Bluefield Extension Over-development Project in Hillcrest
As many of you know, CUPON-Hillcrest has been opposing this development for about three years. Initially we filed a Declaratory Judgement in 4Q2017 against this project seeking to have all approvals nullified, and subsequently filed an Article 78 as well. WE took this action because a county GML (the basis for the county lawsuit) was never issued. However, the Town and builder’s lawyers represented to the Zoning Board of Appeals that there was a GML.
Ramapo and the builder continued to advance this project through approval stages by granting additional variances in February 2018 while we were waiting for a legal decision on the Declaratory Judgement. Meanwhile the legal team for CUPON-Hillcrest found so many additional problems with this project that we developed the Article 78 and included the Declaratory Judgement into it. Including the Declaratory Judgement into the article 78 met resistance from the builder’s attorney but the judge ruled in our favor. Even now, the Bluefield Extension developer is seeking a SEQRA (environmental review) and Final Subdivision Approval from the Ramapo Planning Board.
Look for an update when the court makes a decision!