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Waterfront Building Guidelines

Over a decade ago, and in response to the Stop & Shop controversy, the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees drafted and approved a Master Plan for future village construction.


Now, the village is taking another step forward in realizing a coherent development plan, this one concerning downtown Roslyn. At the November meeting, the board began discussions on amendments to the municipal code to create both a Waterfront Development Overlay District and a Waterfront Mixed Use District. 


The two districts, if approved, will cover approximately 61 acres of land within the village. The districts hope to maintain the environmental quality of the area, while encouraging modest development. According to the amendment’s “negative declaration,” the district, as stated in both the Master Plan and in village zoning laws, would encourage “art, antique, furniture restoration and sales, studios and galleries,” plus mixed use residential development.


In addition, the districts would “continue the encouragement of the restoration of water quality in Hempstead Harbor.” There would also be “no change to the boundaries or location” of the new districts. Other highlights of the possible new districts include:


• New development that will impose “the smallest environmental footprint possible.”


• No significant impact on a significant habitat area; [plus no] “substantial adverse impacts on a threatened or endangered species of animal or plant, or the habitat of such a species; or other significant adverse impact to natural resources.”


• No impairment of the “character of quality of important historical, archaeological, architectural, or aesthetic resources.”


• No major change in the use of “either the quantity or type of energy resources consumed.”


• No change or significant adverse impact to agricultural lands, open space or recreational resources.


As with other development plans, proposed work in the two new districts will undergo the same site plan reviews and project-specific environmental review pursuant to state law. In short, the “environmental review will include detail evaluations of each of the resource categories pertinent to that site and/or project. Impacts to geologic, water, vegetation/wildlife, energy and community services, land use and aesthetic resources, air quality, traffic and noise levels would be identified and evaluated during village site plan review based on the site specific development plans and site and area conditions at the time of such application.”


The board will continue to debate and discuss the amendments at future public meetings.