Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The Ramapo Town Board is poised to vote tonight on a higher-density zone change that would allow up to 290 units — more than double the number currently permitted — to be built on the Pascack Ridge property bordering Clarkstown and Spring Valley.
Ramapo residents and Clarkstown officials have opposed the zone change at previous meetings before the board. The Ramapo board members heard strong opposition from hundreds of residents who packed an August public hearing on the developer's zone- change request.
At least four of the five Town Board members must approve the zone change as the Rockland Planning Office has rejected the development scheme as not meeting zoning standards for the area.
The main developer, veteran builder Alex Goldberger, who owns Monsey Lumber, wants to build 220 units in 32 three-story townhouse buildings on 27.6 acres, with the maximum allowable units at 290, according to his plans filed with Ramapo.
A development of 290 units could include 133 six-bedroom apartments, 133 two-bedroom units and 24 three-bedroom apartments for an estimated 1,062 people, according to the developer's draft environmental impact statement.
For such a development, Goldberger needs the Town Board to change the property's zoning to MR-12, allowing a maximum of 12 units per acre. The current zoning allows 100 units — 56 two-family units and 44 single-family units, according to the statement.
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