Decoding Village Agendas No. 592

Dear neighbor, Here is the 592nd installment of Decoding Village Agendas to keep Croton residents informed of the actions of the Village Board at their meetings.  I continue to add recipients to this email update on agendas so you may be receiving it for the first time. I enjoy getting your feedback and hope to continue to hear from you.  If you do not wish to receive these periodic email updates from me, please reply to this email and your name will be removed from the email list.

Ann Gallelli

Decoding Village Agendas – August 22,  2022

Work Session of the Village Board

7:00 pm

Georgianna Grant Room

Municipal Building

1.      Consider entering into an Executive Session to discuss the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property.

2.      Consider approval of the Memorandum of Agreement with Croton-on-Hudson PBA regarding COVID-19 testing.  This is an agreement with the Croton Police Benevolent Association ((PBA) to end the surveillance testing program for unvaccinated officers. The CDC no longer recommends this kind of testing. The program was set to end at the end of the calendar year.

3.      Update on the South Riverside / Harmon rezoning study.  The Village Attorney and Manager will provide an update on the work that has occurred since the Board initiated consideration of adopting amendments to Village Zoning Law and provisions of the Village Zoning Code related to a) the Harmon/South Riverside Gateway (“HSRG”) Overlay and b) Light Industrial (“LI”) zoning districts. The draft Local Laws, outlining the specific proposed amendments, are included in the backup documents for this meeting. In summary, the Proposed Action would facilitate:

 • An expansion of the HSRG Overlay district to include five additional tax parcels. These parcels are on Wayne Street and across from Shop Rite plaza.,

• A change to the underlying zoning of one of the parcels proposed to be added to the HSRG Overlay (Parcel 47 – tax parcel #79.13-2-91) from a split-zone of C-2/RA-5 to C-2. This is the parcel opposite Shop rite Plaza.

• New zoning text to allow multifamily residential development as a special permit use within the expanded HSRG Overlay district;

 • New zoning text to allow multifamily residential or mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development (“TOD”) as a special permit use within a specified portion of the LI district along Croton Point Avenue.  This would apply to parcels to the west of Route 9 highway at the top of the railroad station entrance.

4.      Continued review of proposed changes to accessory apartment law.   The discussion will cover the County’s proposed Model Ordnance for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on residentially zoned properties.

5.      Discussion on the Village’s Assessing Unit Status.  As a result of the untimely passing of Village Assessor Tom Waitkins, the Village must determine whether to engage a new Assessor or become part of the larger Town of Cortlandt Assessing unit.  In Westchester County, 13 of the 20 villages no longer have their own assessing unit.  The Board will discuss the pluses and minuses of taking this decision.

6.      Discussion on drainage along Brook Street.  In a 2004 Stormwater Management Study performed for the Village by Dvirka & Bartilucci , Brook Street drainage corridor was identified as one of four priority subdrainage systems. In light of some recent issues, the Manager will discuss possible options for improvements.

7.      Update on potential community garden at Gouveia Park. The proposed garden would be located behind the existing Quonset Hut on the eastern side of the park. After visits by members of the CAC and the Community Garden committee, it was determined that the location appears to receive sufficient daytime sun and would require little tree removal.  An estimate for the work required to put the garden in place, prepared by Superintendent Balbi, is $42,900.  If approved, Manager Healy would like this to come from the Gouveia Endowment Fund.

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