New York State SealWhen he took office three years ago, Governor Cuomo completely overhauled the State’s grant-making and development assistance process.  Today, municipalities and other entities submit funding requests to regional councils that distribute funding through a competitive, merit-based system.  New Rochelle just received word of two grant awards in the most recent round.  Here’s the text of the City’s press release . . .

The City of New Rochelle’s Department of Development has been awarded two planning grants totaling $277,200 funded through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process.

The first grant, in the amount of $198,000, will fund the update and completion of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) and associated zoning code revisions. The City will build upon previous efforts to advance sustainable economic development, with careful consideration of New Rochelle’s sustainability plan, GreeNR. The Comp Plan update and zoning code amendments will foster private investment in a more compact, mixed-use, mixed-income, energy efficient development centered around the New Rochelle Transit Center.

The second grant of $79,200 will pay to update the City’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP.) The current Draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program was developed in 1999 to guide waterfront development and incorporate a land use plan for Davids Island.

“With the assistance of the CFA grants from New York State, New Rochelle will be able to complete two vital steps in the planning phase towards our ultimate goal of smart and environmentally sound growth and development for the City,” said Mayor Noam Bramson.

New Rochelle Commissioner of Development Luiz Aragon noted “the completion of the Comp Plan and the LWRP will offer guidance for the future, based on examining existing and future conditions.  It will also deliver predictability and fairness for citizens, elected officials, and the development community by providing a vision of future land use plans that incorporates public input into the appropriate type of development for our City for years to come.”