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September 22, 2014
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Camp laundromat considered


In April 2010, a Sullivan County real estate agent testified that a house near a camp is worth 30% less than the same house not near a camp. At the March 1 hearing, this reporter, a former Sullivan County real estate agent, testified that the buildings that went up since 2002 have reduced property values on the street by about $70,000, which would ultimately result in lower tax payments to the town, school district and county.

A man who identified himself as a real estate agent from Fallsburg said the buildings did not reduce property values because people who would like to walk to the synagogue at the camp would want to buy the houses.

The NY State Court of Appeals has written of nonconforming uses, “the highest priority of zoning is their reasonable restriction and eventual elimination.” The board and Garigliano have indicated in the past that the current town code does not allow them to say no to the expansion of nonconforming uses.

The board will again consider the permit request at a meeting on April 5.