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.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Coming Up: The Rubber Stamp

I showed up 30 minutes late. I parent 3 children, but am not offering any excuses. I should have been there 30 minutes early.

It appears that the Zoning Board of Appeals deviated from the published agenda and the developer's hearing was done by 7:30. In the last hearings, the agenda followed the order as published online. This time, they started with the adjourned items first. Regardless, they knew we were to present. This pass was telegraphed. I was instructed to make 10 copies of the package which included expensive color copies; 10 copies, per ZBA rules. But that's water under the bridge.

For those of you who arrived late (at my direction), I apologize for the inconvenience. The hearing is now closed to verbal comment.

There is a ten (10) calendar day period that the Zoning Board of Appeals will accept written comments. If you are an interested party or neighbor, we encourage you to write the town about your position on the subject.

A fresh petition will be circulated to Mohegan Lake community. It will reflect the current state of the application, and clearly outline the strong opposition to these major zoning variances that the developer does not need.

It's all probably a moot point anyway as a senior board member has already declared that the ZBA "can't refuse it[all the variance requests]." (the orange words are a link to video of that quote)

We are going to insist that is not the case. We believe the Zoning Board of Appeals can thoughtfully, independently consider the application at hand and decide whether or not it conforms to existing Yorktown zoning ordinances. We also believe that when all the facts are out in the open, the Zoning Board will see that the proposed development far exceeds the occupancy that the proposed parking number of parking spaces can support. The 83 spaces to over 90 spaces (on average) they utilize today is equal to or greater than 86 the developer is proposing. More than tripling the legal occupancy while not increasing the amount of parking seems terribly inconsistent with existing Yorktown law.

Dr. John "Right Place, Wrong Time"

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