Hempstead Creates New TOD Zoning for Inwood and Lawrence

Vision Board and staff were out this week at the Town of Hempstead board meeting in support of a TOD rezoning in the communities of Lawrence and Inwood.

In a unanimous vote, three distinct zoning districts were established.  The zones will allow for dense transit-oriented-development by the train station where current industrial use exists, while also creating a mixed use district and a residential townhouse zone closer to the single family homes.

The goal of the new districts will be to provide a mix of housing and commercial use surrounding the two train stations.  It will also encourage the redevelopment of some of the local light industrial developments in line with the newly created zoning.  It is hoped that the area can use smart growth principals to grow and sustain a vibrant local hamlet with easy access to the LIRR stations.

Cameron Engineering from Woodbury served as planners an engineers for the new zoning districts, which they said were the help to incentivize private investment and preserve the character of the community.  “This is a transformative project that could be a model for other areas in the Town of Hempstead and the rest of Long Island,” said Cameron Engineering Principal John Cameron. “Credit to Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman, for making a plan that works for developers and the residents in the area.”

Over a dozen community and business leaders spoke in support of the proposed new zoning with one who had questions.  Vision testified in support as well and was happy to see the formal support of the local civic.  

“We are excited about this project for many reasons,” said David Hance, President Inwood Civic Association.  “This can bring us into 21st century. We can have retail opportunities, restaurants.  Any development comes with pros and cons but we hope hiring local Inwood and Lawrence residents in the construction. We have some fine people in all walks of life who can use the work.”

Congratulations to Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman for pulling the community together for multiple meetings and to Cameron Engineering for shaping and drafting the plan with local input. 

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