Cold Spring Special Board to Publish Proposed Comprehensive Plan September 29

The Cold Spring Special Board for a Comprehensive Plan/LWRP will make copies of the proposed plan available to the public on September 29 at the Village Hall and at Butterfield Library on Morris Avenue, and post it on the village website at the same time.
       Four years in the making, the proposed Comprehensive Plan is the product of thousands of hours of volunteer time.  Known in earlier decades as a “master plan,” a comprehensive plan guides a municipality’s overall policy and helps officials make decisions about the future, while at the same time guiding state and federal decisions on projects in the village. 
       “Publishing the proposed plan is an important milestone in a lengthy process,” said Special Board chair Michael J. Armstrong. The Special Board will hold informal information meetings on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, both at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW hall on Kemble Avenue, to brief the community and answer questions before the formal hearing. A public hearing on the proposed plan is scheduled for Oct. 14, at 7:30 pm at the Cold Spring firehouse at Main and Church Streets.  The Special Board will vote on recommending the proposed plan at a subsequent meeting.
       Other milestones will come as the village trustees consider the plan. They may ask for comment from various boards and other interested parties: a process that may take additional time. State law requires the Village Board to hold its own hearing, which will provide another opportunity for public participation. Before the Village can vote to adopt the plan, State law also requires that it prepare a State-approved Environmental Quality Report. After a Comprehensive Plan is adopted there will be further opportunities for public participation as zoning and regulatory changes are proposed to implement the plan.
       For additional information please contact Special Board Chair Michael Armstrong at 845-265-3240 or armstrongmichaeljohn@gmail.com.


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