Village Comprehensive Plan Update Process to Resume

The Village is pleased to announce that it is resuming the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. The update process started several years ago and was nearly completed in 2020, the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Comprehensive Plan sets forth goals, priorities, policies, and recommendations for programmatic and physical investments in many aspects of the Village for the next five years and beyond. The Village’s existing Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2012.

The latest draft of the Comprehensive Plan was produced in November 2020 (click link to open and download the PDF). The content in this draft incorporated two rounds of review and comment by Village Boards and Committees and the public. However, the draft was never posted for a final round of review and never adopted. The draft includes some emerging demographic trends and strategies for adapting to the pandemic, but at the time of writing it was still too early to see how things would play out.

Scenes from a 2018 workshop for the Comprehensive Plan Update

Clearly, the pandemic has changed the way we live and work, has reshaped how governments and businesses operate, and has caused major demographic, economic, and social shifts. It has also aggravated ongoing challenges, one of the most difficult for many individuals and families across the country being the steep increase in housing costs. Of course, the pandemic hasn’t been the only agent of change:

  • The death of George Floyd at the hands of police turned the country’s attention toward remedying the inequitable treatment of Black citizens, other people of color, and people with low incomes.
  • For the region and, especially, the Village, the landfall of Hurricane Ida last year made very clear that flooding threatens the existence of Mamaroneck. Decades in the making, the Army Corps of Engineer’s plans for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers are finally proceeding into design and engineering. However, these plans are not a panacea; the Village has to build on the work that takes place through this project to further protect the Village from floods.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau undertook a nationwide census. Examining demographic, social, economic, and housing data trends is important for any community planning for its future, and so the figures in the November 2020 draft will be updated with the latest available data.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has contributed to major cost increases in gasoline and contributed to an already tight supply chain. The resulting price increases have hit home.

Clearly, the pandemic has changed the way we live and work, has reshaped how governments and businesses operate, and has caused major demographic, economic, and social shifts.

Over the next several months, working in conjunction with various Village Boards and Committees, the structure and content of the November 2020 draft will be updated. We anticipate that a revised draft will be produced in September or October and posted for public review and comment.

You are welcome to provide comments, suggestions, and opinions on any section of the November 2020 draft and to share ideas for the next draft by e-mailing contact@planvom.org. However, note that much of the content of this draft is outdated.

Click here to download and view a PDF of the November 2020 draft of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Update. Note that the red typeface in the document represents content that was modified or added based on comments received from the public and/or Village Boards and Committees on a previous draft.

To view the Project Schedules, click here.

Author: Neil D

City planner, graphic/web designer.

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