Orange County, NY - KJ Files FOIL Request On Orange County Legoland Project
Orange County, NY - As excitement swirls around the new Legoland project in Orange County, some neighbors of the proposed attraction have expressed concern about the mega theme park, including the Village of Kiryas Joel which submitted a FOIL request asking for information regarding the project.
The request filed by Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP, an Albany based law firm on behalf of the village, asked for “originals and drafts of all laws, regulations, ordinances, procedures, correspondence, memoranda, emails, decisions, handwritten or other notes, meeting minutes and/or agendas” of the proposed LEGOLAND project,” as reported by the Epoch Times(http://goo.gl/n5X9lz).
A source within the village who asked to remain anonymous said that the village wanted to review the documentation in order to make sure that zoning rules are being applied universally.
“Whatever rules apply in Kiryas Joel should apply to Legoland as well,” the source told VIN News.
Kiryas Joel has previously been involved in other issues involving land use in Orange County, suing the Town of Woodbury in 2011 over the lack of affordable housing in its zoning plan. This past April, the village sent a notice to local officials indicating its interest in becoming involved in the rezoning and redevelopment of Camp La Guardia, a 258 acre former homeless shelter located in Chester and Blooming Grove.
According to The Photo News (http://goo.gl/oNpk9z), the notice, written by Kiryas Joel attorney Michael G. Sterhous, categorized plans to rezone the property for commercial purposes as “socio-economic discrimination” and “exclusionary zoning.”
“There is an identified regional need for low to moderate income affordable housing in that area of Orange County and by changing the zoning that would previously have allowed residential development to industrial development, they’re foreclosing a significant opportunity to meet that regional need,” said Sterhous.
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