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Letter: Villa Project Has Adverse Impact On Community

Just hours before the Glen Cove Planning Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 29, the board removed from its agenda the Adoption of the Findings for the Villa Project. This has been moved to the September 2014 Planning Board meeting.


We, the homeowners surrounding the proposed Villa Project hereby object to any further action on the Villa Project at this time. The legal processes giving rise to the RIO-GCA Overlay Zone and the Villa Project were erroneous and in contravention of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and, accordingly, the RIO-GCA Overlay Zone is invalid. 


There has been no notification to the homeowners within 500 feet of the subject property of the rezoning of this project with a Positive Declaration. There has been no mitigation of any adverse impacts flowing from the Positive Declaration in violation of the requirements of SEQRA and there has been no opportunity for those impacted by this project to be heard. 


The numerous and extensive adverse impacts of the Villa Project have not been properly ascertained or mitigated. For example, the applicant erroneously represented that all visual impacts have been mitigated. There has been no objective measure of visual impacts provided by this applicant. No decision can be rendered on visual impacts until the applicant is required to demonstrate the building heights of the proposed buildings through the floating of balloons or some other objective measure. 


We hereby protest the City of Glen Cove taking any further action on the Villa Project until it is demonstrated that the RIO-GCA is a legally enforceable Overlay Zone. Further, due process under SEQRA requires that the public and those affected by the project have an opportunity to be heard prior to any determinations being made. SEQRA requires that the Applicant resolve all adverse impacts prior to being granted any permission to move forward with a project. In addition, this applicant owes real estate taxes in the amount of approximately $257,000 to the City of Glen Cove and should not be granted any further review until this amount is satisfied. 


Erin Hogan