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Glen Cove Adopts Smart Growth Code Revisions

September 14, 2010

The Glen Cove City Council will be holding a final public hearing on smart growth code amendments on August 24, 2010, at 7 PM in Council Chambers at 9 Glen Street, Glen Cove, NY. The code amendments to Chapters 245 (Subdivision of Land) and 280 (Zoning) of the City Code are intended to implement, by ordinance, a number of priority smart growth initiatives developed and recommended by the City of Glen Cove Master Plan adopted in May of 2009. The 2009 City Master Plan and Mayor Ralph Suozzi who was instrumental to its preparation were honored with a 2009 Smart Growth Award by Vision Long Island, a not-for-profit organization seeking to promote more livable, economically sustainable, and environmentally responsible growth on Long Island. 
The Code Amendments are anticipated to be adopted at the close of the forthcoming hearing and they enact a number of Smart Growth policies including: allowing high-quality mixed-use buildings in the downtown and along the Cedar Swamp Road corridor; promoting adaptive reuse of historic mansions; incentivizing workforce housing; controlling the size and mix of downtown nonresidential uses to encourage economic development in the downtown core; providing incentives for employment of green building practices; providing form-based architectural design guidelines; decreasing the design width of new City streets; and encouraging redevelopment of deteriorated neighborhoods.  The amendments add to other recent smart growth code amendments including interim amendments that dealt with issues such as oversize homes and hillside protection, as well as visual simulation legislation that recently won a first place Local Government Achievement Award by the New York Council of Mayors (NYCOM). 
These Code Amendments represent the first phase in implementing the Master Plan; priority items that will bring economic benefits to the City and those Master Plan policy items that could be achieved with a minimum of additional public investment. The Master Plan recommends a number of additional recommendations that will be prepared over the next several years, including enactment of low-impact development regulations for stormwater management; transit-oriented/supportive development regulations for the Glen Cove railroad station; incentives for brownfield redevelopment; traffic calming for residential streets; and regulations for better property maintenance and occupancy enforcement for multifamily uses.
The Master Plan and Code Amendment process was pioneered by Mayor Ralph Suozzi who engaged Turner Miller Group, with offices in the Hudson Valley and Central Connecticut, to assist the City Council and Planning Board in developing the Plan in cooperation with City Staff.  Sahn, Ward, Coschignano and Baker, Planning Board Attorneys to Glen Cove with offices in Uniondale provided legal guidance. Both firms were also involved in preparation of the award winning Master Plan and visual simulation legislation.
The proposed Zoning is available online at