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Penn Yan Planning Board stands by moratorium

A heated meeting of the Penn Yan Village Planning Board and developers Carol Genecco and Angelo Licciardello resulted in no action being taken on a site plan application for a senior citizen housing project within the village limits.

This follows the adoption a moratorium by the Village Board June 21 that put a six-month pause on the construction of and processing of all applications for senior housing so they have time to re-write that section of the village code.

At question is the definition of the types of housing permitted in the R1 Zoning District (Single Family Residential), which includes the site at 200 South Ave. where developer David Genecco plans to build eight townhouse-style units for senior housing. The moratorium came after Yates County Judge Jason Cook ruled in the developers’ favor in a lawsuit challenging last fall’s decision by the village zoning board of appeals that the planned project is not a permitted use for the R1 district.

At the time, the ZBA had upheld a decision by Penn Yan Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Lyon that the proposed housing was not permitted in the R1 district, which abuts the town of Milo site where Genecco is building an 74-unit townhouse project on the former home of Keuka Estates Mobile Home Park.

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