Village Board Approves Local Law Change, Appoints Civilian Patrol Officer

The Village Board convened on Monday, July 2, for its first meeting of the month, which would also serve as the final Public Hearing regarding changes to several local laws. Over the past several months, Village officials have been working with the Village Planning Board to amend the Village Code and a Local Law pertaining to maximum building height for new construction projects, as well as regulations concerning zoning for mixed use buildings in the village’s B-1 District.

Following the conclusion of the Public Hearing, the Board approved Local Law 1 of 2018 Amending Chapter 98 Schedule B of the Village Code Entitled “Zoning” and Village of Pawling Local Law No. 4 of 1994. The new regulations serve to clarify the maximum height of new construction projects within the village. Buildings may not exceed a height of 13 feet per floor, with a maximum height of 50 feet.

The Board also approved amendments to the Comprehensive Plan concerning shop fronts in mixed use buildings in the village’s B-1 District. Specifically, officials enacted these changes to allow the Village Planning Board to have greater flexibility in determining residential and commercial space usage in properties occupying certain areas in the Village of Pawling. Properties on Charles Colman Boulevard, East Main Street, and West Main Street will still prohibit residential rental space with frontage to the street. Residential space will be available in the bottom floor of certain properties surrounding the Village, but will be determined by the Planning Board on a case-by-case basis. Officials emphasized that these regulations will only allow for moderate changes, even as the Village sees an influx of residential space with new construction projects. Furthermore, all proposed residential space will be reviewed by the Planning Board with special considerations for parking, sidewalk space, handicapped access, and maintaining the aesthetics of the Village. The proposed local laws amending the Village Code were approved unanimously.

The Village Board also adopted a resolution enacting a Local Law Amending Chapter 98 of the Village Code Entitled “Zoning” to authorize a civilian patrol officer to issue appearance tickets to enforce zoning regulations with regard to parking. This action came a response to numerous resident complaints about occupants of multi-family houses parking vehicles on the front lawn of homes in the village. Concerned residents citied the parking problem as harmful to the appearance and overall aesthetic of the area. The Village Board appointed Lou Musella as the part-time civilian patrol officer, and authorized him to issue tickets that will require violators to appear in Village Court. Local Law states that apartment houses may not use the front lawn as a parking area, and those in violation will now be held accountable under Chapter 92 Entitled “Vehicles and Traffic.”

In closing business, the Board approved permits for two upcoming events. The Pawling Fire Department Parade will be held on Friday, August 3, with staging areas on Willets Drive and in the parking lot at Pawling Products. The parade route will run from Town Hall to Lakeside Park. The Board also approved the Pawling Resource Center’s annual “Walk So The May Ride” Walkathon, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, September 22. The events were approved unanimously.

The next Village Board meeting will be held on Monday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall, 9 Memorial Ave.