Rally Tuesday

Attention Spring Valley CUPON Supporters:

We will hold a short rally before the next village board meeting on Tuesday, March 19!

We will gather at 7:30 in front of village hall, 200 N Main St.

We will protest the unfair, discriminatory housing practices, the explosion of exclusive gated segregated housing that is causing extreme traffic, and the destruction of green space, wooded areas, streams and wildlife in our village.

CUPON Spring Valley is calling for an immediate Moratorium on development until a full study and new plan are completed. Join us by signing today! Then share!!!

Sign the Petition Here: http://sv-cupon.club/moratorium-now/

Join us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/events/392203454664431/

Did you know?That SV CUPON is part of the larger CUPON family?

Read all about it in the Journal News: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/2019/02/14/cupon-rockland-expands-countywide/2788680002/

Meeting Reminder

Our next CUPON meeting will be Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 6 Hoyt St, Spring Valley.

The next village board meeting will be Tuesday, March 19 at 8:00 PM at village hall, 200 N Main St.

We will hold a brief rally outside the March 19 board meeting. Please arrive at 7:30 in front of village hall.

CUPON Spring Valley is calling for an immediate Moratorium on development until a full study and new plan are completed. Join us by signing today! Then share!!!

Sign the Petition Here: http://sv-cupon.club/moratorium-now/

Join us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/SVCUPON/

Did you know?That SV CUPON is part of the larger CUPON family?

Read all about it in the Journal News: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/2019/02/14/cupon-rockland-expands-countywide/2788680002/

Your Voice Counts!

Thick as Thieves

Our village has been in the news again this week because the county personnel dept found that the mayor had illegally hired his friend. At the public hearing on March 6, the same friend was re-hired as a “consultant”, bypassing civil service law. 

The Journal News: Spring Valley rehires Anthony Mallia after Rockland disqualified him on felony conviction

Traffic Drives Call for Moratorium

Several people spoke at the meeting about traffic issues on Union Rd. CUPON has been monitoring development applications on Union Rd, and has noted there are hundreds of new units pending approval or under construction. The failure of the village to consider the cumulative impact of these projects is the main reason the Rockland County Planning Board has issues disapproval recommendations on so many applications.

CUPON addresses traffic concerns

Petition for a Moratorium Now!

CUPON Spring Valley is calling for an immediate Moratorium on development until a full study and new plan are completed. Join us by signing today! Then share!!!

Sign the Petition Here

Meeting Announcements:

Our next CUPON meeting will be Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 6 Hoyt St, Spring Valley.

The next village board meeting will be Tuesday, March 19. There will be several public hearings to approve dozens of new units on already crowded streets with no study of the cumulative impact. We will ask that no projects be approved without proper studies and a new plan.

We will hold a brief rally outside the March 19 board meeting. Please arrive at 7:30 in front of village hall.

The village board rejected the mayor’s call to abdicate responsibility for development approvals. They have made it clear they want a voice in the process. Your participation in village board meetings can have an impact on the decisions. Join Us!

Tree Apocalypse

The benefits of trees in residential areas is well established fact.

The Washington Post has an article with a good summary here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/09/scientists-have-discovered-that-living-near-trees-is-good-for-your-health/

The village of Spring Valley is in the midst of a massive tree cutting spree. Hundreds of trees are coming down every year. The environment of the village is changing drastically.

The village boards claim that no significant environmental change is taking place. The impact of cutting all the trees is dismissed.

Please consider becoming a part of Spring Valley CUPON and help us fight this environmental catastrophe in our village.

Urbanization

Everyone needs a place to live. We all have our own preference about living space, whether we like the busy city life, or the rolling fields of the countryside, or the beauty (and burden) of a shady suburban lawn.

People who have chosen to live in Spring Valley could have chosen to live anywhere in the region. If they wanted an urban environment, it’s right there in the five boroughs, even the cities of Yonkers or White Plains.

Not many people give much thought about land use laws until something upsets the balance and your environment changes. Maybe your city block experiences “blight” when businesses go under. Maybe fracking has wrecked your farm’s water supply. Or gentrification might strike your sleepy suburban street. Then you realize laws can be changed, for good or for bad purposes. The main change agent in real estate regulation today is profit and greed.

Because laws that create a suburban environment set aside larger pieces of land for single family homes, there is a profit incentive to change those laws. The value of a piece of land can increase dramatically when the rules change. This is often called “down-zoning”. Developers who are making a fortune from down-zoning will characterize this as an “improvement”. Politicians (who often get large contributions from developers) will sell the idea to the public as increasing affordability.

What residents actually experience is neither. For those who like the city life, a change from a suburban to an urban environment is already available. If they wanted to live in Brooklyn, they’d already be there. For those living in a suburban environment, having the city move to you is not an “improvement”. Affordability is only ever offered to a few, and there is no legal way to limit it to those already living in the area.

Spring Valley has become an example of all that can go wrong when planning is taken over by the profit motive. Traffic is unbearable. Commercial, industrial and residential uses are on top of each other. Hundreds of new applications are being approved, overriding the county planning board’s warnings, entirely inconsistent with the plans that were designed decades ago. Gated, whites-only developments are popping up. Green space is disappearing. Urbanization is bringing all the problems of the city, with none of the benefits.

The greater NY metropolitan area has a regional housing market. Some people live in Jersey and work in Connecticut. Some live in Rockland and work in NYC. They choose their workplace and home based on convenience and price. When housing is built, it’s price reflects the whole pool of people looking for housing in the regional market. The only factor limiting the profit incentive is land use regulation. NY State leaves most land use decisions to local government, but it also has guidelines encouraging good planning. The goal of planning is improved quality of life. Less traffic on suburban streets. Mass transit in the city. Locating industrial uses away from residential. Commercial zones that have access for deliveries without blocking traffic.

Perhaps it’s time for the state to take a more proactive role. The health and welfare of the people is at stake. The current system is broken. Spring Valley CUPON has taken the lead on monitoring and documenting the abuses. Join us at our monthly meeting to be part of the solution.

 

CUPON in the News!

CUPON is getting results and bringing people together all across Rockland and beyond.

Read all about it in the Rockland Journal News:

CUPON, born amid Ramapo over-development, goes countywide

CUPON Solidarity

Spring Valley CUPON members:

Instead of our regular meeting this Tuesday we will be attending the Hillcrest CUPON meeting, as described below:

CUPON-Hillcrest Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Hillcrest Firehouse, 374 North Main St, Hillcrest, NY

CUPON Members and Friends,

Please join us for our first meeting of 2019.  There is considerable activity going on all over Ramapo, and specifically in Hillcrest, that will affect our hamlet short and long term.

We just had a major victory over the Northbrook development proposal. We stopped for a breath, and new proposals seemingly come out of the woodwork!

There are proposals for Hillcrest for major modifications to existing single-family houses, new development of cluster homes and office buildings. These proposals are on West Hickory Street, North Pascack Road, Eckerson Lane and North Main Street.

So, come and join the camaraderie for a discussion on what is best for our hamlet.

To learn more about our organization:

Like us on Facebook at:     https://www.facebook.com/cuponcommunity
To contact us, email us at: cupon.hillcrest@gmail.com

Visit us on the web at:        https://cuponrockland.org

Follow us on Twitter at:      https://twitter.com/cuponrockland

Donate at GoFundMe:       https://www.gofundme.com/w5yw5b3

Please share this information with your friends, family and neighbors. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you.

Micheal Miller

Meeting Tuesday

Please join us for our regular monthly meeting this Tuesday, January15, at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 3 Hoyt St, Spring Valley.

Our agenda will include reports from those who attended village and zoning board meetings, and those who are collecting petitions for a moratorium.

We are looking forward to seeing you Tuesday!

Moratorium NOW!

SV-CUPON is calling for a moratorium on new development until a new plan is developed. 

  • It has been decades since the village revised it’s master plan.
  • During that time hundreds of new projects have been constructed, including office space, shopping, housing and industrial.
  • The average resident of Spring Valley has not benefited from the construction boom.
  • The majority of the construction has been out of the reach of the average resident, resulting in gentrification.
  • Gated, whites-only developments are replacing diverse neighborhoods in our village.
  • Lots with lawns and trees are being replaced with concrete and asphalt.
  • The resulting cumulative increase in traffic, noise and air pollution, loss of green space, etc. is obvious to all who live here, but has not been quantitatively reviewed.
  • There are currently over 160 projects under consideration by the various boards, most of which are recommended for disapproval by the Rockland County Planning Board because there has been no consideration of the cumulative impact, among other factors.

Therefore, to protect the health and quality of life of the residents of Spring Valley, SV-CUPON calls on the Mayor and the Village Board to enact a moratorium until a new master plan has been created.

Sign our petition for a Moratorium NOW!

Kangaroo Zoning

In Spring Valley

When a proposal fails to pass, the Spring Valley ZBA brings it up again for “reconsideration”. If there are still not enough votes to pass it, they continue to bring it up until the members who oppose are absent. Then a “substitute” member can give the YES vote to arrive at the predetermined outcome. Sometimes they have to extend the time for “reconsideration” if the dissenting members have not been absent.

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