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Vote NO on Town of Ramapo Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Pascack Ridge

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I AM A TOWN OF RAMAPO RESIDENT (OR TOWN OF CLARKSTOWN RESIDENT LIVING NEAR THE PROPOSED ZONE CHANGE) and I petition the Town of Ramapo Town Board to not approve the proposed amendment to the Town of Ramapo Comprehensive Plan to downzone the Pascack Ridge area from R-15 to MR-12 zoning.

The Town of Ramapo is considering a planning zoning change that can accommodate up to 295 new homes in a area of only 28.5 acres which is environmentally sensitive with wetlands, a county river, steep slopes and a utility easement. This change is not only inappropriate for the area, it is a dangerous precedent for future zoning changes for adjacent R-15 areas.

The proposed plan is opposed by neighborhood residents benefits primarily only two developers. The plan is not in the interest of the majority of existing residents of the Town of Ramapo and our neighbors in the Town of Clarkstown. The Town of Ramapo has not analyzed the zone change in the context of the existing comprehensive plan and appears to be illegal spot zoning.

The proposed plan puts the environmental resources on the property at risk. In addition, the plan will dramatically increase traffic, increase the need for public services, will exacerbate the current problems with the East Ramapo School District, and will cause major changes to the visual appearance of the neighborhood.

I support ROSA 4 Rockland's efforts to promote sustainable development in the Town of Ramapo and to oppose environmentally unsustainable over development.

Please act responsibly and do not approve the zone change.

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