Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Fred L. Pollack announced recently that, with unanimous support, the town board has taken two actions to incorporate the Port Washington Shared Vision Plan into the town's planning process.
The first measure adopts the Vision Plan as a "planning document" of the town. This means that all of the town's departments will utilize the goals set by the community in making decisions affecting the Port Washington peninsula.
The second measure will require that developers demonstrate whether any new proposed project conforms to or deviates from the Vision Plan when submitting an application for site plan review.
"By requiring that future development adhere to the vision plan, we have taken another important step toward making the Port Washington community's vision a reality," said Supervisor Kaiman.
The new law also requires that the developer of any proposed project which does not conform to the Vision Plan demonstrate why their project should be approved. The town board can approve a site plan even if it deviates, where they find that there is good cause to do so.
"Over the last 18 months, we have invested a great deal of time, talent and money in developing a plan for our community that reflects the desires of those who live here," Councilman Pollack said.
"These town board actions, which I am proud to have authored, are designed to ensure that this effort will yield real results in the months and years ahead," Pollack concluded.
Over the past year more than 1000 Port Washington community members participated in this historic event to create a roadmap for the future of the Port Washington Peninsula. Participants in the project include: the Town of North Hempstead; the villages of Baxter Estates, Flower Hill, Manorhaven, Plandome Manor, Port Washington North and Sands Point; Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, Nassau County Legislator Craig Johnson; Senator Michael Balboni, Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli; General Council of Homeowner Associations of Port Washington; Port Washington Business Improvement District and the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.