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North Castle Seeks Public Input As It Updates Master Plan

North Castle is seeking the public's input as it works to update its master, or comprehensive, plan. A "kick-off" meeting has been set for Monday, March 20.
North Castle is seeking the public's input as it works to update its master, or comprehensive, plan. A "kick-off" meeting has been set for Monday, March 20. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. -- North Castle is updating its master plan and it wants residents to put in their two cents on issues such as land use, community facilities and services, and infrastructure.

A “kick-off” meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, March 20. It will take place at the Hergenhan Recreation Center, 40 Maple Ave., Armonk.

The current roadmap, aka comprehensive or development plan, was adopted more than 20 years ago.

It is a statement of a community’s goals and a guide for orderly growth and change, the town says.

It also “provides a rational basis for future planning and zoning decisions,” a post on the town's website said.

The Westchester County Planning Department prepared “planning base studies” and it didn’t cost the town anything.

North Castle, officials said, will use the studies to “form the foundation of the new plan.”

The plan includes information on land use, population, transportation, natural resources, recreation, open space, public facilities, infrastructure, commercial development, and residential development.

North Castle has also hired BFJ Planning, a consulting firm with offices in New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

BJF provides professional expertise in planning, urban design, environmental analysis, real estate and transportation. It will help shape the new plan under the auspices of the town’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

Besides public meetings, part of the town’s outreach efforts includes its new “public engagement” website, North Castle Forward, or NCForward.

To visit the website, click here.

“The best way to tackle challenges that affect the community is with the community,” the town says.

By using NCForward, residents and other community stakeholders can “contribute from their own homes and on their own schedules,” the town says, adding that “input from many people provides a broader range of ideas, solutions, and participation.”

For more information about the master plan, and the process behind creating master plans, click here and follow the appropriate links.

For more about BFJ Planning, click here.

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