An approved Local Waterfront Revitalization Program reflects community consensus, provides a clear direction for appropriate future development, and establishes a long-term partnership among local government, community-based organizations, and the State.  Adapted from Department of State www.dos.ny.gov/opd/programs/lwrp 

New Rochelle LWRP 2016 

The City of New Rochelle, in partnership with the Department of State and BFJ Planning, is updating its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP).  The updated Plan will include Land Uses and Projects, a Harbor Management Plan, and a plan for Davids Island.  It will also undertake any necessary zoning changes and is integral to the current Comprehensive Plan update scheduled for completion in 2016.  

 Draft LWRP

Preparation of an LWRP

A Local Waterfront Revitalization Program consists of a planning document prepared by a community, and the program established to implement the plan. It follows a step-by-step process from vision to implementation. 

Why Plan?
New Rochelle borders Long Island Sound and includes a number of watersheds making it important to the larger region for water and coastal management.  
In addition to land development within the LWRP boundaries, water uses are subject to an ever-increasing array of use conflicts. These include conflicts between passive and active types of recreation, between commercial and recreational uses, and between all uses and the natural resources of a harbor. Increases in recreational boating, changes in waterfront uses, coastal hazards, what to do with dredged materials, competition for space, climate change, and multiple regulating authorities, all make effective harbor management complex. These conflicts and a lack of clear authority to solve them have resulted in degraded natural and cultural characteristics of many harbors, and their ability to support a range of appropriate uses. As part of an LWRP, a harbor management plan can be used to analyze and resolve these conflicts and issues. 

Benefits of an LWRP 
An approved LWRP provides a clear direction for appropriate future development and establishes a long-term partnership among
local government, community, and New York State. 

In addition, State permitting, funding, and direct actions must be consistent, to the maximum extent practicable, with an approved LWRP. Within the federally defined coastal area, federal agency activities are also required to be consistent with an approved LWRP. This “consistency” provision is a strong tool that helps ensure all government levels work in unison to build a stronger economy and a healthier environment.

Role of the State
Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterways Act offers local governments the opportunity to participate in the State's Coastal Management Program (CMP) (pdf) on a voluntary basis by preparing and adopting a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), providing more detailed implementation of the State's CMP through use of such existing broad powers as zoning and site plan review. When an LWRP is approved by the New York State Secretary of State, State agency actions are required to be consistent with the approved LWRP to the maximum extent practicable. When the federal government concurs with the incorporation of an LWRP into the CMP, federal agency actions must be consistent with the approved addition to the CMP.

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The Planning Department can be reached at (914) 654-2185
For more information contact: lwrp@newrochelleny.com