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Yorktown Planning Board Review Of New Tree Law Heats Up

Faith Bible Church, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The Yorktown Planning Board approved an application to demolish an existing unused building on the site.
Faith Bible Church, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The Yorktown Planning Board approved an application to demolish an existing unused building on the site. Photo Credit: Google Maps

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- A proposed new tree ordinance led to lengthy discussions, among a variety of topics, the Yorktown Planning Board addressed at Mondays' meeting, according to Citizens for an Informed Yorktown.

Board member John Flynn reiterated the comment he made at the previous meeting finding the current law clearer, but the board did not agree that the current law should be kept.

In response to a resident's question about if the law needed changing, board member John Kincart said feel the law "usurped property rights," and board attorney Bruce Barber expressed the Town Board wanted to "streamline the process."

The board agreed on having a tree survey, but because each application is different, the board wanted any requirement for a survey to be flexible.

Planning Director John A. Tegeder noted that the Land Development Regulations also require a survey but has a provision allowing the board to waive the requirement.

The regulations, as expressed in the meeting, require a survey for 8 inch trees but that the propose new law considered only 12 inch trees; the board felt that something between 6 to 8 inches was needed, but added that depending on the site, a cluster of 6 inch trees might be more important than a single 12 inch tree.

Barber suggested that in place of, or in addition to size, the law should more improtantly look at the trees’ function

Other meeting highlights included:

Chase Bank, Commerce Street: The board opened and closed a public hearing, leaving open a 14 day written comment period. A decision is expected either in August or September.

Staples Center/Gas pumps: Because the DEP required some changes to the original stormwater plan, some minor site plan changes had to be made. To date, there has been no interest from prospective restaurant tenants for the additional building approved at the time the gas pumps were approved.

Faith Bible Church, Mohegan Avenue: While the earlier Planning Board approval is tied up in litigation, the board said it was OK for the applicant to demolish an existing unused building on the site.

For more details about Monday's meeting, visit ciyinfo.org

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