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.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Public Hearing Notice for Faith Bible Church Monday, 5/6/2013 @7:30pm

There is a community meeting at the Mohegan Highland's beach on 4/20/2013 at 2pm to organize our opposition to the major new development that Faith Bible Church is proposing.

Last night it was decided that the FBC public hearing will finally go forth.  It's imperative that we show up and make our opposition known in writing.  Should you live in the area and are familiar with the proposal, please feel free to write a letter to the Planning Board. You can email or snail mail it, or both.  We only pay taxes and not Al Capellini so the planning board will likely just ignore our protests, but we should make a stand on principle anyway.

Yorktown Community & Cultural Center
1974 Commerce Street, Room 222
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
If you email, it's good practice to copy the town clerk.

Suggested issues to raise:

  • A 730 person, 8,500sf church is not representative of the character of the neighborhood.  The Lakeland Jewish Center never operated in such a manner and respected the current approvals for the site, on record with the Yorktown Building Department and Tax Assessor. Faith Bible Church illegally converted two homes to increase the occupant and parking loads without approval of the Yorktown.
  • The Lakeland Jewish Center never occupied or used the two legal residences as anthing other than single family homes.
  • FBC's proposal does not provide enough parking to support the proposed occupant load.  They currently park as many cars on site, in fact more--per their engineer's study, than will be provided with the new building.  
  • Zoning code prohibits parking in required front yards in residential districts.  Faith Bible is proposing 30 of their 63 parking spaces in required front yards.  They have no variance to do so.
  • A zoning variance to allow parking denigrates the gateway to our residential community.  Instead of a 30' required front yard, the applicant illegally parks 86+ cars wherever they feel necessary resulting in a used car lot aesthetic.  
 Much more information to come shortly.  This is the beginning of the end.  

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