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Jessica Bacher, executive director of Pace University’s Land Use Law Center featured in "Westchester Business Journal" talking about the new “Land Use Development Playbook”

02/21/2018 News Release Image

Jessica Bacher, executive director of Pace University’s Land Use Law Center featured in "Westchester Business Journal" talking about the new “Land Use Development Playbook”

Westchester Business: "Westchester County Association, Pace team up for land use ‘playbook"

By Ryan Deffenbaugh

As real estate developers eye projects such as mixed-use apartment buildings across Westchester County, it’s important that municipal zoning keeps up.

That’s at least part of the thinking behind the new “Land Use Development Playbook,” a collaboration between the Westchester County Association and Pace University’s Land Use Law Center. The book is expected to be published this spring. The idea is to help Westchester’s local governments improve the rules and systems that guide their zoning and land use approval processes.

“There’s a lot of disconnect currently between planning and zoning and the market,” said Jessica A. Bacher, executive director of the Pace Land Use Law Center. “This is to bring those closer together and take the time to evaluate those trends in conjunction with planning and zoning.”

Bacher said those trends include “interest in mixed-use development, opportunities near transit, opportunities for live-work space, the need for affordable housing in our region and the reuse of office parks.”

The playbook would offer strategies that could adjust to those trends in the market, while also considering community feedback, helping the municipal tax base and promoting employment and affordability.

Municipalities throughout the county have already rethought planning and zoning in some cases to attract development. New Rochelle has a number of large-scale apartment and retail projects under construction in its downtown as part of a master plan that calls for attracting $4 billion in investments around the city’s downtown Transit Center.

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