CAC Projects

  1. Field to Meadow Conversion

    The CAC proposes to transform an unused grass field at the corner of Palmer and Secor Roads into a native wildflower meadow, enhancing the aesthetic and natural value of the site, and potentially requiring less maintenance. This proposal is supported by Friends of Scarsdale Park, Inc. and is currently being evaluated by Village staff.

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  2. Leaf Collection Options

    During 2013-2014, in support of Board of Trustee decision-making, the Council researched options for Village leaf handling. The CAC chose not to advocate a particular policy but to instead provide Trustees with a menu of options.

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  3. Sustainability That Pays For Itself

    The CAC advocates a Village policy whereby Village capital investments would be made with environmental return in mind, provided that the set of design and technologies chosen also pay for themselves. This is in marked contrast to LEEDS certification, where economic payback has been debated. This policy also is intended to provide a rationale for higher upfront investment, since debt can be serviced from future operational savings. The policy is also intended to be cognizant of site and use specifics that may make certain designs and technologies impractical; consideration of the "system" is urged rather than its components parts or any specific technology.

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  4. Tree Ordinance Review

    From 2012 through 2016 the Council has analyzed the Village's Tree Ordinance, producing reports and recommendations. Our work identified potential issues with Village canopy, as many trees may be near their end of life. While the current Village canopy stands at a healthy 50%, this may decline over the coming years. Also of concern are changes in the way residents use their properties, where they site trees, and which trees they prefer. The CAC has sought to balance property rights while insuring the Village can maintain its image as a "Village In a Park" and of course, enjoy the many environmental, health, and aesthetic benefits specifically of large canopy trees.

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  5. Unit Tree Study

    This comprehensive study of the unit replacement standard was completed by CAC member Julie Weinstein.

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