After a five-year discussion, Port Chester adopted a master plan last night that calls for a smart-growth approach to development.
Last night’s vote by the village board endorses a framework for generating a mix of uses downtown, improving waterfront access and limiting further density in residential areas. It calls for a rezoning of the 15-acre former United Hospital site on Route 1 to a combination of limited commercial and residential development. That became a contentious issue late in the process, as the hospital came out with a proposal to build apartments in greater density (820 units) than allowed under the plan.
The actual rezoning will not take place until early next year following a separate public hearing process. It’s the first official comprehensive plan for Port Chester. A plan was created in 1968 but never formally adopted.
Trustee Sam Terenzi voted against the adoption, which passed last night 5-1. He and Trustee Bart Didden had spoken in favor of keeping the present two-family zoning in place at United Hospital for now.