City of New Rochelle, NY
Westchester County
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§ 331-1 Statement of purpose.

To guide the future growth and development of the City in accordance with the City's Comprehensive Plan.
To regulate and limit the height, bulk and location of buildings hereafter erected, to regulate and determine the area of yards, courts and other open spaces, and to limit the density of population in any given area, and for said purposes to divide the City into districts.
To regulate each class of buildings uniformly throughout each district, although the regulations in some districts differ from those in other districts.
To secure safety from fire, flood and other dangers and to promote the public health, safety and welfare, including, so far as conditions permit, provision for adequate light, air, convenience of access, and the accommodation of energy conservation systems and equipment and the access to sunlight when necessary therefor.
To regulate, with reasonable regard to the character of buildings erected in each district, the value of land and the use to which it may be put, to the end that these regulations are designed to promote public health, safety, and welfare and the most desirable use for which the land of each district may be adapted.
To conserve the value of buildings and enhance the value of land throughout the City.
To regulate and restrict both the location of trades and industries and the location of buildings designed for specific uses, and for said purposes to divide the City into districts. To prescribe for each such district the trades and industries that shall be permitted, those subjected to special regulation, and the uses for which buildings may not be erected or altered. Such regulations are designed to promote the public health, safety and general welfare and are made with reasonable consideration, among other things, to the character of the district, its peculiar suitability for particular uses, the conservation of property values and the direction of building development, in accordance with the City's Comprehensive Plan.
To protect the character and social and economic stability of the City and its neighborhoods.
To bring about the gradual conformity of the use of land with the Comprehensive Plan and to minimize conflicts among the uses of land.
To promote the most beneficial relationships between the use of land and the circulation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic throughout the City, with particular regard to the avoidance of congestion and the provision of safety and convenience.
To provide a guide for the efficient provision of public facilities and services and for private enterprise in building development, investment, and other economic activity relating to uses of land throughout the City.
To limit development so that it does not exceed the capacity of existing and programmed public facilities and services to adequately support it.
To avoid hazardous conditions and excessive damage resulting from stormwater runoff and flooding, and to encourage the appropriate use and sound management of natural resources throughout the City.
To preserve the natural beauty and historic values of the City and its neighbors; to protect the City against unsightly, obstructive, and obnoxious land uses and operations; to enhance the aesthetic aspect of the natural and man-made elements of the City; and to ensure appropriate development with regard to those elements.
Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan. By Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2011, the City of New Rochelle has adopted the Compact Plan, as amended from time to time, as a statement of policies, principles, and guides to supplement other established land use policies in the City. In its discretionary actions under this zoning code, the reviewing agency should take into consideration said statement of policies, principles and guides, as appropriate.[1]
[Added 10-11-2011 by Ord. No. 182-2011]
Editor’s Note: See also Ch. 40, Greenway Compact.