Everybody's gotta have a plan, and it's always better to have a master plan than lots of unconnected, minor little plans…
A Public Master Plan Meeting is being held at Rye City Hall on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at 7pm.
The Master Plan Committee was appointed by Mayor Sack last summer and is looking to update the last master plan, made in 1985.
The committee includes Mayor Sack, former Councilwoman and current Planning Commission member Laura Brett, Councilwoman Killian, Chairman of the Planning Commission Nick Everett and Planning Commission member Andy Ball. The meeting will be taped by Rye TV and will be put up on the City’s website for viewing.
We heard from Rye resident John Mayo-Smith, who publishes his own zoning web site and is imploring Rye citizens to get involved:
"A housing boom remade our city in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Today that housing stock is being replaced and we need a great Master Plan to make sure services and quality of life are not negatively impacted.
The Master Plan is what sets community priorities. There is a huge amount at stake. Many of the pressing issues we face today are the direct result of oversights and poor decisions made in 1985 when our Master Plan was last updated.
Here are some examples:
- Lack of planning contributed to the current housing stock imbalance, increase in home turnover, insufficient school tax revenue, and school overcrowding.
- Planning priorities set for Midland Avenue lead to re-zoning that allowed out-of-town landlords to reap millions of rental property income without paying anything close to their fair share of school taxes.
- Miscalculation of recreational demand contributed to a chronic shortage of playing fields.
- Lack of a framework for Rye Town Park made it vulnerable to takeover by outside interests.
- Lack of steep slope protection (something neighboring municipalities enjoy) lead to the 135 Highland Road rock hammering debacle.
- The disastrous basement FAR loophole drove episodic convulsions of teardowns, rock hammering and blasting.
- Lack of a coherent planning framework lead to the ad-hoc rezoning of 120 Boston Post Road and set a dangerous precedent for all commercial properties in the city.
- Lack of foresight lead to the dismembering of classic neighborhoods like Kirby Lane North and Orchard Drive.
- Lack of attention paid to our overburdened infrastructure lead to raw sewage flowing down Milton Road.
These examples illustrate why the public needs to weigh in on important planning decisions taking place on Tuesday. This is a great chance to repair the mistakes of the past and position the city for the future!"