How do you keep the Village of Mamaroneck from evolving into overbuilt urban sprawl? Answer: Pass a law restricting development.
This comes after a boom of residential development in the Village of Mamaroneck, such as the $1.4 million dollar plus Philips Harbor Townhomes on Boston Post Road, the Mason on Waverly Avenue and the Grand on Mamaroneck Ave., the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mamaroneck is tightening the reins on residential growth while adding assurances that any new apartment, townhome or condominium complexes include some affordable housing.
With a goal of reducing density, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a law to curtail future residential development by 44% and prohibit any new residential buildings in several zones including stretches of Mamaroneck Ave, the marine commercial area on Boston Post Road and parts of Old White Plains Road. After several public hearings, the new law was passed at the August 28 village board meeting.
Some of the new rules:
- Buildings will be restricted to three or four stories depending on location
- Restricted development within 50 feet of the Long Island Sound or any waterway with flows into the Long Island Sound.
- Resident buildings must provide fair affordable housing units in accordance to size
The Board of Trustees was working against a deadline to pass the new law. In April 2018 the board put a freeze on all new large development plans by instituting a moratorium which was lifted on August 31.
Village Mayor Thomas Murphy commended the move to safeguard the character of the village.
“There was a time where developers came in, made their money and got out, but that’s no longer the case. This law sends a good message that the community cares about what it’s going to look in 20-40 years,” the mayor said.
“We want to keep a community where families feel comfortable to move here, have children travel on streets that are safe and have a walkable community where it still feels like a small town.”
Detailed information can be found on the Village of Mamaroneck website under Planning Department. Click here for direct links for the adopted law and FAQs.
photo: Courtesy Philips Harbor Townhomes
Debra Quintana has been reporting for The Loop for several years. After living in Larchmont for 20 years she and her husband moved to Mamaroneck 3 years ago. Debra was a television news reporter in Texas, Florida, Colorado before moving to New York where she worked at WPIX-TV and WCBS-TV. She currently serves as the manager of The Golden Shoestring in Larchmont.