Archive for the ‘New Castle’ Category

Making Places in Chappaqua

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

On October 14 and November 2, 2006, the Town of New Castle hosted “Placemaking” workshops in order to document the community’s vision of how downtown Chappaqua might be improved. These workshops were facilitated by Project for Public Spaces, Inc.; a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities.

Click here to view the results from the Placemaking workshops, and to particpate by adding your own comments.

New Castle F.A.R. Legislation

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

This is the draft legislation for the new Floor Area Ratio code.

Proposed F.A.R. Legislation – Draft 11/28/2006

New Castle Proposes Floor Area Ratio Legislation

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

In an attempt to limit the size of houses throughout the Town of New Castle, the town board is proposing legislation that would add Floor Area Ratio (F.A.R.) requirements to the town’s zoning code. This legislation will effect EVERY residential property in New Castle by restricting the total floor area of every proposed residential project; new homes, as well as additions.

Comments made at the 11/28 public hearing suggested that the proposed legislation may reduce the available buildable area in some districts by almost 50%.

How restrictive will the new F.A.R. code be? The board claims that the proposed legislation will leave most homes in compliance with the new code.

How will this legislation effect the value of homes in New Castle? How much of a home’s value is based on its expansion possibilities?

How will this legislation effect revenue for the town? Fewer improvements. Smaller homes. Fewer building permits. Will taxes need to be increased to compensate for reduced revenue growth?

The next public hearing is scheduled for December 12 at 8:00PM.