WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. July 7,2009: Westchester County Communications Director Donna Greene, in response to WPCNR's request for an explanation why the County Planning Department withdrew its call for a thorough SEQR review of the Winbook-Lexington Avenue site before the zoning change approved last night, has issued this statement,after consultation with Westchester County Planning Commissioners:
Commissioner Habel forwarded additional information to the Planning Department on Monday relating to the Winbrook rezoning proposal. She also spoke with the Planning Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Monday to advise them that the city previously had provided incomplete information to the county Planning Board with regard to this action. She noted that the previously submitted information gave the mistaken impression that there is a site plan for the Winbrook property when in fact there is none - only a concept to show that at least one option can work on the site.
The newly submitted information will be reviewed by (White Plains) Planning Department staff and, as may be appropriate, recommendations will be made to the county Planning Board for its consideration.
With regard to redevelopment of the Winbrook site, the county Planning Board previously wrote to the city that "Planning for a mix of fair and affordable housing to a range of incomes, integrated with commercial services, should set the framework for creating a more attractive, functional and vibrant urban community."