th 7:30pm American Legion Hall

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick note to let you all know about the next member meeting:

Thursday, October 20th, beginning at 7:30pm
American Legion Hall, 16 Orange Tpk, Southfields, NY

This is the first meeting that includes our new membership (all Tuxedo residents in the Monroe-Woodbury school district) so come and meet some new members! Feel free to invite anyone you know who might want to attend (the meeting is open to all).

Guests will provide updates about the Pilgrim Pipeline, the activities of A Better Tuxedo, and the acting chief of police and a town board member will be present to answer questions about the transition to 911 and other town business.

Additionally, we are electing new officers, so if anyone is interested is serving in a greater capacity, we would love to have you! Click here to respond via email by October 18 with your desired role.

Thanks and see you soon!

Kristy on behalf of the Executive Committee

Northern Tuxedo Residents’ Association
PO Box 484
Tuxedo NY 10987


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Save the Dates for Tuxedo Activities

Hi everyone.

Here are a few of the upcoming activies. Please save the dates!

Our Annual Membership Meeting is coming up! You should receive a letter in the mail shortly, but just so that you can mark it on your calendar’s, the meeting will take place on

Thursday, October 22, 2015, beginning at 7:30pm
American Legion Post 239
16 Orange Tpke., Southfields, NY

Activities planned for the meeting are:

  • Elections! (We will have one open position and welcome any individual who is interested in serving. Please respond to this email if joining the Executive Committee is something you are interested in).
  • Updates on organizational successes and upcoming activities.
  • Remember that survey you took? We have the results!
  • Town Board, Highway Superintendent, and Town Clerk candidates were invited to this meeting. They will give a short statement and then we will open floor for questioning the candidates or about ongoing issues facing the town.

Hope to see you there!

Family Fun Day is this Saturday, October 10 at Murphy Field from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Looks like a good time! Download the flyer here.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shari at sbrooks@tuxedogov.org.

Thanks!

Kristy


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Appointee for Town Board Position and a few, more pleasant items

Hi all. Here’s a few items for your consideration.

Closed-Door Politics at Work Again

I just wanted to let everyone know about a special Town Board Meeting that is to be held Monday, June 29 at 7pm at the Town Hall.

The only item on the agenda is to enter into executive session to interview possible appointee to the Town Board.

None of the individuals that I know have expressed interest in running in November have been called in for an interview, and the way the resolution is written, it seems THEY ARE ONLY INTERVIEWING ONE CANDIDATE. I have heard a rumor that the individual is the wife of the planning board chair. If this is the case, two individuals on both the Planning Board and the Town Board will have spouses serving on the other board, and there will again be no representation from the northern part of town anywhere.

That doesn’t exactly sound like a fair process to me.

Please attend this meeting to express your frustration at the extremely closed-door administration which we still seem to be dealing with, despite many promises of transparency, openness, and inclusion.

Pilgrim Pipeline Information Session

St Mary’s Episcopal Church
Fox Hill Road, Tuxedo Park
Thursday  – July 9th  – 7PM

A presentation to the town about the Pilgrim Pipeline conducted by a Scenic Hudson.

On a happier note

  1. The Tuxedo Farmers’ Market also has been hosting a welcome booth for hikers coming to the area and we will be launching our shuttle service soon. Come down and check out our great town market! Every Saturday, Tuxedo Train Station!
  2. The Wee-Wah Beach Club has opened up its membership to any and all residents in Tuxedo. This is really a great family beach and I encourage you to join. Go here for a membership form and info: http://www.tpfyi.com/weewah.html
  3. The Tuxedo Farmers’ Market is looking for a new market manager. Download the job description. Contact Christina Tremblay at Christina@tuxedofarmersmarket.com and 845-323-1460.