Legal notice

LEGAL NOTICE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Board of Trustees of the Village of South Floral Park will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 8:00 PM. in Conference Room 2, Elmont Public Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, New York 11003, to consider the adoption of:

Bill No. 1 of 2022, A proposed local law to amend § 178-5 of Chapter 178, “Streets and Sidewalks,” of the Code of the Village of South Floral Park, to restrict number of curb cuts for each lot, and to regulate construction and dimensions of curb cuts and driveway aprons in abutting right of way, and to amend Article II, “Residence District Regulations,” of Chapter 210, “Zoning,” to regulate construction, dimensions and use of impervious surfaces, and use of non-impervious surfaces, in front yards  

The full text of Bill No. 1 of 2022, is available on-line, at the Village website, www.southfloralpark.org , and at Village Hall, 383 Roquette Avenue, South Floral Park, New York 11001 , between 9:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m.

All interested parties may attend at the aforementioned time and place or send written communication to the Village Office to be heard. Any individual requiring special assistance to attend should notify Village Administrator Mary Long, (516) 352-8047, at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mary Long,

Village Administrator

October 7, 2022     

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                                                                        Bill No.  1  of 2022

      Local Law No.       of the year 202_

      A local law       to amend § 178-5 of Chapter 178, “Streets and Sidewalks,” of the Code of the Village of South Floral Park, to restrict number of curb cuts for each lot, and to regulate construction and dimensions of curb cuts and driveway aprons in abutting right of way, and to amend Article II, “Residence District Regulations,” of Chapter 210, “Zoning,” to regulate construction, dimensions and use of impervious surfaces, and use of non-impervious surfaces, in front yards  

Be it enacted by the Board of Trustees                                   of the

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City                of South Floral Park                       

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as follows:    

Section 1.       Legislative Findings. The Board of Trustees of the Village of South Floral Park has determined that restricting the number of curb cuts that service each lot in the Village promotes the health, safety and welfare of the Village and its residents, by reducing impervious surface, and encouraging natural ground cover and vegetation in front yards, while limiting the number of points along each Village street at which motor vehicles can enter and exit the traffic on the street.  The Board recognizes that the Village has recently received a number of applications to create second curb cuts at parcels in the Village, and that the present Code does not regulate same in a manner that adequately promotes the public health, safety and welfare. The Board of Trustees has further determined that regulating the manner of construction and the dimensions of portions of driveways and other paved surfaces that are situated in the abutting public right of way creates uniform standards for surfaces used by pedestrians and vehicles in the public right of way.  In addition, the Board of Trustees has further determined that provisions of existing Village Code Section 178-5, contained in Chapter 178, “Streets and Sidewalks,” of the Code, that regulate conditions contained in front yards of residential lots, should be amended to regulate the manner of construction, the dimensions and the use of driveways and other paved surfaces in front yards, in order to promote the health, safety and welfare of the Village and its residents, and that such provisions addressing front yards of residential lots should be contained in the Zoning Chapter of the Code, which regulates the use of private property, rather than in Chapter 178, “Streets and Sidewalks,” which regulates the public right of way.

Section 2.       Authority.  This local law is adopted pursuant to the New York State Municipal Home Rule Law. 

Section 3.       § 178-5, “General requirements,” of Article II, “Driveways and Walks,” of Chapter 178, “Streets and Sidewalks,” of the Code of the Village of South Floral Park is hereby amended to read in its entirety as follows:

“A. No person shall construct or maintain in the public right-of-way abutting any residential lot in the Village any driveway, passageway or walkway, or any portion thereof,  of any material, connecting such lot to any public street in the Village so as to block, or in any way obstruct the free and proper use of the gutter of such street, or so that any part of such driveway, passageway or walkway shall extend nearer to the centerline of such street than the line of the curb thereof.  No person shall construct or maintain any driveway, passageway or walkway, or any portion thereof, in the public right-of-way abutting any residential lot in the Village that is not laid at a grade reasonably acceptable to the Building Inspector, consistent with the abutting sidewalk and street.

B. There shall be not more than one (1) curb cut permitted for any lot used for residential purposes; provided, however, that a second curb cut may be approved by the Board of Trustees, upon application to such Board on form acceptable to it, following a public hearing on such application, if the Board determines that relevant circumstances warrant approval of a second curb cut, and such approval does not adversely impact the public health, safety or welfare. 

C.  No person shall construct or maintain any driveway from or to any public street within the Village without a cement or concrete apron from the sidewalk area to the gutter. No apron or curb cut for any property used for residential purposes shall be wider than 16 feet, including an 18 inch segment on both sides thereof that gradually and uniformly increases the elevation of the apron and/or curb cut to the height of the curb into which such apron is cut.”

Section 4.       Article II, “Residence District Regulations,” of Chapter 210, “Zoning,” of the Code of the Village of South Floral Park is hereby amended by adding a new § 210-11, to be entitled “Restrictions on front yard impervious surface; Restrictions on use of non-impervious surface in front yards,” to be added immediately after the end of current Village Code § 210-10, “Maximum building coverage and lot area,” which new § 210-11 shall read in its entirety as follows:

§ 210-11.   Restrictions on front yard impervious surface; Restrictions on use of non-impervious surface in front yards

A. No person shall construct or maintain in the front yard of any residential lot in the Village any driveway, passageway or walkway, or any portion thereof, of any material, connecting such lot to any public street in the Village that is not laid at a grade reasonably acceptable to the Building Inspector, to be consistent with the grade of sidewalks and any portions of the driveway, passageway or walkway that extend into the abutting public right-of-way.

B. No paved or other impervious surface shall be permitted in the front yard of any lot used for residential purposes except for use as a driveway, parking area or walkway from the sidewalk or the driveway to the front entry of the residence.

C.  The aggregate width of all driveway and continuously or intermittently paved area for the parking or storage of motor vehicles on any lot used for residential purposes shall not exceed 35% of the width of the lot upon which it is located; provided, however, that such aggregate width shall in no event exceed 26 feet.  No walkway or passageway from the sidewalk to the front entry of the residence in a front yard that also contains a driveway shall be closer than 4 feet to such driveway. The area of a front yard that does not contain paved area for the parking or storage of motor vehicles or for any such walkway or passageway shall contain lawn or plantings or other vegetation.

D. No motor vehicle shall be parked in any front yard of a lot used for residential purposes except on an impervious surface that satisfies the foregoing provisions of this Section. ”

Section 5.       This local law shall take effect immediately.