NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The planning process for the update of the City of New Rochelle’s Comprehensive Plan will begin with a series of public meetings in June, city officials said.
The public can attend the kickoff meetings, to be held throughout the city next month, in order to learn more and get involved. Each meeting - the first step in involving the public with the plan - will give an overview of its process, followed by interactive sessions of dialogue with the audience.
The first two meetings will be held on Friday, June 1 and Friday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Youth Bureau Conference room of New Rochelle City Hall. The third meeting will be held Monday, June 4 at Ward Elementary School, 311 Broadfield Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A meeting will also be held Tuesday, June 5 at New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Two other meetings will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at the Mascaro Boys and Girls Club, 79 Seventh Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, June 7, at the New Rochelle YMCA, 50 Weyman Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The meetings for the comprehensive plan, also known as “Envision New Rochelle,” will give the public an opportunity to provide input on important issues regarding land use, economic development, and housing, city officials said.
The results will provide a framework to help with further developing the city, while also preserving its history. City officials noted that this will also reflect the Queen City of the Sound's current and anticipated environmental, economic and social conditions.
It will also help the city adjust to information that New Rochelle’s population is expected to grow in the next 20 years, based on metropolitan growth projections, officials said.
The Comprehensive Plan serves as a tool for how and where to accommodate such residential growth, along with how to attract and increase the city’s retail and commercial business, according to city officials.
New Rochelle is part of a larger region that is constantly evolving, officials said. The plan and meetings are also meant, officials noted, to help with the overall message that New Rochelle needs to position itself and determine its role in order to have the greatest economic opportunity possible since its last plan in 1995.
Residents can contact the Planning Dept. at 914-654-2185 for more information, or visit www.newrochelleny.com/EnvisioNR.