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Port North Extends Moratorium on Building and Development

Public Hearing on village contract with fire department cancelled

The Port Washington North Board of Trustees’ meeting on Dec. 6 was preceded by a Public Hearing on Bill 6-2011, which will allow for a six month extension of the moratorium on “subdivision, special permits and building and demolition permits for parcels of land at or near the waterfront in the village.” The original version of the bill was passed in February 2010 and was extended in February 2011. The moratorium prohibits development and alteration for parcels of land over 10,000 feet in size and less than 2000 feet from Shore Road.

Provisions of the original bill made the Village Planning Board the lead agency to investigate all options available to protect and preserve the waterfront and nearby properties. To assist in this task, the consulting Company H2M was engaged by the Planning Board to perform a study. Although H2M has made progress in their research, the firm has not yet submitted a completed report. The trustees want to provide H2M with more time and allow themselves enough time to consider a final report and take action on any recommendations. Therefore they sought an extension of the moratorium for a final six-month period that will commence at the end of the current moratorium, which expires on Feb. 1, 2012.

No community residents spoke either for or against the extension of the moratorium. The bill, including new language assuring that this will be the last and final extension, passed unanimously.

A public hearing was also scheduled regarding a new contract with the fire department. Representatives of the fire department were supposed to attend the meeting to allow for public discussion of the proposed contract. Prior to the meeting a representative of the Fire Department requested a postponement of the hearing until the Jan. 3 meeting.