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Urgent Public Hearing – Permit for Private Black Top Parking Lot
July 16, 2019 @ 11:30 pm - 1:30 am
TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019
Activity Center // 401 Washington St
On Tuesday a public hearing will take place regarding the granting of a special use permit to turn green view lands zoned for low residential (adjacent to Newburgh’s Historic District) into a private use black top parking lot for Regal Bag.
Please join us in speaking out against this “special use permit” and remind the City of Newburgh officials and the members of the Planning Board that according to the code, they are subject to uphold, this project should in no way shape or form be approved.
Below you will find key points pulled directly from the City of Newburgh code that support the REJECTION of this special use application.
“The City of Newburgh land use regulations are designed to allow a variety of uses of land, provided that those uses ”
1 – Do not adversely affect neighboring properties, the natural environment, or the character of the City.
2 – Do not impair the integrity or character of the zone or adjoining zones nor be detrimental to the public health, morals or welfare.
3 – Be in conformity with adopted planning and policy documents, including, but not limited to:
(a) The City of Newburgh Master Plan
(b) The City of Newburgh Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan
4 – Do not interfere with or diminish the value of adjoining property.
5 – Mitigate potential adverse impacts and preserve or enhance the character of the City of Newburgh
7 – Will not result in excessive off-premises noise, dust, odors, solid waste, or glare or create any public or private nuisances.
8 – Ensure that these uses are appropriate to their surroundings and consistent with the purposes of this chapter
As you see – the code is actually written to PROTECT residents, homeowners and the community at large from projects just like this.
HOW CAN YOU HELP/!?!?
1. SHOW UP & SPEAK OUT!
2. Inform your neighbors!!!!!!!!!!
3. Prove your argument!!!!!!!!
For example –
1 – Do you know an assessor?
It would be helpful if we have written statements from a few assessors that say this project will devalue adjacent properties.
2 – Outline “quoting master plan doc” how this project is not inline.
3 – Outline “quoting NLWRP” how it is not inline.
4 – Outline how it is not inline with CAC guidelines
5 – Outline how it will impair the the integrity & character of historic district ( letter from historic board?) (historic society?)
6 – Provide numbers outlining the loss of tax revenue by creating a private use parking lot as opposed to what it is zoned for low res.
7 – Provide map showing parking to public use space ratio on the waterfront. (It’s about 90% parking fyi)
Make the argument that by approving this project they are setting a precedence to approve parking all over the hillside greatly impacting the character of the city.
8 – How will this project diminish the quality of your life if you live in or own a home adjacent to this parking lot. Light. noise, emissions, loss of habitat. Losing green to unguarded open space makes properties more vulnerable to break ins and theft. Removes noise buffer from road.
9 – etc etc etc
Please use the discussion to share your ideas and findings
Information about Planning Board rules and procedures can be found in Chapter 300 (Zoning), Articles XI and XII. See below for a link to Chapter 300 of the City Code
Submission and related documents here