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Stony Point Adopts New Zoning

March 10, 2015

The Town of Stony Point has adopted Redevelopment Zoning for Waterfront and Letchworth Village with assistance of planning consultants, Turner Miller Group.    On March 10, 2015, the Town of Stony Point Town Board adopted amendments to its zoning to allow for Marinas to incorporate residential, retail, restaurant and other complementary uses into their sites.   Marina owners had expressed concern with a challenging economy for boating, and asked for relief to allow them to remain viable.  The mixed-use zoning legislation requires that the Marina use continue, allowing for winter boat storage to continue in "Boatel" rack hangar structures, while allowing former storage areas to be used for single-family homes, townhouses, and multifamily buildings.   Following a Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Study the Town also incorporated provisions to make the future developments more resilient to severe storms, flooding and sea level rise.  The Zoning requires a certain amount of non-residential use per unit of residential and - most importantly - requires continuous access along the River shoreline be provided for enjoyment by the public.   Not only will the zoning help to make Stony Point's water-dependant uses more viable, but it will also serve to activate the areas as a local recreation destination complimenting the adjacent Stony Point Battlefield Historic Site and two Town Parks.   

The waterfront zoning amendments come on the heels of the adoption of the Letchworth Village Redevelopment Incentive Overlay District regulations in January.   The Zoning provisions are intended to garner private investment interest in redevelopment of the former Letchworth Village, a former State  residential facility for the mentally challenged, which the Town assumed ownership of in the late 90s.   The Zoning for Letchworth Village simplifies the zoning for the facility and allows a range of alternative uses including hotels, outdoor recreation and medical offices and provides an incentive for reuse of existing buildings and preservation of landmark buildings as well as general design guidelines for new construction.  Turner Miller Group facilitated the public outreach process, prepared zoning amendments and SEQRA materials for both rezoning efforts.   Turner Miller Group also project managed the preparation of the Stony Point Sea Level Rise and Coastal Vulnerability Assessment.