In late December, something amazing happened in the village of Greenport. More than 200 people signed a petition calling for a moratorium on village development, calling for an updated Local He Waterfront Revitalization Plan and a corresponding update to the Village Code. Many of these same people attended meetings of the village board twice in one week to voice their concerns about the village’s lack of long-term planning. The Board listened to the community and, much to the surprise of many in the audience, acted swiftly and unanimously to enact an immediate moratorium. The mayor moved quickly to propose a committee to take charge of the planning process and the village retained Pace University’s Land Use Law Center to conduct the initial presentation/training session. After delaying the enactment of the proposed LWRP for eight years (last addressed in the previous mayor’s administration in 2010-2012), there has been much debate, but the potential for problems facing the village has not yet been resolved. The result was that there was little consensus among the Board on a solution. Because it has developed into a magnet for tourism and secondary homeowners.
Undoubtedly, the community has sent a strong message to the current village administration that the village is at a critical time and needs a long-term development plan. Now that he is in late January, much of the initial community excitement has subsided. The community has not seen further action by the Waterfront Commission or Board to solicit community input or set a meeting or deadline for updating the LWRP. And as the clock continues to tick, the village’s commercial properties continue to be for sale and purchased by deep-pocketed investors, and the community holds crucial elections that will have a long-term impact on the village’s future. facing
What will be the future of the village? Continued development in a piecemeal, reactive manner driven by commercial interests focused on the seasonal tourism economy? Now is the goal set in the moratorium debate It is time for the community to continue to pressure the current administration to move forward. It is also the time for the community to make it clear that they are willing to vote for a change of government should this administration fail to move the ball forward with his LWRP.
If you live in a village, keep an eye on the actions of the current mayor and village board over the next two months and take advantage of the various opportunities to interact with the various candidates running for public office. Please give me. Sip coffee and talk to those candidates. And, based on this due diligence, exercise your voice and vote to ensure the village moves forward with its comprehensive planning efforts. Now is the time to demand action from our village. , it’s time to exercise our voice!