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Yorktown Board Extends Moratorium Through December

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — The Yorktown Town Board voted Tuesday to extend the building moratorium until Dec. 31. The moratorium, which stops residents from being able to apply for permits and to build on their property was originally enacted in August and set to last only three months.

Supervisor Susan Siegel explained Tuesday that the moratorium had to be extended while the board holds public hearings on other laws that are being revisited, including the accessory structure law. The public hearing on the moratorium did not feature anyone who wished to speak about the topic, and was passed unanimously.

“We need a little bit more time to revisit the laws,” Siegel said. The supervisor explained that the moratorium on issuing building permits for accessory structures also declared the town as the lead agency. This makes it so that the board can hear cases for which residents request relief for a moratorium. In the event the board sees that the moratorium causes the resident a hardship, the board can vote to allow it.

According to Siegel, the revenue accumulated through permit fees that has ceased due to the moratorium poses no financial loss to the town.

“If somebody is building something of significant size we would get the money on the building permit fee, but we can still get that when people apply for it after the moratorium ends,” Siegel said. “While this may seem like a very minor thing, it’s been a tricky thing to figure out what the best thing to do.”

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