The Draft LWRP was submitted to the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) on June 3, 2022.  The document is still currently under review by the NYSDOS.

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Planning, Chris Kehoe, at


An Effort to Enhance Our Waterfront

This webpage is dedicated to providing information about the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) planning effort being conducted jointly by the Town of Cortlandt and the Village of Buchanan. The purpose of this effort is to identify ways we can revitalize and enhance the waterfront of our two communities with economic growth and new recreational opportunities while protecting the environment. Please check back here periodically for updates, announcements, and draft materials for review.


Meeting Announcement 

On-Site Public Meeting

Thursday May 5th  7pm - 8:30pm

Nyberg Meeting Room - Cortlandt Town Hall

1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567

The Town of Cortlandt and Village of Buchanan are hosting a public meeting to discuss the Joint  Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. A presentation of the draft program will be followed by an open house format meeting. Participants can review and provide feedback on project maps and proposed future waterfront revitalization projects. The public is invited and encouraged to provide community input to this Draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program at this on-site (not Zoom) meeting. If you are not able to attend in person, project information will be available on this webpage after the meeting for review, and a link to the current draft LWRP is provided below.

Comments on the draft can be submitted using the Comment Form accessible via the link below.


Draft Materials for Public Review

To view a copy of the draft LWRP currently in progress, or the Appendix, please use the links below.





Online Comment Form
To submit written comments on the Draft LWRP, please click the link below, which will take you to an online comment form.



background information

Boundary Map of the LWRP Project Area 

Initial Project Ideas Map 

Future Landuse Concepts Map #1 (Annsville)

Future Landuse Concepts Map #2 (Buchanan/ Verplanck)

Future Landuse Concepts Map #3 (Montrose/ Crugers)

Results of the Public Survey

Online Comment Form


Sample LWRP

Example LWRP from the City of Peekskill



Project Start: December 2019

Advisory Committee Formed: January 2020

LWRP Comittee Meetings (In-Person and Virtual): Between February 2020- Current

Online Survey: Completed December 2020

Public Outreach Workshops: Spring 2021

Draft LWRP Presentation: Spring 2022

Final LWRP: Fall 2022

(Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ)

What is an LWRP?   
New York State's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is an official plan for future land and water use prepared by local communities in partnership with the Department of State. Similar to a comprehensive plan, it outlines a vision for the future growth and management of a community, with a specific focus on the waterfront lands.

Once an LWRP is officially adopted by local government, it becomes a standard by which future land and water use decisions—such as zoning changes or development proposals—should comply with. Communities which have an approved LWRP are eligible to apply for grant funding to work toward their waterfront vision. For more information, see the Department of State LWRP guidance page:

What is the goal of this community effort? The goal is to develop an official plan for the long-term use of the waterfront which will strive to do the following: help maintain and protect water quality; protect the natural environment; enhance public access to the river; provide new recreational opportunities; restore and revitalize formerly industrial land on the water; and stimulate economic development in both the town and village.

Where is funding for this effort coming from?

The town and village have received a grant to support this work from the New York State Department of State through the Environmental Protection Fund.  The town and village staff are providing additional support through the provision of in-kind professional services.

Who is working on this effort?

A local Advisory Committee has been established with representatives from both the town and the village to work with local municipal officials and a consulting team to develop the LWRP. The Town of Cortlandt has agreed to take the lead in managing the development of the LWRP and coordinate the effort. The consulting team collaborating with the town and village staff to develop the plan is composed of the following firms:

Behan Planning and Design
BFJ Planning
CSA Group NY Architects and Engineer

Hudson river discovery center feasibility study

Comments, suggestions? Click here for the online comment form.