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.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Good Questions

And now, back to the memo from Jacobs Engineering which is the engineer under contract by Yorktown to review the traffic study prepared by Faith Bible Church's traffic consultant, John Collins Engineering.  

The first question that the town's engineer asked tipped me off that he's on the ball.

Question #1

The project is not an expansion or renovation. It's a new development.  When you demolish all existing structures on a site, it's impossible to "grandfather" them.  Example: a two family home with a commercial use on a single zoning lot in Yorktown burns to the ground.  Can't be rebuilt and needs to be demolished.  When they go back to build what was there, they are kindly informed by the town that zoning doesn't allow for a 2 family house on the lot, single family only.  Tough luck.  That's a true story.  You cannot "grandfather" that which does not exist.  They are trying to pretend it's an expansion of existing facilities.  That's not true.  The existing facilities--including the 2 illegally converted homes--will be 100% demolished.  A new building of 5 newly combined lots (the lots are still separate) is more accurate.

Question #5 

Interesting.  A shuttle from a remote parking facility?  Where is that?  CVS and SOLE Beach?  Good question raised by the town's traffic consultant.  The planning board has actually raised the question before in a working session.  It's important to note that if this were to be an actual arrangement, the applicant, at a minimum, would require an easement with the owner of the remote parking facility.  Very interesting.

You can review the initial correspondence between the town's engineer and the applicant's here.


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