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Public Hearings on New Zoning

By Richard Kavesh

Nyack, October 27 — The Nyack Village Board will hold the first of what are sure to be several public hearings on the newly proposed zoning code on Thursday, November 12th. When the Village Board met last Thursday night, we also went on record as stating that it is our goal to pass a new code by the end of this calendar year.

Since there is only one regularly scheduled Village Board meeting in both November and December, we also said that we would call special meetings devoted to this subject if necessary.

The new code will designate permitted land-uses throughout the village based on mapped zones that separate one zone from another. If that sounds a bit abstract and distant, think of the new zoning code the way Nyack News and Views described it on August 5th: ‘€œA zoning ordinance controls how property is used and what buildings will look like.’€ It is the village’s rule book.

The current draft already improves upon the present zoning code. It is based on the long-term and incredibly thorough work of a dedicated group of citizen volunteers who derived the newly proposed code from Nyack’s Comprehensive Master Plan, which was ratified by the Village Board two years ago.

The consultant for the effort was the same planning firm that helped the village with the Comprehensive Master Plan, Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates. The village also hired one of Rockland’s leading and most respected planning consultants, Robert Geneslaw to review this draft.

A complete set of Code Revision Committee’s documents are available here at Nyack News and Views and are also posted on the official website of the Village of Nyack (

The importance of the new code cannot be overstated, so it’s my hope that many of our citizens will turn out on the 12th and at the inevitably subsequent meetings where this important subject will be on the agenda.

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