Written by Carol Frank Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00
The Village of Great Neck Board of Zoning and Appeals accepted the Draft Environmental Impact Statement prepared by developer Frank Lalezarian’s consultants to subdivide a 3.2 acre parcel into lots for 12 homes and to construct a road into the landlocked area. A date of May 3 was set to begin the review of the Final Environmental Impact Statement. This document would be completed before the board votes to approve or reject the project.
In the intervening months, the consultants will revise their report based on the concerns raised during the first phase of the review, the public hearing which was just closed.
Along with safety concerns related to traffic, criticisms of the validity of the sound study, and the creation of a road where there is nothing but a steep wooded vista are serious concerns about erosion controls and the stability of an area that will require many tiered retaining walls.
Applications of this nature are usually under board scrutiny for many months with frequent opportunities for the public to comment and raise further questions about the proposed plan as more details unfold.
The project is also complicated by the fact that there are legal disputes regarding the applicant’s ownership of the entire parcel and the fact that the Village of Great Neck Estates would need to give permission for a road to commence at 100 Clover Drive where Mr. Lalezarian purchased a home so that he could gain access to the parcel.
Questions were again raised at the meeting as to the logic of the zoning board acting on the application prior to the resolution of these other complications.
Attorney for the board, Steve Limmer, stated that the applicant had a right to apply for variances and it is the responsibility of the board to hear the application.
The draft document is on the village website and is available at the Main Library.