Tuesday, December 01, 2015      
Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council

Resident Survey

As part of its review of Scarsdale's Tree Ordinance, your Conservation Advisory Council seeks to better understand residents' sentiment regarding trees, their maintenance, and removal.  This single page survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete.

We thank you for your participation!  Here is the link:

Survey Link

Who Are We?

The Scarsdale Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) is an advisory body to the Village Board of Trustees. The Council studies issues affecting the local environment and also maintenance of the Village's "natural" character.  Issues may include open space, wetlands, trees, energy conservation, and other "sustainability" issues.

When Do We Meet?

The Council generally meets once a month on Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m. in a meeting room at Village Hall.  CAC meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend with the understanding that guests can speak only when invited to do so.

NEXT MEETING: Meetings currently are dynamically scheduled.  Contact us for more information

Who Serves on the Council?

As with all Village Board or Councils, the nine (full strength) Council members are volunteers appointed by the Village Board of Trustees.  The members serve for 2-year open-ended terms. They are:

Lee Fischman, Chair
Bana Choura
Gregory Dietz
Bernard Kobroff
Jeannie Mackler
Ron Schulhof
Josh Stampfli
Duncan Wilson
Deb Pekarek (Village Board Liaison)

Exploring Village 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.  Numerous communities nationwide were surveyed and contacted, including all municipalities in southern Westchester. The CAC advocates that regardless of which option the Village chooses, leaf mulching outreach to residents be immediately stepped up.  Its rationale is that as changes in leaf collection policy will increasingly make residents open to alternatives, they should be educated in advance about leaf mulching, by far the most desirable leaf handling option.

CAC Leaf Collection Mitigation - Final.pdf

Unit Tree Study

This comprehensive study of the unit replacement standard was completed by CAC member Julie Weinstein. The study is available here:

Equivalent Tree Unit Proposal.pdf

Tree Ordinance Review

During 2012-2015, the Council has analyzed the Village's Tree Ordinance, producing a report and recommendations. 

2013 Initial report here.
2014 Update here
2015 Brief here

Has the Council Done In the Recent Past?

The Council has previously completed a long-term project to create an open space map of the Village and to write a report with recommendations about the preservation and use of open space in the Village of Scarsdale. The Council is currently reviewing the Village tree ordinance.  Future issues may include regulation of single-use plastic bags, local energy generation, resident education and other topics.

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