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, March 24, 2016

Yorktown Really Does Treat Mohegan Lake As the "Red headed step-child."

You should be aware that Yorktown wants to rezone about 5 acres to allow 220 units of housing on Route 6 across from the "Winery."  It's such a large site it has frontage on Strawberry Road.  The biggest problem seems to be that grandma won't be able to make a left on Route 6 to make it to the JV Mall for morning coffee.  She'll just have to take a right and turn around at the Winery, or Mobil, or CVS.  Great Town Planning.  What's important to note here is that the owner could build about 10 single family homes as-of-right, meaning no rezoning required.  That's not enough ROI though.  Need a big return to "Move Yorktown Forward," I guess.

Effed in the A.  Have you ever driven around here during a holiday weekend?  Even a normal weekend with normal traffic  = shit.  Wait until we have "220 units" meaning like 400 people--really old people that don't know how to drive--AND that can't make a left on to route 6 to get to the JV Mall for coffee at Subway. 
Yorktown really does seem do just want to "eff" Mohegan Lake, in a bad way.  Re-zone an acre (1) to allow 36 bedrooms over 2 buildings of of over 16,000sf.  That's totally normal, apparently.  Re-zone 5 acres for 220 units?  Totally normal.  You live in the northwesterly part of Yorktown?  Be afraid; be very afraid. 

The Yorktown Town Board appoints volunteer appointees to the the Planning and Zoning boards, and all the advisory boards.  They serve at the the pleasure of the Town Board.  The Town Board sets the the tone and the boards follow suit.

Let's be a little more careful in the future about who we elect to head up the Town Board which sets the tone of our town planning policies.  


marisa ragonese said...

I really think we need to organize-- we ought to have a meeting. You should lead the efforts!

Evan Bray said...

I really appreciate the thought. I'll gladly be involved, but I'm not much of a leader. I think you're right though. We should have a monthly [?] meet-up to discuss Yorktown planning issues. Maybe we do it at the Winery. Or Brodie's Or Asian Sushi Fusion Wild Grill and Bar (or whatever it's called). Or Augie's. You get the idea.