City of Rye, NY

FAQs: Planning Department

Christian K. Miller, AICP,
City Planner
(914) 967-7167
Fax: (914) 967-7185


1.  Does the City have a Master Plan?
Yes.  In 1985, the Planning Commission adopted a comprehensive master plan entitled, City of Rye 1985 Development Plan.  The Development Plan provides long range goals, policies and recommended implementation strategies for the future use of land in the City.

2.  Does the City have a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)?

Yes.  In 1991, the City Council adopted a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP), which was later approved by the New York State Secretary of State and the United States Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management.  The LWRP includes policies to preserve the City’s coastal resources and is implemented by Chapter 73, Coastal Zone Management Waterfront Consistency Review, of the City Code.  Properties generally located east of Boston Post Road, Midland Avenue and Grace Church Street are subject to the LWRP and consistency with the adopted policies.

3.  What is the role of the City Planning Commission?

In accordance with the requirements of the Code of the City of Rye, the Commission reviews and approves site development plans and subdivision, uses permitted subject to additional standards and requirements, wetlands and watercourses permits and proposed actions in the coastal zone for consistency with the Rye City Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.  From time to time, the Commission also provides recommendations and reports to the City Council on various planning, zoning or land development matters.

4.  What laws in the City Code apply to a land development application?

The applicability of any law in the City Code to a land development application can vary depending on the specifics of the application and nature of the property.  A complete list of potentially applicable City Code chapters, however, is as follows: Chapter 73, Coastal Zone Management Waterfront Consistency Review; Chapter 90 Fences and Walls; Chapter 100, Floodplain Management; Chapter 117, Landmarks Preservation; Chapter 165, Signs; Chapter 167, Streets and Sidewalks; Chapter 170, Subdivision of Land; Chapter 173, Surface Water and Erosion; Chapter 191, Vehicles and Traffic; Chapter 195, Wetlands and Watercourses; and Chapter 197, Zoning.

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