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Zoning Board Draws the Line in Dobbs Ferry

Lines will be drawn in Dobbs Ferry and those lines will determine what will and what won't be constructed in the village.

The Dobbs Ferry Zoning Board of Appeals met Wednesday night to hold public hearings of applications filed in the village.

No one showed up to represent Mercy College's application to appeal a decision of the building inspector. The application was to convert/construct a dormitory addition on property located at 555 Broadway, but was adjourned when no one was present for the appeal.

The next hearing was an application filed by Nick Presta and Celeste Diaz to construct a rear yard in ground pool at 33 Livingston Avenue. With the construction of the pool a wall would also be built from ground level to block out views of the street. A neighbor had already filed a complaint about the appearance of the wall. The application was granted on the basis that the applicants received a license from Metro-North.

An application from the Dobbs Ferry Lutheran Church was heard next at the meeting. The church proposed a plan to reduce a two-family dwelling at two Storm Street to 4,000 square feet. The minimum for such an application is normally 5,000 feet. There were about a dozen Dobbs Ferry residents on hand to hear the decision. Terms of the application stated that a playground would be kept on the plot of land. The application was granted and afterwards the room cleared out as most were present to hear this decision.

Beacon Hill Estates filed an application that was heard for three variances to resurface its existing parking lots located on Beacon Hill Drive. The area is approximately 15 acres with about 158 living units. The application was to resurface the parking service and walkways on the land. The proposed work would take place over five years in various phases. However, the board was reluctant to grant a decision based on its jurisdiction and the estates lack of handicapped accessibility.

"This is a serious issue," said board member Paul Friedland. "We may be unintentionally condoning a violation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) variance."

The Beacon Hill Estates representatives were told to seek legal advice and to then issue an opinion as how to move forward.

"We just need a clear way that we can legally work through this," said board member Peter Hofmann.

The next Zoning Board of Appeals meeting can be found on the village's calendar .

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