Why Read the New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966? Well, heck, the same reason you would read the 1996 Comprehensive Plan!
The City recently put up an EnvisioNR web site which looks pretty cool, actually. Go check that out. But today I am going Old School.
I spent part of my afternoon today in the Development office reading through old traffic studies and looking through the 1966 Master Plan, or at least parts of it. That's not a typo. Lynn Brooks-Avni, Senior Planner was kind enough to dig through their files and provide various traffic studies related to the Weyman Avenue Large Scale Retail area. She also found an original version of the Master Plan from 1966. Unfortunately, all they could find was Part 2. So, if you have Part 1 laying around somewhere please let me know.
I took digital photos the every page of New Rochelle Master Plan of 1966 Part 2 and then cropped them and put them into PDF format. Maybe someday there will be a bette version but at least now there is a decent electronic version available. If Part I turns out I will do the same thing with that (I am thinking either Barbara Davis or Len Paduano or someone like that will come through).
By the way, I am interested in any old records like that so if they are cluttering up space at your house let me know what you have and I may come collect them.
The EnvisioNR planning process is intended to create a revised Comprehensive Plan for the City of New Rochelle, a successor to the Revised Comprehensive Plan which was adopted by New Rochelle City Council on July 30, 1996. That revised plan built upon the Master Plan for New Rochelle completed in 1965 which was updated in 1977. There is also a plan from the 1920's and if we are lucky Lynn Brooks-Avni may be able to get me a copy of that too. That would be about the first such document because there was no zoning in New Rochelle prior to that document's publication. Stay tuned for that.
I will have something about the traffic studies from Weyman Avenue once I wrap my head around that. I am learning all about Automated Traffic Recorders, Levels of Service counts and stopped delay per vehicle data. I want to get that together because the do the traffic study related to the proposed diner. From a preliminary look at the various traffic counts, I think the traffic is a lot higher than was forecast but we shall see once I can crunch some of the numbers.
While I am asking for documents, there is a Weyman Avenue Urban Renewal document from 1993 that was destroyed in the 2012 flood at City Hall (a pipe burst). This would have some additional traffic data in it, before all that stuff was built there and so a nice baseline set of data. If you have that please let me know.