June 12, 2018 “Village officials are nearly ready to pull the trigger on approving an updated zoning code and lifting a thrice-extended building moratorium that some Hasidic Jewish residents find restrictive to their plans to expand their homes.
The final step in the process that began in October 2016 starts Tuesday night with a public hearing on the proposed zoning code changes before a subcommittee of the Comprehensive Master Plan Review Committee.
“We are in the home stretch,” Mayor Philip Gigante said in an announcement to residents. “The comprehensive plan is complete and ready for adoption. The only thing left is amending and adoption of the zoning laws.”
The updated zoning code being offered seems to offer more restrictions on the use of residential homes as houses of worship concerning the size of the dwellings, parking and other issues concerning gatherings in homes.
The mayor estimates the updated zoning code and lifting of the moratorium will be completed possibly on August 20 after the proposed changes are reviewed and the public can comment.
The Board of Trustees extended the moratorium for another three months into September for the third time on June 4.
A copy of the proposed zoning changes is available on the Airmont village website. Residents can send comments on the proposed update until noon June 13. The zoning committee will consider the comments for changes or inclusion into the proposals on June 14.”
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