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Professor John Nolan, Pace University's Land Use Councel to Speak on Beacon TOD


I am pleased to announce that Professor John Nolan has accepted my invitation to visit Beacon to speak and answer questions on the topic of the Beacon Transit Oriented Development, this Monday June 28th at the City Council Workshop Meeting at City Hall 7:00 PM.

Professor Nolan’s credentials include: Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law where he teaches property, land use, and the lawyer’s role in green development. He is Counsel to the Law School's Land Use Law Center and Real Estate Law Institute. Professor Nolan is a visiting Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Professor Nolan has served as a consultant to President Carter's Council on Development Choices for the 1980's, President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development, New York Governor George Pataki's Transition Team, and Governor Elliot Spitzer’s Transition Team.

Professor Nolan is familiar with the Beacon Transit Oriented Development. He has offered several suggestions to the zone text that can be found in the February 7, 2010 Q and A document. At his request his staff has supplied the Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee with model TOD green building standards which we are using to enhance that portion of the code.

Members of the Beacon Deserve Better Committee, Main Street Corridor Committee, Beacon Conservation Advisory Committee, the Beacon Planning Board and the general public are invited to attend. Please pass this message on.

Thank you,
Steve Gold, Mayor

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Comment by Ben Royce on July 7, 2010 at 9:42am

the mta is going to build a parking garage if not a TOD. they have the ability to do this with or without the city's acquiescence because they answer to the transportation needs of the state and the surrounding area, and parking is obviously already bursting at the seams at the station

so the question is not whether or not we want a TOD, the question is do you want a parking lot or a TOD? either way, we are going to have increased cars on 9D, and this is a problem that groups like Beacon Deserves Better is pushing for more concessions on, and good for them

like Beacon Deserves Better, you should be concerned with shaping the TOD to maximize its benefits for beacon, not opposing a fait accompli. and there ARE benefits for beacon: 1,000 new relatively affluent residents 1/4 mile from main street can only help business. additionally, a development at a train station, replacing a parking lot, is about as environmentally friendly a development as you can get

finally, we have to remove the scars of 1960s "urban renewal", when they just wiped beacon and newburgh and other city's waterfronts out. beacon used to go all the way to the train tracks. so the TOD is not some horrible mutation, its actually a return to beacon's more glorious past, and will certainly only help beacon's economic and cultural renewal. i'm also looking forward to the increase in the tax base: relieve some of our tax burden
Comment by Timbo on July 6, 2010 at 11:05pm
Hey Steve, I have some huge concerns about this project. The MTA should not be calling the shots here and to be honest, no offense, you seem to be just going along with this whole thing as nice as can be. I'm sure there are a million reasons why, but the MTA needs US, we don;t need them, period. Whatever the tax revenue is from parking fees, etc, cannot be the purchase price of our community's future. I really wish there was more discussion and honest open opposition to this pending nightmare
Comment by Mara Farrell on June 27, 2010 at 7:13pm
This is great. Will he address questions about the pending Highland Valley Development Project which could adversely impact Beacon's drinking water among other negative impacts.?
Comment by Ben Royce on June 24, 2010 at 9:13am
Steve: would questions about best strategies to contend with the MTA and CSX to get the Beacon Line used be appropriate or would that be considered hijacking the forum?

(connecting the TOD to Main Street is obviously a TOD issue, so its not really a hijacking, i think)

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