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.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Consideration For The Planning and Zoning Boards

Please consider the following: the Town Code describes the "intent and purpose" of the board's duties(see below).

The developer's new zoning variance adds two new major variances; one of them nearly triples the legal limit for retaining walls allowing them to carve out a flat area on the steepest slope in the entire hamlet of Mohegan Lake! Just ask the residents who can't get their vehicles up the hill in winter and have to park on the community's wetland parking; it could be argued that this is not the developer's land--it belongs to the community of Mohegan Lake.

The emphasis on a few words below, is mine.

Planning Board

§ 10-13. Legislative findings; intent and purpose

The Town Board hereby finds and determines that in order to protect and safeguard the health, safety, welfare and quality of life of the Town of Yorktown and its residents; protect wetlands, water bodies, habitat areas, steep slopes, and other sensitive areas from encroachment; protect drinking water supplies, including both reservoirs and aquifers; protect and enhance the community character of residential neighborhoods; and protect the visual quality of scenic corridors, as well as key scenic vistas; it is necessary and proper to preserve significant remaining areas of open space throughout the Town of Yorktown. The Town Board further finds and determines that in endeavoring to accomplish said goal it will be most beneficial to have the advice and assistance of a committee of residents from throughout the Town who can formulate an open space preservation plan, advise on the Town's preservation efforts, identify open space preservation opportunities, form tactical plans and generally provide advice regarding open space preservation matters to the Town Board.

I'm not sure if the last sentence refers to the committee that developed the Comprehensive Plan for Yorktown, but it may very well apply to the staunch defenders of the Mohegan Lake Community. See you June 23rd at 7:30PM at Town Hall.

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