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Vol. 15/Number 21

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Although an evening downpour forced the cancellation of Larchmont’s annual Memorial Day Parade last Thursday, the rain let up just enough for police and firefighters to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony. According to Mayor Anne McAndrews, the cancellation was the first in recent memory. There was no rain date.

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Village land use boards undergo state training By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

On Wednesday May 22, the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board, Harbor Coastal Zoning Management Commission and the

Board of Trustees attended a special workshop with the New York Department of State for consistency training regarding coastal management. Consistency training is done to ensure that municipal land use boards stay in accordance with lo-

cal, state and federal policies regarding zoning and management of coastlines and waterways. The main goals of the workshop were to balance protection LAND USE continued on page 8

May 31, 2013

Beach and Yacht Club tensions rise By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

Tensions between Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club and Dan Natchez, a design consultant, have come to a head recently with the attempts by the club to approve a new site plan. Natchez has attempted to appeal the plan based on its non-compliance with the village’s zoning code, but Paul Noto, an attorney representing Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club, has said that Natchez’s longstanding opposition to the club’s development stems from personal reasons associated with a working relationship that went sour in 2004. The Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club recently proposed what it has labeled an “amended site plan application” with the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals as a means of correcting a number of zoning violations found by the board in 2010. Those violations involved floor to area ratios, as well as a lack of sufficient parking. Floor to Area ratios are the ratio of a buildings total floor area, relative to the land on which it was built Natchez, who was once employed by the club as a consultant, recently issued a letter to the village Planning Board in his capacity as president of the Shore Acres Property Owner’s Association explaining how the new site plan advanced by the club is still not code compliant. The Shore Acres Property Owner’s Association deals with a piece of land consisting of 200 homes that is bordered on one side by Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club. The club’s property already accounts for 27 percent of the village’s marine-recreation zone, and includes recreational facilities of membership clubs, which include

boathouses, clubhouses and health and fitness facilities. A major flaw with the site plan, according to Natchez, is the construction of a non-water dependent building on the grounds of the club, that would sit within a 100-foot wetland buffer of the 12-acre property. The building on the new site plan is also double the size of a previous one that was proposed in 2010. “Basically, we believe that the application does not conform to the zoning regardless of which zoning standards we use,” Natchez said. “Fire access, parking, story height, building height: there are just a lot of substantive issues.” According to the letter from Natchez to the Planning Board, Building Inspector Bill Gerety issued a zoning compliance certification to the Planning Board, but that authorization is currently being appealed to the Zoning Board by Natchez. Gerety declined to comment on his issuance of the zoning compliance certification. Natchez’s appeal was contested by the club, and dismissed as a personal issue, rather than a legal one. Noto, the club’s attorney, said that Natchez’s grievances against the club are nothing new and that Natchez may have ulterior motives. “Dan is a former employee of the club. He was a consultant, he was fired for cause and is quite bitter,” Noto said. “He has been an antagonist of the club, and virtually everything the club proposes he opposes.” Noto also told The Sound and Town Report that the club has responded several times to prior correspondence regarding zoning, and the grievances are “the same thing CLUB continued on page 6


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