The Town of Chester prepared and adopted its Comprehensive Plan on May 1, 2003. That plan recognized that community planning is an ongoing process and recommended additional actions, plans and detailed studies to pursue the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan. Section 272-a of the New York State Town Law states the “Town Board shall provide, as a component of such Comprehensive Plan, the maximum intervals at which the adopted plan shall be reviewed.” While the adopted Plan did not specify a timeframe for review, the generally accepted standard is every 5 to 10 years. Since nearly a decade has passed since the 2003 Plan was adopted, it is time for a periodic review and update.
Comprehensive Plan Committee:
- In January of 2013, a committee of Town residents was selected to update the 2003 Comprehensive Plan. Committee members are as follows:
- Robert Valentine, Councilman (Liaison Town Board)
- Don Serotta, Planning Board Chairman
- Linda Ranni, Zoning Board of Appeals Chairwoman
- Ted Talmadge – Resident and Farmer
- John Vero – Resident and Business Owner
- Richard Logothetis – Business Owner (Sugar Loaf)
- Shary Denes – Resident (Sugar Loaf)
The Comprehensive Plan Committee held its first meeting in February 2013. The public participation process began with a Public Vision Session on April 8, 2013, which will be held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Town Hall. The Committee then met each month at Town Hall to review and update the Comprehensive Plan. A public comment period was provided at each of the Comprehensive Plan Committee meetings.
The Comprehensive Plan Committee held its required public hearing on the Draft Comprehensive Plan on March 27 at 7 p.m. at Chester Town Hall. The public hearing included a brief presentation outlining the purpose of a comprehensive plan and highlight some of the key recommendations. The hearing also gave the public an opportunity to comment on the draft plan.
The Committee completed its Draft Plan in May of 2014. That Plan was forwarded to the Town Board and amended thereafter to reflect input from the Supervisor and council members. The Town Board’s Draft Plan is now available for public review and a public hearing will be held by the Town Board in December of 2014. Following the Town Board’s public hearing, the Final Plan will be completed along with the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Law environmental review documents. The Comprehensive Plan will then be sent to the Chester Town Board for their consideration and adoption.
How Do I Get Involved?
The Comprehensive Plan Committee will meet monthly at The Chester Town Hall to work on the creation of the Comprehensive Plan Update. These meetings are open to the public. You can also contribute to the effort by providing your input on the draft Comprehensive Plan Update in writing or by attending the public hearings that will be held to gather input from the public. Public participation is a vital component of a successful Comprehensive Plan and your input is welcome.
What Is A Comprehensive Plan?
- Expression of a community’s goals for the future and recommendations for achieving those goals.
- Outline for orderly growth, providing continued guidance for decision-making.
- Document, which focuses on immediate and long-range protection, enhancement, growth and development.
The new Comprehensive Plan can be used to answer a variety of questions about the Town of Chester. These include:
- What should the Town look like in the future?
- Where business and industrial land uses should be permitted?
- What can we do to expand our parks & open space?
- What programs can be put in place to encourage historic preservation?
- How can we protect our natural resources?
Why Is A New Comprehensive Plan Needed?
- All land use regulations (i.e. zoning, design guidelines, subdivision regulations) must be in accordance with a Comprehensive Plan.
What Is The Relationship Between The Comprehensive Plan And Zoning?
- The Comprehensive Plan establishes the objectives that the community wants to achieve.
- The Zoning Law sets forth the regulations designed to achieve the objectives of the Comprehensive Plan.
For More Information:
If you have any questions about the process or have issues you think should be explored in the process of revising the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, please (click here) and forward your comments to us.