2017 Village Zoning Changes
In 2017, the village board changed the village zoning laws to create a "floating zone"
that would allow 5 - 6 story residential apartment buildings throughout much of Pelham's downtown, where previously
only 3-4 stories is allowed. Pelham Preservation Society supports new development that would enhance our downtown, including
the addition of age-restricted senior housing. However, we believe that such development can be accomplished within
the height limits of the existing zoning laws, just as was achieved with the "Marbury Corners" condo complex on
The proposed "floating zone" legislation:
The Pelham Preservation worked to find a compromise with the village on these zoning changes. Recognizing
that some elements of the current zoning law pose challenges for new development that could otherwise help revitalize
the downtown and ensure its preservation and the organization worked diligently, drafting alternatives, attending
multiple meetings and work sessions with the village board and recommending other ideas to encourage reasonably-scaled,
smart-growth development, including townhouses and office buildings. The organization was successful in limiting zoning
changes to allow only for townhouses and not high rises at the north end of Fifth Avenue. While unsuccessful in having other
alternatives adopted and maintaining the traditional height limits, the organization continues to monitor new applications
to the village under the new code to determine their impact on the character of Pelham.