The Board of Trustees of the Village of South Nyack finds:
That the public health, welfare and safety of a community should be protected, as much as possible, by rational planning with the aim of ensuring a successful future for the residents of the community and the governmental agencies that serve them; that this aim is achieved by a process here called rational planning; that rational planning presumes that goals and objectives for the public health, welfare and safety of the community can be clearly stated and consensually agreed upon, even though mutable; and that a cyclic process of rational planning proceeds from these goals: first measures of the state of the community must be identified from which assessment of goal attainment can be made; then the method(s) and protocol for the collection of these metrics should be specified and the data collected; third, the data should then be summarized and integrated to assess the current state of goal attainment; fourth, that the discrepancy between the current state and the desired goal(s) should be described in detail and policy and practice alternatives designed to reduce the discrepancy enumerated; and fifth, that these alternatives should be thoroughly evaluated and the preferred alternative selected and implemented. The process then returns to enter a new cycle; and
That success at each step in the rational planning process is proportional to the breadth and level of detail of scope and description of goals and measures; to the inclusiveness of community and governmental agency involvement and input; to the transparency of the process as an open endeavor the results of which impact every citizen; and to the sensitivity of the planning process to the dynamics between the majority and various minority viewpoints: and that at its best, planning involves, informs and enlightens all of the members of the community and strengthens the bonds of common interest; and
That the plan describing the rational planning process with its goals, measures, data, discrepancies, policies, practices and alternatives; and a description of the process by which these will be refined and evolved over time, comprise a Village Comprehensive Plan (VCP); and
That the creation and development of the VCP is best accomplished by a Comprehensive Planning Board (CPB) of community members whose breadth of interest, expertise, perspective and talent broadly encompass the citizens of the Village; appointed by the Village Board of Trustees; and charged to produce the VCP; and
That the board charged to produce the VCP be granted the privilege and authority to assemble community members, interested parties and experts as necessary to accomplish its charge.