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Letters to the Editor September 29

September 28, 2016

Save our town: follow our existing laws

Dear neighbors, the Town of Tusten is going through growing pains. Zoning laws are being reviewed and rewritten by very dedicated people of this township. I ask, are zoning laws protecting our neighborhoods now?

This past year I spent most of my time reading town zoning laws, trying to understand why six of the seven planning board members would dismiss so many laws (abandonment, density, lot conforming to name a few) that shape this beautiful area in considering the proposed development on Route 25. Do they realize what they have done?

If you give special treatment to a project that enters our town, the next developers are going to say, “You gave it to him, why not to me?” It’s setting a precedent, a standard for the way this town follows the laws. If a 10-family commercial apartment complex is allowed on a single-family plot in a R1 Rural Residential District, will the planning board allow many more special-use, multiple-family apartment complexes to be created on single-family plots?

It’s a question of whether it would even be possible to prevent this from happening in the future if it’s done now. It was very unsettling when the planning board chairman uttered the phrase “when we pass this” in the middle of a public hearing. The idea that a “single” multiple-family dwelling does not have to follow the multiple family zoning laws is a word game to hide the incredible number of people per acre involved. This can be seen as a direct violation of our zoning law!

It is our hope that the laws we have right now will be used to protect our rural community of Tusten/Nar rowsburg. Permits have been issued; it is now time to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals. If you would like to read up on this, please visit www.tinyurl.com/TheNarrowsburgproblem.

To handle rising legal costs we also started a Go Fund Me at https://www.gofundme.com/savenarrowsburg.

Please come to support us at the ZBA meetings this October 3 and November 7, and help save our town.

Wanda Gangel
Narrowsburg, NY

In support of Pramilla Malick