LEGOLAND is not KJ Alternative, in fact the opposite is true.
May 28, 2017
We won the right to vote
April 19, 2018
NEW LAWS BENEFIT ONLY ONE APPLICANT; LEGOLAND
January 5, 2017
"I would think it’s in our towns due diligence to consider whether the project is beneficial in this respect to the general welfare of the community"
"Improving the general welfare of the community this has not been demonstrated, no quantifiable proof has been put forward that can truly confirm the statement financially to my understanding so far no one has done a fully independent fiscal impact study including all direct and indirect costs using inflation against the pilot program and other financial incentives the applicant has put on the table in respect to Legoland or for any of the indirect costs municipalities might face with things like road improvements and taxes that may be incurred they’re asking orange county to do road improvements "
Transcript of Dave Gawronski presentation - Dave Gawronski –
Town Planning Board Meeting, January 5, 2017
"I joined the environmental review board at the time the Town of Goshen comprehensive plan was being edited, revised. At that time there were efforts to keep Goshen’s bucolic character in tact by creating provisions for open space, scenic corridors and buffers and also and zoning of six acre or three acre lots where water was not sufficient to support larger developments .
While I understand different administrations have different visions and change is sometimes needed the laws in my estimation are out of character with this movement. These laws may also be subject to litigation as for rulings found in 2015 NY state Division of local government services paper titled New York State zoning and comprehensive plan James A Coom government technical series referring to a case study section on page 5 describing spot zoning states a question of whether rezoning constitutes spot zoning should be answered by determining whether the rezoning was done to benefit individual owners rather than pursuing to a comprehensive plan for the general welfare of the community. It’s not for a specific set of individual owners then it could be questioned why these specific lots are then being chosen for the specific change when as we know there is at least only one application in Front of us describing some of these lots.
As for improving the general welfare of the community this has not been demonstrated, no quantifiable proof has been put forward that can truly confirm the statement financially to my understanding so far no one has done a fully independent fiscal impact study including all direct and indirect costs using inflation against the pilot program and other financial incentives the applicant has put on the table in respect to Legoland or for any of the indirect costs municipalities might face with things like road improvements and taxes that may be incurred they’re asking orange county to do road improvements . a detailed study describing overt ime how this is going to be eventually realized by various populations of taxpayers and municipal services. For example $1 million to a school district 25 years down the road may not be really significant as it is now. The same must be looked at in regards to contributions to the town of Goshen.
All that is mentioned in the DE I S for Legoland is some job creation and what the pilot may bring but not all the indirect costs to the village of Goshen town of Goshen residents. therefore I called for a recommendation to the town board of Goshen to perform this analysis to ensure they are taking the town in the right direction with solid metrics . also anon-binding referendum has not been conducted to solicit the general opinions of the project from the public either from the village of Goshen or the town of Goshen boards and a project creating divisiveness within the community may need such a measure.
Groundwater concerns are paramount as Bill Canavan was mentioning the amount of impervious surfaces involved with one of the applicants who would potentially be involved with one of these two laws if the laws pass and Legoland is built the balance of water supply to at least the aquifers there well might be greatly affected and as a town we might want to look into modifying the code simultaneously to start encouraging and requiring creative groundwater recharge methods or include additional water use restrictionsto ensure water will be available to future generations. It’s interesting that local law 9 is in there that were looking at that tonight but we also might want to also consider more stringent Swift then even the state requires just a consideration. Going forward the town board may want to alter the code making it more restrictive on our AQ3 and AQ6 lot designations disallowing subtraction of wetlands or unusable lands in the subdivision equations determining how many lots are permitted to build out and disallow anything regarding bonus lots in subdivisions.
Another thing that I think needs to be considered with these two laws property values in the village in town to be considered by the town board. Given thehistorical character of a great many homes in the vicinity of the project that the Legoland project will greatly will likely affect. I would think it’s in our towns due diligence to consider whether the project is beneficial in this respect to the general welfare of the community. in relation to concerns of any traffic delays to and from Boces Glen Arden , Elant should be concerned given some consideration for the town board as well.
Final paragraph it has been stated in the town of Goshen it was my understanding I believe this is true that the town of Goshen will be sued I believe it was Kyrias Joel if these laws are passed and legoland does develop there will be legal costs and other ramifications if these incurred suits are successful the town board should carefully project what these costs and risks might be The costs of fighting the lawsuits maybe may negate some or all positive financial impacts the town was to receive from the Legoland project . this will further cloud whether these changes will be for the general welfare of the community.