Developers interested in submitting plans for the Transit Oriented Development District at the site of the proposed Metro-North train station will have to wait as the Town Plan and Zoning Commission voted to extend its deadline to review and amend its existing TODD regulations. The decision will also extend the moratorium on any proposed TODD projects to September 30.
The moratorium was implemented earlier this year after the Commission approved a proposal by Orange Land Development LLC (OLD) to construct 200 residential units, a 799-car parking garage, and 22,000 square feet of commercial space at the site. OLD submitted a zone change application and received approval for it before the moratorium was put in place.
The Commission expects to get input from residents and hold public hearings before making the amendments. “We’ve done a lot of work and we’re close to where we are going to wind up,” said Commissioner Ozzie Parente. “By September we will have completed our changes to the regulations.” In a letter to the Commission, representatives for Dichello Distributors supported the extension, saying the company has a “major stake” in the development of the area. The company proposes using the extra time to hold public workshops so people can express their thoughts and concerns in an “open, flexible dialogue.”
“Whether we get input from the public in the usual way through public hearings or meetings or in a workshop, I don’t think it matters as long as we get to what we’re comfortable with as final zoning amendments,” Parente said.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent