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Planning Board Voices Concern Over Safety Violations at Navajo Fields

Planning Board reviews safety violations and other problems at Navajo Fields, reviews new self storage facility at Staples Plaza, and discusses how to provide public access to Lake Osceola.

Planning Board
1/14/2013


Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.
 
1. Re-approvals and time extensions
Pending additional information, the Board postponed granting re-approvals or time extensions for the following applications: Adrian Auto Body, Hilltop Associates and the Arrowhead subdivision.
 
2. Trump Park sales building
John Schroeder, speaking on behalf of the Yorktown Land Trust and the Westchester Land Trust, advised the Board that the condo development had reached the threshold that required the dismantling of the “temporary” sales building that sits on a conservation and recreation easement.
 
3. Staples Plaza – Planet Self Storage
The Board reviewed plans to utilize the remaining 85,000 square feet of vacant space in the building’s basement for self storage units.
 
4. Lake Osceola Realty Corp. (Hill Boulevard)
The Board discussed various options for providing public access to the site’s planned conservation/recreation easement that will provide access to the lake shoreline.
 
8. Creative Living (Navajo Fields)
The Board expressed concern about serious safety violations at the site and frustration with the applicant's general failure to follow the Town’s rules and regulations.

This summary is being provided by Citizens for an Informed Yorktown, a non partisan grassroots organization whose goal it is to inform residents about what's happening in our community and to increase the level of resident participation in town affairs.

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Evan Bray January 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM
A couple observations about the "Navajo Fields" issue: 1) Yorktown should eliminate the code enforcement officer position (currently held by Jason Zeif) because there is no code enforcement in this town. What is this guy doing all day? Want to convert your house to a church? Just do it, no need for permits. Build and let children occupy tent structures without a permit? Go right ahead. In Yorktown, we call these egregious violations of the law "miracles." 2) Earlier the applicant was trying to argue that they might not need a permit because it's an air supported structure. That's a ignorant argument and their attorney and site engineer know better. They just play dumb when it's convenient for their applicant. NYS regulates all tents and air supported structures in the building and fire codes (http://www2.iccsafe.org/states/new_york/NY_Fire/PDFs/Chapter%2024.pdf). So, in summary, hire the right people and you can do anything you want in Yorktown. Even if the planning board and building inspector point out serious safety violations and work without permits, their hands will be tied to enforce the law. Never ask for permission from Yorktown first. Do what you need to do and beg for forgiveness later.

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