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Sullivan County, NY - Fallsburg Passes One Year Moratorium On Housing Developments

Published on: June 27, 2016 11:04 PM
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FILE - FILE photo - Kids play in Sullivan County at one of the bungalow Colonies (Eli Wohl/VINnews.com)FILE - FILE photo - Kids play in Sullivan County at one of the bungalow Colonies (Eli Wohl/VINnews.com)

Sullivan County, NY - A one year moratorium on all developments encompassing more than five residential units was unanimously approved tonight by the Fallsburg town board.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/WI7P70), Fallsburg Town Supervisor Steve Vegliante said that the moratorium was designed to give the town an opportunity to devise a plan to accommodate growth within the town which has expanded significantly in recent years.  Vegliante was insistent that the town’s current growing pains are not religiously motivated and that he intends to continue fostering understanding and communication between the town’s varied residents.

The town, which includes Fallsburg, South Fallsburg, Mountaindale, Hurleyville, Loch Sheldrake and Woodbourne, currently has 8,000 homes, with almost 4,000 homes currently in the planning stages.  1,200 of those homes that already have final approval or conditional final approval from the town would be exempted from the moratorium.

A public hearing held last week at the Woodbourne Firehouse gave more than thirty town residents an opportunity to express their views on the moratorium.  Concerns about local sewer systems were a hot topic, reported the Sullivan County Democrat.

John Wallace, a worker at the South Fallsburg waste treatment plant that serves the town said that the facility was already overtaxed because of the many summer residents that flock to Fallsburg in the warmer months, resulting in an unpleasant lingering odor in the area.

“You smell that smell?” asked Wallace.  “That is not the lack of us doing our job. That’s the point where the sewer plant cannot handle what’s coming in.”

Wallace acknowledged that the town must consider the needs of both summer and year round residents.

“The people who come here in the summer are part of our community and we need to respect them as we do the people who are here in the winter,” observed Wallace.

Other residents raised concerns about additional developments impacting negatively on the town’s water supply and its rural character.

Rebecca Pratt, one of the founding members of Fallsburg’s Future which has raised concerns about development in the town, said that residents are not looking to prevent construction but are hoping for “responsible development.”

Jay Zeiger, a Woodbourne attorney who often represents developers at town meetings, argued against the moratorium, saying that heavy development has been going on in Fallsburg for the last decade, giving the town board plenty of time to contemplate responsible growth.  The only real issues, argued Zeiger, are water and sewer services.

“Fix those problems,” said Zeiger.  “You don’t need a moratorium to fix that.”

Several speakers said that the moratorium, , which could be extended an additional six months, could spell financial ruin for the many town residents who are employed by the construction business.

“There are no other jobs in the Fallsburg/South Fallsburg area,” said Leo Castillo owner of LC Construction.

Mountaindale resident Laura Marichal said that she had no choice but to leave her hometown ten years ago in order to become a doctor.

“I wanted to live in a place that wasn’t dying,” said Marichal.

Marichal said that summer residents have kept the town going, describing them as “the only reason we have only local businesses,” asking the board to find a way to correct the town’s infrastructure problems “without putting thousands of people out of work.”

Vegliante pledged to assemble a diverse group to work on a comprehensive update to the town plan.

“We want a cross section because that’s what Fallsburg is,” said Vegliante.


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 Jun 28, 2016 at 01:45 AM YosseleGoylem Says:

What if I dig my own well - as an independent source for water, and install my own septic system to take care of my own sewer. Would they let me build?

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 10:22 AM Joesef Says:

It is time we vote in our own people who share our interests and values.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 10:59 AM LONGBEACH13 Says:

These summer residents think they own the place. Yossi is wrong. You can build a single family house with no problem. If you want to build a huge development you stress out the resources of the community. Joesef is wrong too. How can you live and vote in Brooklyn and expect to vote in Fallsburg.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 11:35 AM The Professor Says:

Reply to #2  
Joesef Says:

It is time we vote in our own people who share our interests and values.

Which will undoubtedly include a plank in your platform that will call for an expansion of the sewerage plant in a way that only heimisheh sewage will be accepted and treated!

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 11:46 AM Hey Says:

What about the casinos??

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 12:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
YosseleGoylem Says:

What if I dig my own well - as an independent source for water, and install my own septic system to take care of my own sewer. Would they let me build?

Will you build your own roads too? How do you propose solving the traffic issue? So you will never go to town, honk someone in front of you or double park?

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Joesef Says:

It is time we vote in our own people who share our interests and values.

New neighbors in Ramapo refuse to follow trash, garbage, and parking laws. They refuse to even say "Hello" when walking past our houses. Moratorium on building? ??? Absolutely until they follow laws meant for ALL of us.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 01:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
LONGBEACH13 Says:

These summer residents think they own the place. Yossi is wrong. You can build a single family house with no problem. If you want to build a huge development you stress out the resources of the community. Joesef is wrong too. How can you live and vote in Brooklyn and expect to vote in Fallsburg.

One person lives in Brooklyn and votes in kj, Monsey, Brooklyn and fallsburg. They have fake identities.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 02:30 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I support this measure.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 02:39 PM The Professor Says:

Reply to #5  
Hey Says:

What about the casinos??

Wrong town. There are no casinos planned for the Town of Fallsburg. The stress to the sewage system spikes on Motzai Shabbos when the collective consumption from everyone's neshomo yisayro is discharged.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 04:50 PM our loss! Says:

we've been way too symapathatic whats really happening is as follows most of the big developers like brezel are using modular & prefab so the bulk of the money is not local also kj yungeleit have gotten organised and a lot of the contracts are going to meshelanu and than you have these older ppl who just cant stand the signs of life , when i go to krm on a thursday night i truly enjoy seeing the tzibur & shefa

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 06:49 PM LONGBEACH13 Says:

As this debate proceeds the know nothings are not aware that there at least two multi unit housing developments being built. One is on Route 42 just north of the Fallsburg traffic light
The second development is just east of the traffic light over the bridge on the left as you proceed to Woodridge.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 08:14 PM Hey Says:

I'm not disagreeing that unfortunately we make a chillul hasehm .
However don't kid yourself and believe their sewer alliby.
Had this been the casinos they would have figured out the roads and sewers.

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 Jun 28, 2016 at 08:16 PM Hey Says:

According to wiki monticello was swarming with tourist back in the days.
Just wondering how did they manage traffic then.

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 Jun 29, 2016 at 09:52 AM The Professor Says:

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Hey Says:

According to wiki monticello was swarming with tourist back in the days.
Just wondering how did they manage traffic then.

Prior to the Korean War, many people came up to the Catskills by railroad. Though there were a few hotels in the Monticello- South Fallsburg-Woodbourne area,many of them were relatively small and so were the bungalow colonies. Most of the hotels have now been converted to summer camps where the rebbes have at least one car, and the more modern colonies are larger with multiple vehicles per family.

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