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Firefighters and housing advocates have voiced concerns about the safety for students at a Route 306 private girls school and camp that continues to operate without town approvals and with fire and safety violations.
While Ramapo’s request for a state judge to order the school closed awaits a decision, Congregation Bais Chinuch Ateres Bnos is running a summer camp and has held classes for more than 300 students in multiple trailer classrooms beyond the expiration of its temporary certificate of occupancy. [Read more…]
Community View first appeared in The Journal News Aug. 20, 2018
The proposed amendment to the Ramapo Comprehensive Plan is a Trojan horse.
The destruction of zoning in Ramapo has been going on for years. Usually the Ramapo Planning Board puts together a list of all of the variances that a well-connected builder needs to build high density housing where it isn’t allowed. Then the Zoning Board of Appeals approves the illegal variances. Finally, the Planning Board gives approval to the development. Since ordinary residents don’t have the resources to sue, the illegal decision is final. [Read more…]
All CUPON organizations and the public are invited to view this movie. Seating will be limited to about 150 people.
CUPON Members and Friends,
Please save the date and join us for this meeting. The Town is considering changing the Comprehensive Plan to accommodate development of 293 housing units at the Pascack Ridge site in Hillcrest. All Hillcrest, Spring Valley, and Clarkstown residents should be informed of the impact this will have on everyone. [Read more…]
There will be a Public Hearing for the zone change for Pascack Ridge, from R-15 to MR-12, Wednesday, August 15th, 7:00pm at Ramapo Town Hall.
Here are background statements from the CUPON community, and Micheal Miller, followed by the ROSA explanation and documents that explain the critical nature of the changes proposed by the Ramapo Supervisor and Board:
This is the most important assault on Hillcrest and surrounding communities to date. While most communities in the United States are willingly or being forced to integrate housing and most other basic human rights, our elected officials in Ramapo are aiding and abetting segregated housing, here in the middle of Hillcrest, the most diverse community in Rockland county There is nothing wrong with responsible building to enhance and renew a community. That is NOT what this is. This development, and what’s to follow, will displace practically every person of color, and those with different beliefs, in this portion of the unincorporated Town of Ramapo. Regardless of your financial, health, or social status you will not be able to rent, buy or live in these proposed housing units that the town is ready to enable development. [Read more…]
Chestnut Ridge CUPON MEETING tonight (Tuesday Aug 14) at 7:00pm Faist ambulance building. Please park across the street in the strip mall parking lot.
“The Town of Ramapo has pulled a controversial proposal to give tax breaks to first-time buyers of newly constructed homes.
The plan would have lowered town taxes over five years, by 50 percent the first year down to 10 percent in the last, for those who bought a newly built home and had not owned a home before. [Read more…]
“Neighbors are infuriated by the dismissal of a lawsuit over a three-car garage they claim is a being used as a synagogue.
A lawsuit filed by the religious educational center has been dropped with the village’s support that challenged a Zoning Board Appeals ruling voiding the building inspector’s original certificate of occupancy for the structure on Spring Hill Terrace. [Read more…]
“The Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartikov is seeking $5.2 million in reimbursement for its legal fees, based on a federal judge’s ruling that the village’s zoning discriminated against it.
The village, which has a 2018 budget of $2.8 million, already has spent more than $5 million since 2007 trying to prevent the congregation from building a dormitory-style school in a wooded area along the Route 202-306 corridor. [Read more…]
The same spirit that inspired more than a dozen villages to break from the Town of Ramapo has now created the formation of seven CUPON organizations. The initials stand for Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhoods, and the unifying motivation is to prevent the uncontrolled development and disregard for the law ongoing in the Town of Ramapo.
To find and get in touch with the CUPON in your neighborhood, here are the websites to visit: [Read more…]