Mohegan Lake Legal Defense Fund

History of this site

This site was originally set up to fight 3 of 5 zoning variances proposed by the FBC development at Sagamore Trail and Mohegan Ave that eliminates two single family homes while nearly quadrupling the parking and occupancy loads of the old Lakeland Jewish Center. That effort failed and the application is currently before the Planning Board.

While Save Mohegan Lake will continue to update you on that issue, we are moving on to all issues affecting the lake, such as Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) meetings, agenda and budget. This site is not an official mouthpiece for MLID, but some updates will be provided on this site; the official site is located here.

We do it all here, so long as it's Mohegan Lake related. Feel free to submit comments, content, garage sale notices, police blotters, PSA's, essays on the virtues of our 105 acre ice rink, rants, raves, etc... We love it all.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Let's Run The Numbers

The current occupant load of the existing site is approximately 160 people. That is based on the Yorktown Examiner article below (click on image below, to enlarge):

The proposed occupant load on file with Yorktown for FBC's new development is 344 people; that's over twice the current occupant load. They derive their parking capacity from a ratio prescribed by town zoning: for every 3 pew seats, there shall be 1 parking space.

Additionally, they are trying to claim the that the entire first floor of the building will never be occupied when the second is; I'll expound on that later in an essay entitled, "Non-simultaneous occupancy: pushing the envelope of responsible development in the modern age."

Based on photographs I've published previously(you can see them by clicking on this link), There are approximately 97-98 cars parked on and around the site on a typical Sunday; but for argument's sake, let's say there are 86 cars parked there, on average.

86 cars is what is proposed under the new development. Doubling the occupant load of a site that can barely support the occupancy of the much smaller church today is of concern.

I'm not against the church and I've expressed my concerns, in person, to Pastor Zottoli; he's acted in good faith and expressed a willingness to work with the community of Mohegan Lake. There was a working session of the Planning Board tonight, 4/11/11, which I observed. I'm positive that Faith Bible Church and the community of Mohegan Lake are going to get this done together, in a responsible manner.

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