At its monthly meeting last night (January 10), Mayor Seth Gallagher and the Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt the Cold Spring Comprehensive Plan, as revised on December 7, 2011. Click here to view Comprehensive Plan. The Plan is the product of approximately 10,000 hours of volunteer work and over two dozen public workshops and hearings over a five and a half year period. It was largely funded through two grants, $50,000 from the NY Department of State for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, and $7,500 from NY State Hudson ValleyGreenway.
The Plan was drafted by the nine-person, all-volunteer Special Board for a Comprehensive Plan/LWRP in 2010 and released to the Village Board for its review in December of that year. The Trustees held three public hearings on the plan (the most recent on January 3, 2012) and made several modifications in response to public comment.
The Comprehensive Plan, which replaces the quarter-century-old 1987 Master Plan, will now become the basis for a future review of, and possible revisions to, the Village zoning code, as well as provide guidance to the Village as it prioritizes and implements projects needed by the community.
The Special Board will continue to work on completing the final phase of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). In 2011, the Special Board finished work on an interim step, the Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy (LWRS), a 169-page report, which was accepted by unanimous vote of the Village Board in November and, on December 1, by the State reviewing agency (Click here for link to LWRS). In December, Cold Spring was awarded a $27,000 matching grant to complete the LWRP (as with the LWRS, the Village's share will be largely in volunteer hours). Work on the LWRP is expected to be complete in about a year. It will include a Harbor Management Plan (HMP), detailed discussion of how Village projects meet the objectives of Coastal Policies, and an elaboration of many vital projects. Once approved and adopted, the LWRP will give the Village standing at all levels of government, require a "consistency review," and greatly aid in winning grant funding for community projects.
The first meeting of the Special Board on the final phase of the LWRP will be held this coming Thursday, January 12, at 7:30 PM at the Village Hall.