Glen Road, the block of our residence since 1956, has been subjected to two zoning actions within a six-month period. In addition, available information indicates that at least one and possibly two ranches may petition for variances sometime in the future.
What may be progress for some is dreambusting for others.
Since the New York Village Zoning Law was substantially changed in about 1992 and later changing the basis for variances from "undue hardship" to "practical difficulties" to "a balancing test" involving five criteria, it is difficult to understand why our own latest "Rules of Procedure of the Board of Zoning Appeals" is dated May 18, 1954 and our latest zoning laws are dated Sept. 25, 1990 with minor amendments, not pertinent to our situation, dated 1991 and 1996. The petition used still refers to "undue hardship."
NYCOM, an organization of which the Village of Garden City is presumably a member, has published several articles which suggest major changes in many areas of the zoning procedures and management which other Nassau Villages have adopted.