Manorhaven revokes moratorium to add fee structure

Manorhaven revokes moratorium to add fee structure
Manorhaven's Village Hall. Trustees voted to lift a previously imposed six-month building moratorium in order to add a fee structure for permits and other fees and adjustments. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Manorhaven Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday to revoke a six-month building moratorium approved just a month ago.

The trustees said the change in course was needed to add a fee structure for permits and other fees and adjustments.

Trustees unanimously approved the local law in October.

During this moratorium, Manorhaven would not accept or process any special permits, site plan approval, demolition permits or building permits. No person or entity could also subdivide any property in the village.

Mayor John Popeleski told the Post Washington Times that the moratorium will be reinstated at the December trustee meeting. He previously said the village implemented it to “preserve what [Manorhaven] has left.”

“We’re going over all our codes and laws and we want to see what’s right,” he said. “We do have a lot of antiquated codes that need to be updated.”

None of the village board members went into detail about the revocation or what the changes would specifically entail.

“Whereas it appears that a Local Law was passed with regard to a moratorium on building construction within the Village of Manorhaven during the year 2022,” the meeting agenda says. “Which needs to be refined to add a fee structure for permits and other fees while making other adjustments.”

Some had spoken out against the moratorium in October. Critics claimed that the lack of time between its introduction and implementation was unfair to builders.

“This will have a significant impact on not just people who are planning to develop in the village,” Kevin Boroumand, a lawyer and developer in the village, said. “But actually people who have already expended considerable sums to develop in this village and by its terms.”

The village passed the law under Village Law, Municipal Law, Home Rule Law and the State Environmental Quality Review Act and its implementing regulations, the meeting agenda said. They used a similar justification in September when they expanded their zoning and planning boards to seven members.

Manorhaven’s next trustee meeting will be held on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.

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