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Public Hearing October 8, 2019 - Local Laws 7, 8, and 9 of 2019

A work session was held by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Babylon on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. On the motion of Trustee Muldowney, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, the meeting opened at 4:55 p.m.  On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM,

153 WEST MAIN STREET, BABYLON, NEW YORK,

ON TUESDAY,

OCTOBER 8, 2019

PRESENT:

Mayor Ralph Scordino

Trustee Tony Davida

Trustee Mary Adams

Trustee Robyn Silvestri

Attorney Gerard Glass

ABSENT:

Trustee Kevin Muldowney

The meeting opened at 7:02 p.m.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Trustee Silvestri.

The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held at the Municipal Building, 153 West Main Street, Babylon, NY, on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the adoption of proposed

Local Law #7 of the year 2019

to amend current Village Code, Chapter 281, regarding Rental Property.

Complete text of the above Local Law is available in the office of the Village Clerk, on the Village website: www.villageofbabylonny.gov, or can be requested by calling the Village Clerk’s Office at (631) 669-1500.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place, and they will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Attorney Gerard Glass explained that proposed Local Law 7 of 2019 is the end result of several months of review of the Village’s rental ordinance, initially sparked by the increasing popularity of Airbnb. The new revised code deals with transient rental properties and updates the existing code, which has not been updated since 2004.  It essentially eliminates short-term rentals for thirty (30) days or less from eligibility for rental permits, basically prohibiting Airbnb type arrangements in residential neighborhoods. Short-term rentals have not necessarily been conducive to the atmosphere the Village desires to maintain in the residential districts.  A component of this new code makes it unlawful to solicit short-term rental occupancy and includes increased fines.

The Board felt this was a positive update to the code, preserving the community and the safety of residents.

The meeting was opened to the public; those who spoke in opposition to this local law:

-          Susan Maxwell Trumbull, 32 Oak Street, Babylon

-          Stacy McFadden, North Babylon, Realtor in Babylon Village

-          Allan Trumbull, 32 Oak Street, Babylon

Those who spoke in favor of this local law:

-          Dennis Ude, 57 Mason Avenue, Babylon

On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Silvestri and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

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The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held at the Municipal Building, 153 West Main Street, Babylon, NY, on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the adoption of proposed

Local Law #8 of the year 2019

to amend current Village Code, Chapter 153, regarding Fences and Hedges.

Complete text of the above Local Law is available in the office of the Village Clerk, on the Village website: www.villageofbabylonny.gov, or can be requested by calling the Village Clerk’s Office at (631) 669-1500.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place, and they will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Attorney Glass explained that this change was proposed by the Village’s Building Department due to what was perceived as some inequities in the code pertaining to fences and hedges.  

The first component involves corner lots.  For corner lots, it increases the distance from the corner where fences are required to be three feet or less in height from twenty (20) feet to thirty (30) feet.   

The second component addresses the existing code which treats fences and densely growing hedges as one in the same.  The new code carves out some adjustments to the language to allow for hedges and densely growing shrubbery in certain circumstances where a sight obstruction is not created.

The Board was in favor, as this addresses visibility issues and safety for line of sight.

The meeting was opened to the public; those who spoke in opposition to this local law:

-          Patricia Terry, 18 Park Avenue, Babylon

-          Allan Trumbull, 32 Oak Street, Babylon

-          Gary McGlinchey, 151 Sumpwams Avenue

-          Jerry Miskovsky, 55 Washington Street

-          Jerry Hortsman, 58 Washington Street

On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

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The Village Clerk read the legal notice:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held at the Municipal Building, 153 West Main Street, Babylon, NY, on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as can be heard to consider the adoption of proposed

Local Law #9 of the year 2019

to amend current Village Code, Chapter 365, Article IV, Section 20, Subsection C, Retail Business Districts, pertaining to building heights on Railroad Avenue and Depot Place between Deer Park Avenue and North Carll Avenue.

Complete text of the above Local Law is available in the office of the Village Clerk, on the Village website: www.villageofbabylonny.gov, or can be requested by calling the Village Clerk’s Office at (631) 669-1500.

All interested persons should appear at the above time and place, and they will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Attorney Glass explained that the current code was a recent enactment which allowed for buildings in the Railroad District to be forty (40) feet in height with three (3) stories.  The new code amends the number of stories permitted within the forty (40) feet to be four (4) stories.

The Board was in favor of this amendment to the code, as the revitalization of that specific area of the Railroad District encourages downtown development and shopping.  The renovation of the building on the corner of Railroad Avenue has been a very positive improvement.

The meeting was opened to the public;

-          Mrs. McGlinchey, 151 Sumpwams Avenue

On the motion of Trustee Davida, seconded by Trustee Adams and unanimously carried, it was

RESOLVED to reserve decision.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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Village Clerk

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