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Elma moratorium extension requested

The Elma Multiple Dwelling Committee is requesting an extension of a one-year moratorium on multiple dwelling units of another six months.

The public hearing on the extension request will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Elma Town Board meeting.

The committee, headed by Councilman James Malczewski, has been meeting since it was formed in January 2013 to develop guidelines for dwellings larger than three units such as apartment buildings, condos, four-unit apartments, group homes and assistant-living homes.

The committee was formed after a moratorium was put in place when it became apparent the town did not have a building code for buildings larger than a two-family.

The issue came to light when developer Bryan Young of Young Development wanted to apply for a building permit for several four-unit apartment buildings on his 80-acre Bullis Road property, the former Camp Centerland.

Malczewski said the committee composed of members of the Planning, Zoning and Conservation boards, a real estate agent, town attorney, building inspector and a community representative met for the first six months to gather as much information as possible.

“We worked with Drew Reilly, an environmental engineer from Wendel who put the whole product together as he thought we wanted,” Malczewski said.

“Everything was going along well, it was printed, and we planned to give it to the Town Board for consideration, but when we brought it before the committee meeting in November, and they saw it in print, there were major problems with definitions and locations,” he added.

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