Legoland is not an alternative to high-density residential development, your Zoning and Master Plan are.
Don't violate them or you will erode protections from both.
If you allow Legoland and the current Town Board of Goshen to violate the Goshens' Master Plan and change the zoning, you will erode protections from both.
For those who are just joining this conversation:
What Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Goshen Supervisor Douglas Bloomfield are trying to do is scare you into accepting Legoland because, according to them, "It's Legoland or KJ".
You are not backed into a corner.
Bloomfield and Neuhaus are greatly underestimating your intelligence if they expect you to believe such a lie.
The KJ or Legoland argument is created by Fear Mongers who want to scare you into agreeing to letting the lesser of two evils into Goshen.
They are trying to sell you on a possible future scenario that has already played out.
You do not need to fear what will happen if a high-density developer comes to goshen for the legoland site.
We already know the outcome BECAUSE it already happened!
We watched Goshen say NO to high density.
Furthermore, they said NO to high density development on the exact site Legoland wants to develop in more intensive ways! High density development on the Legoland site can NOT happen if your town officials use your current zoning to protect your town, which is what it's there for. The current Zoning and Master Plan of Goshen, New York protect you, your health, the towns' resources and your property value.
The high-density proposal for this site is not something to fear happening in the future but is actually something that has happened in the past.
A high-density developer has already tried to develop this site, that is a FACT. Your town board did the right thing (said "NO") and used the towns' current zoning and master plan and the overwhelming evidence that this site can not support such development to turn them down.
IMAGINE THAT!?Goshen already did exactly what Concerned Citizens for the Hudson Valley is suggesting they do again, now. We are suggesting they do exactly what they did in April 2016 for the same site, the difference is this proposal is hundreds of times larger than the last proposal they turned down.
Officials rallying behind the proposed new Las Vegas style Zoning District in Goshen are using the "it's this or KJ argument" to essentially convince Goshen "Let us cut off your foot to save your leg"..... Yes either way you'll still be in a wheelchair but hey you will have more of your leg!".
Goshen is smart enough to know better because the facts point elsewhere.
FACT #1 This applies to KJ or ANY housing development proposed for the 524 acre Goshen, NY site. The most dense this site could possibly be developed is 3 and 6 acres per house. It has been proven over and over again that this site can not sustain such dense development because of its environmental sensitivity. This is a hilly, heavily wooded site that does not have the water capacity to sustain even it's most intense zoning of 3-6 acres per house. It has so little water houses would need a 20-30 acre site to not over-tap the aquifers. These 524 ARE Otter Creek. Town of Goshen documents state, it is essential it remain wooded to protect the Otter Kill that flows through the town of Goshen's reservoir systems.
FACT #2 A development proposal for this exact site was turned down in April 2016, just months after Neuhaus and Maureen Halahan (Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp and Orange County Partnership) brought Legoland officials to Goshen in a tour bus.
FACT #3 The only way KJ OR Legoland could get through the approval process is to change laws, write new zoning, provide water and violate your master plan. Two new laws are proposed for just this change.
IF you approve law no 5 and no 6 that were specifically written for Legoland (the definition of Spot Zoning) and change the protections your current Master Plan offers, the previous denied developer has the right to sue the town since the reasons he was denied included his minuscule increase in traffic and (of course) water concerns. Legoland needs more water and the increased traffic far exceeds that from previously denied developments on this site.
FACT # 4 This is not the ONLY site "they" could develop. Once you bring water and sewer to that part of goshen you have now made high density development/KJ easier. Do you know how New Patz protected their town from Wal-Mart? They didn't approve the water from the village to the site!
FACT # 5 There are 214 acres directly next-door to the Legoland site. Town board members say the owner is itching to sell this land. It's incredibly clear the town of Goshen would be laying the perfect groundwork for KJ-Goshen BY providing exactly everything they need including water and sewer except the difference is now (if you approve law no 5 and no 6) you would have made sure KJ now knows your own zoning laws and masterplan mean nothing to your town board.
If you bend the rules for Legoland, you will have to bend the rules for any special interest group that comes along from now on.
P.S. Merlin Entertainments F.E.I.S. says the above lots do not exist....
FACT # 6 Proposed Legoland and "Kyras Joel-Goshen" would both need the EXACT same things
1. municipal water brought to the site
2. municipal sewer brought to the site
3. a change in zoning
4. disregard for the towns' Master Plan
Making these changes for Legoland only makes it easier for High Density Development to move in right after Legoland and right next door to Legoland.
Supervisor Bloomfield and County Executive Steve Neuhaus have used this "Us or them Boogieman" tactic to attempt to scare the public into allowing them to violate your master plan, change your zoning and write new laws for a foreign entity AND bring water and sewer to arguably the most environmental site left in Goshen next to the reservoirs.
The pro legoland Town & County officials have attempted to feed you lies. Lies that if believed would have you feeling you are so desperately backed into a corner that you would allow this violation of your laws with no independent cost benefit analysis to even refer to?
The pro legoland Town & County officials have absolutely NOTHING to back up the claims that Legoland will be good for young families. What does that even mean anyway "Good for young families"?
Extensive research has proven we're holding firm to one of the states LOWEST unemployment rates and 5 seconds of research will reveal to you these are the kind of jobs we DO NOT NEED ANY MORE OF. These Amusement Park Jobs are mostly seasonal and the 300 or so year round jobs are largely at a rate which is half of the minimum living wage to afford an apartment or pay a mortgage in this area.
Amys Kitchen is being developed and originally boasted "thousands of Jobs". Of course, now we know those jobs numbers were over inflated, like most Times Herald Record reports for Jobs of Economic Development Projects. Amys thousands of jobs was reduced to 700 and in reality will be closer to 500 jobs but hey that's still 500 jobs in Goshen. Further proving there are a plethora of jobs at the same rate to continue to flood our market with positions that can not support a family or pay a mortgage or taxes in this area.
The only way Legoland OR High Density Residential Development could occur on this particular site IS if corruption and blatant disregard for the local laws, zoning and Master Plan are involved.
Look at what happened in the town of Wawayanda with $300,000 in verified bribes for power plant that will be putting poison in the air of Orange County.
When town officials stop adhering to zoning and make a variance here and there (and we are not talking about a setback for a fence or a garage or barn) like when they totally disregard minimum acreage requirements, the master plan of the town and bring water and sewer to sites, this is what you get (see bloomingburg or wawayanda or rockland county officials in the recent news) ...
Now, compare what happened in Wawayanda, Monroe and Bloomingburgh to towns with respectable elected and appointed officials like Warwick and Forestburgh.
Ever wonder why the CPV power plant or Shalom Lamm could not get through the approval process in those towns? Because Towns who stick to their zoning and master plans protect their citizens from such atrocities.
Towns officials that adhere to their zoning, protect the people they are supposed to represent .
Towns that adhere to their zoning, preserve the values of the real estatein addition to people's health which directly relates to water and traffic. You will notice real estate is worth more in areas where shenanigans like CPV Power Plant, Legoland and High-Density do not obtain blanket approvals.