FOCAAdmin  Mar.07.2023

The Friends are active in View Preservation and its impact everywhere on the 26 miles of the trail. We know how important views of the Palisades and the Hudson River are to walkers.

A recent view preservation issue has come up in Hastings. A plan for luxury town homes that will abut the trail have been approved by the Hastings Zoning Board of Appeals. This plan was acceptable to the Friends. However, the developer has now requested approval of a plan for the building to be increased by 5 feet. With this plan the building will be 3 feet above the height of the Trail, seriously diminishing renowned views of the Hudson River and the Palisades for 125 feet of the Trail. In addition, the View Preservation statute allows for the installation of solar panels on roofs as a matter of right; their installation would further obliterate views.

The Friends have written a persuasive letter to the Enterprise, deploring this plan. We encourage all members to follow suit and write letters to the Enterprise, and to the Zoning Board and the Board of Trustees in support of our position of preventing this increase in height of this building.


Rivertowns Enterprise (
Hastings Zoning Board (
Hastings Village Trustees ( to turn it down.

We will attend the ZBA hearing on March 23 at 7 PM in Hastings Village Hall to voice our opposition. We urge all concerned to inform others and consider appearing in person to add your support.

Zoning Board of Appeals
7 Maple Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Village of Hastings on Hudson
Board of Trustees
7 Maple Street
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  10706
914 478 3400

For Questions and more information please contact:
John Flack