State grant allows completion of final phase
The Cold Spring Special Board for a Comprehensive Plan/LWRP starts the new year with funding (from a new $27,000 State grant) to complete the final phase of the Village’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. In December, the State notified the Village that it had accepted the Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy (LWRS) prepared with community participation over the past year, setting the stage for completing the Program, possibly by the end of 2012.
Regular meetings of the Special Board resume on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Cold Spring Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. Special Board chair Michael Armstrong said, “We expect to build on the work done in the past five years that culminated in the completed strategy. The full program will discuss how the Village will adapt the State’s Coastal Resource Policies to our local situation. It will include a Harbor Management Plan, and could extend the planning for projects included in the LWRS by, for example, identifying sources of project funding.” Armstrong indicated he expects the first six months will see the most intensive work.
During the second half of the year, the focus will turn to gaining agency review, approval and sign-offs from government agencies with an interest in aspects of the program. The LWRP is subject to Village Board approval and SEQRA review. Once the LWRP has passed all reviews, and is adopted by the Village, all federal, state, and local actions are subject to review to ensure they are consistent with the program. The LWRP will also help the Village win grants for important projects (as did Dobbs Ferry which has won $4 million in grants since completing their LWRP in 2005.).