July 27, 2015

On July 7, 2015, the Town of Bedford Board of Trustees adopted a zoning amendment (“Amendment”) effectively limiting the size of ground floor uses in the Central Business (CB) and Neighborhood Business (NB) districts to 4,000 square feet.  The zoning code previously limited such spaces to 7,500 square feet.

On June 30, 2015, the Town of Bedford Planning Board had issued a memorandum (“Planning Board Memo”) recommending that the Amendment be adopted, stating that the proposed Amendment was consistent with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and in furtherance of the purposes of the Zoning Code, as set forth in Section 125-1 thereof.  The Planning Board Memo also stated that the Amendment was designed to protect the existing character of the Town’s three hamlets (Katonah, Bedford Hills and Bedford Village), that ninety-seven percent of current uses in the CB and NB district are under the 4,000 square foot cap, and that such districts abut single family residential districts.

The Amendment does not impose any cap on uses outside the CB and NB zoning districts and it does not apply to emergency service providers.  The Amendment is similar to laws passed by Bronxville, Mamaroneck and Sag Harbor.

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