February 19th, 2019
Today, Sustainable Port Chester Alliance released our policy statement on the planned rezoning of Port Chester. The document, “Stay and Thrive: A Blueprint for Fair Rezoning and Development in Port Chester,” outlines the policies we believe need to be implemented to ensure that the rezoning truly benefits our community.
The Village’s plan to dramatically change its zoning code and pave the way for major new real estate development could create a number of opportunities for Port Chester residents. But without vital community benefits and protections, the development resulting from the rezoning could drive many of us out of our homes and stores, crowd our schools, and bring more low-wage work to Port Chester.
Our document, like our campaign, is called “Stay and Thrive” because we’re fighting for residents and small businesses to be able to stay in Port Chester and not be displaced by development or resulting rising rents, and, at the same time, to thrive with quality education, successful local businesses and family-sustaining jobs created by the rezoning.
The blueprint explains how Port Chester can do just that. In it, we put forward a set of policies that will help keep families in their homes, prevent small businesses from shutting down, create new affordable housing, ensure fair funding for Port Chester’s schools, and create a path to life-changing careers in the building trades for Port Chester residents.