Rick Olver: A record of managing growth & preserving our community’s character

Dear Neighbors:Image result for rick olver croton

We all want to keep Croton’s small-town feel. But housing costs keep shooting up to ever less affordable levels. We need to take careful steps to increase middle class housing. The proposed rezoning of North Riverside and Municipal place is designed to encourage builders to create a limited number of apartments for middle class people in buildings that fit in with their neighborhoods.

You should know that the current zoning recommendations come from fellow-citizen volunteers: Ted Brumleve, Paul Doyle, Bruce Kauderer and the Board’s liaison to the zoning working group, Trustee Ann Gallelli. All of them have proven records of fighting to keep the Village’s small-town, friendly feel.

Paul and others got involved in the mid-80’s, when Croton was faced with huge development proposals, some already under way. Approved developments included Half Moon Bay with 342 units (reduced slightly in the early 2000’s), and Scenic Ridge with 98. Then came a new wave of proposals – 444 single family units on 148 acres where the golf course is now, 75 single family homes in a Lounsbury Hill subdivision, 75 single family homes in a River Landing subdivision, six 6-story buildings of 235 units where Croton Landing Park is now and the Arrowcrest subdivision of 30 single family homes.

A total of 1,299 new residential units! Perhaps 4 to 5,000 new residents. It’s truly awful to imagine what Croton would look like today if all this had been approved and built.

Who beat back overdevelopment? Paul Doyle, the chair of the zoning working group, was a leader of the fight against these massive proposals. And he has kept working, steering us away from unplanned growth.

Ted Brumleve was a member of the Planning Board during the time of Arrowcrest subdivision, Golf course final approvals and Discovery Cove at HMB. He chaired the recent update of the Comprehensive Plan.

Bruce Kauderer is a long-time Planning Board member. He also serves on the Waterfront Advisory Committee.

Trustee Ann Gallelli has had long experience on the Planning Board and with the 2003 Comprehensive Plan and its 2017 update.

I have worked with all these people and I trust them. But thanks to our democratic processes and planning regulations, their proposals are now being challenged and tested thoroughly.

It is the Board of Trustees who will make the decision on the updated zoning. The decision will be based on what we hear from all those who speak out, and from those who participated in developing the recommendations. Because of the limitations and restrictions we’ve built into our approval processes over the years, any development that might eventually happen will be small and sensitive to its site and those in surrounding areas.

Rick Olver
Croton Village Trustee

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