A contested high-density housing development has won approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals, leading an opposition group to consider filing legal action to block the project.
The developer wants to build 15 to 20 units on approximately one acre off Union Road, just across the road from the massive Bluefield complex of multiple family townhouses, according to court papers once filed against the project.
Called the Bluefield Extension, the development would introduce multiple-family housing to a neighborhood of predominately single-family homes, potentially changing the area’s character, according to leaders of the Citizens United to Protect Our Neighborhood, known as CUPON.
The larger issue remains Ramapo’s failure to maintain single-family housing and instead, favoring developers and multi-family housing complexes, CUPON’s Micheal Miller and other advocates have said.
Miller said Tuesday that CUPON’s lawyers, including attorney Susan Shapiro, are reviewing the documents and the audio of the ZBA meeting on Monday night in Ramapo Town Hall. The ZBA decision for final approval had been delayed for months.
“We’re going to get with the lawyers and determine what we want to do about this,” Miller said. “We will decide whether to file an Article 78 to block the decision or appeal. I had thought the bought would reject the proposal and force the developer to resubmit the plans.”
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