Sabatino said he supports this type of development, but encouraged village officials to be more specific in the code. The village should specify what it wants in terms of mixed-use projects, he said, even down to how these buildings should look.
“I feel like this is a start,” Sabatino said of the code changes. “Don’t be afraid of going further.”
Fare said that the code changes create a formal process for mixed-use development to come before the Board of Trustees. “These types of uses are becoming more popular in our surrounding communities,” he said, “and a need for these uses in the village has been expressed to us by a number of village residents and interested developers.”
When he was elected mayor, Fare and his running mates promised sweeping zoning changes. The goals, Fare said, are a less burdensome application and approval process for residents looking to enhance their homes, and to encourage businesses owners to come to the village.
“Valley Stream is open for business,” he said.