Cochecton to update its comprehensive plan

By LIAM MAYO
Posted 6/16/21

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At the June 9 meeting of the Cochecton Town Board, supervisor Gary Maas started talk of updating the town’s comprehensive plan.

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Cochecton to update its comprehensive plan

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LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — At the June 9 meeting of the Cochecton Town Board, supervisor Gary Maas started talk of updating the town’s comprehensive plan.

Comprehensive plans typically receive updates every 10 years or so, said Maas. And Cochecton last updated its plan in 2011, just about 10 years ago.

The board spent some time discussing what the comprehensive plan might include. The board noted regulations about the placement of solar sites, noise-control regulations and Airbnb restrictions as issues of particular concern.

Code enforcement officer Jim Crowley talked about the problems with Cochecton residents putting shipping containers in their yards and using them as primary residences. He said these shipping containers don’t come pre-certified for habitation, placing the burden of code enforcement and safety upon the town.

The complexity of the issues to be covered makes updating the comprehensive plan a daunting task. Maas mentioned that it would create a significant amount of work for the board and that the whole process would likely take a year to complete.

In the meantime, he asked board members to compile lists of what the plan should include.

In other business, the board examined the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to see if Cochecton could apply for any of its funding.

The ARP provides funding to individuals and municipalities for relief from the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has to be used on projects specifically related to the pandemic, however, and Maas said that Cochecton’s needs only qualified for one: improvements to water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.

The board discussed potential improvements to Cochecton’s sewer infrastructure that could qualify for ARP funding, including new roofing for the main building and the flow building and testing for the water.

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