Owners of the flood-prone Hampshire Country Club have sued the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board over the alleged sluggish pace of its project proposal review.
Hampshire Recreation LLC wants to build a 105 unit development that would include both “carriage homes” and stand alone houses alongside a 9-hole hole golf course. An attorney for the company complains the Planning Board has dragged its feet for the required reviews.
“A process that would normally take 18 months has gone on for four years,” said attorney David Cooper. “The law requires that the board complete the reviews in an efficient manner, ” he said.
The current owners bought the financially distressed Country Club in 2010 and had first proposed a large condominium building on 2-acres of the site under a request for rezoning. The idea was rejected. The new plan conforms to existing single-family zoning, according to the developer, but would require building homes on the often soggy golf course.
Mamaroneck Mayor Tom Murphy calls the lawsuit “more of a public relations gimmick than a serious legal gambit.” He points out the Hampshire proposal is the largest application that Village has ever received and that the Planning Board’s questions to the developer have only prompted incomplete or vague answers. “I have every confidence that the Planning Board has done their due diligence,” he told The Loop.
The next meeting with the Planning Board is scheduled for December 3rd, but the Mayor says Hampshire is “tens of thousands of dollars in arrears,” on the required retainers for planning review. Cooper confirms a demand for the fees was received by Hampshire LLC after the lawsuit was filed but disputes the accuracy of the assessment.
Legal arguments pertaining to the developer’s lawsuit are due by December 20th.
Lou Young is a veteran journalist who has been honored with multiple awards including 10 Emmys. He retired in 2017 after 43 years in TV News and was recently appointed a Trustee in the Village of Mamaroneck, and has suspended reporting duties.