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.

LINKS AND RESOURCES:

Map of the LWRP Project Area 
Example LWRP from City of Peekskill  
Online Comment Form

PRELIMINARY PROJECT SCHEDULE:

Project Start: December 2019

Advisory Committee Formed: January 2020

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

Online Survey: Completed September 2020

Draft LWRP: First Quarter 2021

(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: www.dos.ny.gov/opd/programs/lwrp.html#leg

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