Westchester County has achieved its goal of having 25 percent of its municipalities adopt the county’s Greenprint compact plan, a planning tool that will open the way for some additional state “Greenway” funds, County Executive Andy Spano announced. Westchester County is the second county in the Greenway to have an adopted compact plan and one of 13 counties and 242 communities bordering the Hudson River that are included in the Greenway region.
Established in 1991, the Hudson River Valley Greenway is a state program designed to encourage communities to develop projects and initiatives that promote natural and cultural resource protection, regional and local planning, economic development, public access to the Hudson River and other regional and local resources, and heritage and environmental education.
“We all want to make our communities are safe, attractive and economically healthy.” Spano said. “These 12 communities are to be commended for being leaders and for having a common vision of a sustainable future by adopting Greenprint, the Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan.”
The communities are: Peekskill, Cortlandt, Buchanan, Briarcliff Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Tarrytown, Ossining (town), Somers, North Salem, Yorktown, Bedford and Pound Ridge. Others may still join.
Spano will address the Hudson River Valley Greenway about the program Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 am at the Hudson National Golf Club in Croton-on-Hudson.
County Planning Commissioner Jerry Mulligan said, “These 12 communities exemplify the kind of regional cooperation that is critical to achieve the kind of smart growth we want here in Westchester. The state grant money available through the Greenway compact program will bring funding into the county that can be spent on important local projects.”
Joining the compact requires the municipality to include a reference to Greenprint in its zoning ordinance and land development regulations. The language to be added to the ordinance must state that consideration will be given to the policies, principles and guides of the plan. This action ensures that the Greenway criteria and the Greenprint policies will be given consideration in the conduct of daily business in the community.
For more information on the Greenway and the county’s Greenprint compact plan, click here, or call Tracey Corbitt at (914) 995-2090.