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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Library Proposition – Special Election Tomorrow

Hello Friends.

It may not be well known that there is a special election tomorrow to allow voters to weigh in on the Library’s request to increase the amount it receives from taxes by about $10,000 or about a 1.9% increase.  Voting is in person at Town Hall (and only at Town Hall)  until 8:00pm.  The special election became necessary after a communication issue among the Town and the Board of Elections apparently arose some time after the Library timely submitted all of its required information to have its proposition be on the general election ballot, as it has for many years. 

Please share this message with others and please vote.  Thank you.

Tony Davidson


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Town Happenings of Interest to Northern Tuxedo – Next Town Board Meeting Tuesday, May 26, 7:00pm

Hi all.

Just wanted to let you know the Town Board and Planning Board will be discussing items coming up that are of particular interest to those in our area. As always, please forward as you see appropriate.

1. Parking Prohibition
There is a resolution being proposed by the Town Board to request prohibition of parking on the south ramp from Rt 17A to Southbound Rt 17 (the dirt parking lot at the bottom of the ramp). This is Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) land, so they will need approval from PIPC in order to place this restriction. Since it might affect many residents in the area who park there, I thought it pertinent to let everyone know.

This meeting is taking place tomorrow evening, Tuesday, May 26 at 7pm.

Update – May 26: The resolution about parking was in reference to the ramp itself, not the lot. It was a precaution to prevent against issues with Renaissance Festival traffic. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

2. Plaza proposal for Southfields
There is a proposed office/retail building that will be discussed at a public hearing on June 9 at 7:00pm in the Town Hall.

The proposed building is located near the Valero station in Southfields and is currently a wooded lot.

Here is the description via TPFYI:

Tuxedo Plaza – Proposed Retail/Office Space

Plans for this retail/office building to be located on Rt 17 N. in Southfields across from the Valero Station were before the Board previously and almost approved however the project was put on hold due to the downturn in the economy. The applicant has now revived the project and would like to move forward. Site plans were presented and reviewed. The applicant will have to return to the Department of Transportation as new regulations require the addition of an exit for emergency vehicles because the turn-around space that exists is not large enough. In the meantime, the TAC committee recommended that they appear before the Board so that they could familiarize themselves with the project and determine whether or not they wanted to hold a public hearing.

Board Attorney Alyse Terhune advised the Board that they should seriously consider the hearing as the project will be quite a visible one and the area of land where the building is to be constructed is currently wooded. Following some discussion with regard to timing of this in relation to when the applicant might receive their DOT approval, the Board voted unanimously in favor of scheduling a public hearing for the project on June 9 at 7:00pm.

Thanks!

Kristy