100 Ideas for New Paltz

29. no more mcmansions

Set a cap on square footage for residential construction. There is no reason for McMansions; besides being aesthetically damaging, they undermine the rural character of New Paltz that so many cherish.

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  1. lagusta said, on June 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    {swoon} Would that we could.

  2. Jason West said, on June 23, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    We can. It’s a fairly simple zoning law. In fact, many communities use exactly that tactic to prevent big box development. If a Wal-Mart needs 100,000 square feet of space, you simply make sure that in every zone in the community, you can’t have more than 50,000 square feet of commercial space.

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