Blooming Grove Creates Preservation Committee
Master Plan & Zoning Code Hearing on 6/18
By Edie Johnson
This week’s Town Board Meeting came near to the finish line on several important environmental projects. First the board passed a resolution in support of the County Legislature’s Hudson Valley Community Preservation PDR/Home rule request to New York State Assembly. which, if passed will simplify the process of purchasing development rights, especially for farmland protection. Next, when asked the status of the Comprehensive Plan/ Zoning Revisions that were sent to County last week and are close to being finalized, Supervisor Rob Jeroloman said it has in fact been reviewed by County Planning and then sent back to the town with a request for the SEQRA addendum. That request will be forwarded to Planner Bonnie Franson and then back to county for any final comments.A Public Hearing date was set for what is hoped to be the finalized proposed Zoning Code and Master Plan Amendment, at Town Hall on June 18 at 7:31 PM.
A Preservation Committee of up to 7 members is being established and will work with the Conservation Advisory Committee, Zoning, Natural Resources Inventory and Land Use Regulations to identify key properties, views and strategies that will protect the town’s rural character. The town board will have a liaison, and other board members stated they plan to attend at least some of the meetings as well At least 5 members have already been selected, but anyone interested in participating should send a letter of interest to the Town Board. The Committee will submit a report to the board with recommendations at the end of 2 years. The Supervisor added that both the Palisades Park Commission and the Land Trust have expressed interest in helping to preserve a number of key environmental parcels
Ward Representative Reports:
Sonia Ayala updated the status of the Blue Bus court case, in which the judge has requested written reports from each attorney, after which he will make a decision. Mayor Jim LoFranco has been meeting with Quality (School) Bus Company. Speed warnings have been posted up through Worley Heights, and police officers have been stopping speeders. She reminded everyone that this coming Sunday (June 9) is the Village of South Blooming Grove Community Day, with face painting, its usual spectacular bounce field, food, music and good company.
George Doering reported that the property maintenance issue along his road that had taken a long time to correct has finally been resolved.
Tom DeVinko reported that the Village of Washingtonville is developing a plan for extending commercial business zoning on Route 94. Public Hearings will be held. He also thanked the many participants and the Parade Committee for a well run Memorial DayParade.
Steven Amante reported that in Ward 6 there have been some drainage issues. He is looking into some traffic solutions for Route 208/Round Hill intersection which has a line of sight issue that will get worse with addition of full-day kindergrten. There may be rumble strips added.
Lasser Park and its Concession Stand are nearing completion (hoped for completion date July 4) and town workers are commended for doing a great job. Look for a recreation fields story in the coming weeks.