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.  

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Please click to view the Presentation presented at the Regular Board Meeting on November 10, 2020: An Overview of Form-Based Codes

  1. PHASE I
  4. Study Area Maps
  5. Project Team

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.

 The deliverable for Phase I will be a brief Waterfront Vision Statement for review, comment, and confirmation by the Waterfront Planning Committee that includes: 

     A clear vision of the future Sag Harbor Waterfront with a narrative, conceptual map, and illustrative images;  
     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