Supervisor Venditto Announces July 10 Hearing On Proposed Building Moratorium In Massapequa
A proposed six-month moratorium on the issuance of building permits for the construction of new and expanded buildings; demolition permits for buildings except for unenclosed additions such as decks and porches; preliminary or final approval for any subdivision plat or partitioning map; building demolition permits; and variances related to lot area, lot dimensions or setbacks for new buildings in certain residential areas of Massapequa will be the subject of a Tuesday, July 10, public hearing by the Oyster Bay Town Board, according to Town Supervisor John Venditto.
"Since the enactment of a building moratorium in the residential areas of Oyster Bay hamlet, during which time a planner conducted a study of potential development and redevelopment followed by implementation of zoning controls recommended in the study, residents in other communities have asked if the Town could impose a similar moratorium," Supervisor Venditto said. "Because of recent construction trends that are eroding the character of residential neighborhoods in Massapequa, the Town Board is considering the imposition of a moratorium, during which time the Town's planner would conduct a study of the area and make recommendations concerning zoning and other measures that would provide the proper balance to allow for development and redevelopment while protecting the character of the community."
The Supervisor went on to say that the moratorium would include all residentially zoned property south of Merrick Road between the Town of Oyster Bay's borders with the Towns of Hempstead and Babylon.
"The neighborhoods that are part of this study are established communities whose residents cherish their quality of life," Supervisor Venditto stated. "My fellow Town Board members and I share the desire of the residents to perpetuate the established character of these neighborhoods and ensure that redevelopment and new development not only compliment the existing communities, but reinforce the special assets that make them such desirable places to live. We will do whatever we can to put in place proper measures to protect and preserve the look and feel and sense of place of these neighborhoods."
The Supervisor noted that the meeting will be held in the hearing room of Town Hall East, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the regular Town calendar, including the above-mentioned hearing, will be called. Following the regular Town business, the Town Board will be available to listen to public comment on any matter.