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Liberty to consider law that might limit public hearings

By Fritz Mayer
July 13, 2012

The Liberty Town Board is once again considering a law that would give the planning board the authority to sidestep a site plan review for some projects that now require it, and that would also mean that the planning board would have the authority to cancel public hearings.

The law would apply to special use projects and projects involving nonconforming uses such as summer camps, service stations or many others uses in residential neighborhoods. The law could allow the owners of nonconforming uses to erect buildings up to 750 square feet without notifying the public, which is now required, and without holding a public hearing, and the law could allow for a new building every year with no input from the public.

The law, called “A Local Law to Amend the Zoning Law to Authorize the Planning Board to Waive Site Plan Review Requirements” was proposed and drafted by planning board attorney Walter Garigliano.

A public hearing on the law will be held at the town meeting at a private home at 108 Somewhere in Time Lane, in Parksville, New York 12768. The public hearing is scheduled to start at 6:50 pm on July 16.