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Lawyer: Code change would result in 25% reduction in size of Woodbury warehouse

A proposed Oyster Bay zoning code change that would double required parking spaces for warehouses and distribution centers would result in a 25% reduction in a proposed facility in Woodbury, the developer’s lawyer told council city ​​last week.

The increased parking requirements are part of a series of proposed changes to the city’s zoning code that were the subject of a public hearing May 10 at the regular city council meeting.

The Manhattan-based Rockefeller Group has been working with the city since last year to plan a 150,000-square-foot warehouse, group attorney Philip Butler of Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz PC said during the hearing. hearing.

“If this passes and they have to comply with it, they are going to have to reduce their project by about 25%, they are going to have to redesign their parking areas and they are going to lose free space on the property,” a Butler said “There’s a cost element to that.”

Existing code for warehouses, distribution centers and storage facilities requires a minimum of one parking stall per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area. The proposed change would double the parking space requirement by setting the minimum at one parking space per 500 square feet.

Referring to a previous speaker at the hearing who said the proposed change would have constitutional problems as a government, City Supervisor Joseph Saladino asked Butler if he thought the change would be unconstitutional.

Butler replied that he couldn’t say it was unconstitutional on its face, but “that doesn’t mean it’s not problematic, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t invite litigation.”

The company closed on the 1 Media Crossways property in Woodbury after lengthy discussions with the planning department on the understanding that the project would not require variances, Butler said. Butler asked the city council to consider different parking ratios or an exclusion for projects like this one that is already being planned.

Oyster Bay Planning and Development Commissioner Elizabeth Maccarone said the change would revert the code to how it was written before changes made in the 2000s and was based on a ‘current times’ review which have seen the rise of e-commerce and same day delivery services.

Another proposed zoning change would increase the number of parking spaces at places of worship so that it is based on occupancy rather than the number of seats since some places of worship do not have seats, Maccarone said. .

The board did not vote on the proposed changes and kept the file open for public comment to be submitted for 10 days.