Village Waterfront Area Planning Analysis and Zoning Amendments
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The Village of Sag Harbor is experiencing increasing development pressures and it’s leaders are concerned that the current zoning ordinance does not provide the tools to shape future development in the waterfront area including key properties that are poised for redevelopment—to ensure that the area retains the human scale, eclectic character, and access to the water that the residents value. In response, the Board of Trustees enacted a six-month moratorium on development and retained the consultant team of Nelson Pope & Voorhis, LLC (NPV), the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI), and Chuck Banas Design (CBD) to review the current zoning code and to propose revisions, which would ensure that any new development balances the protection and enhancement of the unique and eclectic qualities of the village waterfront with the economic realities of property values and limited areas for development in a way that enhances, rather than detracts from, the overall character and charm of the Village.
The Village will undertake a study of the Waterfront Study Area to assess whether current zoning can achieve the above goals and examine new zoning strategies that could be adopted to guide future growth of the Village. The intent of the study is to identify code changes, which will ensure that any redevelopment is at an appropriate scale, enhances the waterfront area, preserves views of the water, protects groundwater, natural resources and community recreation facilities, and optimizes pedestrian access. Nelson Pope & Voorhis, LLC (NPV), the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI), and Chuck Banas Design (CBD) will conduct a study of the waterfront area and prepare zoning code amendments to achieve the goals for this area of the village. The following provides the scope of services, deliverables and timeframes for the three phases of the work plan.
Clarify and Confirm the Vision, Goals, and Concerns for the Redevelopment of the Sag Harbor Waterfront
An effective zoning code is the legal interpretation of a community vision or plan. Sag Harbor’s Comprehensive Plan and its current Local Waterfront Redevelopment Plan updates are an important part of the Village’s vision for the future. In addition, the Waterfront Planning Committee has articulated Goals and Strategies for the future development in the area, which further defines this vision. In this phase, a review of all of these documents, as well as the current zoning ordinance will be undertaken and confirmation with key stakeholders of the most important elements of the Vision for the Waterfront will take place. This phase will consist of the following tasks:
● Review the Sag Harbor Comprehensive Plan, Sag Harbor Waterfront Planning Analysis, Sag Harbor Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) Update, and related planning documents;
● Review the July 27, 2020 Statement of Goals and Strategies for the Waterfront and list of potential tools/code amendments to consider;
● Review the Sag Harbor Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map;
● Gain access to and review GIS data for the Village of Sag Harbor;
● Virtually meet with key stakeholders to review the Vision and Goals, and their concerns with the code structure, administration, and development outputs.
● Goals and guidelines for zoning updates of the Sag Harbor Waterfront area, which will achieve the vision; and
● A list of concerns with the current regulatory framework, which Village leaders believe may impede the achievement of the Vision and Goals.
Timeframe for Phase I:
● Phase I deliverable due to Committee for review: October 19, 2020
● Posted on Village Website: October 22, 2020
● Presentation at Board of Trustees Work Session: October 28, 2020
Diagnostic of Existing Zoning Code Provisions Relevant to the Waterfront Area
The team will analyze the provisions of Chapter 300, Zoning that regulate development in the Waterfront Study Area to assess their potential impact on the Village’s ability to achieve the Vision and Goals, and sufficiently address the Concerns identified in Task I. The code review and analysis will result in the development of a report that will summarize recommended zoning revisions and anticipated improvements to be achieved for future redevelopment patterns through adoption of code amendments. This phase will consist of the following tasks:
- Outline relevant Village plan provisions, goals and other “guideposts” for zoning implementation;
- Assess Sag Harbor's historic development pattern to serve as a basis for the form-based provisions in a proposed zoning overlay;
- Produce key findings on code performance and proposed reforms;
- Lay out recommended changes to code structure and layout, zone standards, building form standards, supplemental standards (parking/TDM, landscape, signs, etc.), and standards addressing visual and physical access to the water;
- Draft a code template with illustrations, tables, and simple text for review;
- Virtually present the Zoning Diagnostic Report to the Waterfront Planning Committee, Board of Trustees, and other stakeholders, as requested.
The deliverable from Phase II will be a report that will document:
- Key features from the Village Comprehensive Plan, historic development pattern analysis, and the Vision and Goals that will guide the code reform.
- Key findings on performance in the Waterfront Study Area of the existing code.
- Recommended changes to the zoning code structure and layout, for the Waterfront Areas, possibly to include: zone standards, building form, supplemental standards (parking/TDM, landscape, signs, etc.), and standards addressing visual and physical access to the water.
Timeframe for Phase II:
- Phase II deliverable due to Committee for review: November 14, 2020
- Posted on Village Website: November 16, 2020
- Presentation at Board of Trustees Work Session: November 23, 2020 (special meeting due to holiday)
Proposed Zoning Ordinance Updates and Alternatives
Based on the work in Phase I and II, the consultant team will prepare proposed zoning modifications and standards for the Waterfront Study Area, in the form of a potential overlay district. These standards will address building form, type and placement; landscaping; required viewsheds; and pedestrian corridors and access for both private and public spaces. In addition, this phase will include massing scenarios to illustrate the proposed zoning modifications and standards for three properties within the Study Area, to include waterfront and inland (large and small) properties. This phase will consist of the following tasks:
- Draft regulations for a Sag Harbor Waterfront Overlay to include building form, architectural character, block and street dimensions, and the relationship between the Village and the water;
- Graphically depict the community's vision for the Sag Harbor waterfront as a guide to property and business owners and investors;
- Update the Zoning Map, if needed, to better align with the provisions in the Overlay, the Vision and Goals for the Village, and market trends;
- Virtually present the Sag Harbor Waterfront Overlay to the Waterfront Planning Committee, Board of Trustees, and other stakeholders, as requested.
The deliverable from Phase III will be the draft zoning Overlay District, to include:
- Text of required zoning code amendments;
- Form-based standards for building form and placement, streetscape and the pedestrian experience, landscaping, minimum parameters for water views, and uses.
- Massing scenarios for three different property types.
- Map of overlay district (if applicable)
Timeframe for Phase III:
- Phase III deliverable due to Committee for review: January 15, 2021
- Posted on Village Website: January 20, 2021
- Presentation at Board of Trustees Work Session: January 27, 2021
Project Team - Waterfront Planning and Zoning Committee
Village of Sag Harbor Members
|Kay Preston Lawson||Planning Board Chair|
|Tim McGuire||Zoning Board of Appeals Chair|
|Dean Gomolka||Board of Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board|
|Ron Reed||Planning Board Member|
|Will Sharp||Harbor Committee Member|
|Jayne Young||Sag Harbor Partnership Representative|
|Beth Kamper||Village Clerk|
|Denise Schoen||Village Attorney|
|Kathy Eiseman||Village Planner, Partner of Nelson, Pope & Voorhis|
|Bonnie Franson||Partner, Nelson, Pope & Voorhis|
|Valeria Monastra||Principal Planner, Nelson, Pope & Voorhis|
|Taylor Garner||Environmental Planner at Nelson, Pope & Voorhis|
|Marta Goldsmith||Executive Director of the Form Based Code Institute|
|Chris Hawley||Planner, Chuck Banas Design|
|Chuck Banas||Urban Designer, Chuck Banas Design|
|Bernice Radle||Planner, Chuck Banas Design|