Now that two appeals court objections to a proposal to establish a new village within the Town of Monroe have been dismissed, Orange County is one step closer to being the location of a second Hasidic village.
The Town of Monroe and the Village of Kiryas Joel have taken action to prevent the proposed construction of the Village of Seven Springs, which is located west of Kiryas Joel, according to The Journal News (https://bit.ly/3KCzER9).
The appeals court panel dismissed their concerns on April 12 after a Supreme Court judge rejected earlier legal challenges brought by the village and the town to block the incorporation of Seven Springs.
Within Monroe’s boundaries, petitions were filed in 2019 to establish Seven Springs, giving locals in the 1.9 square mile region—which was not included in Kiryas Joel’s prior annexation efforts—the power to regulate zoning in an area that comprises the majority of the unincorporated properties in northern Monroe.
Seven Springs would be more significant if authorized than Kiryas Joel, encompassing land on both Route 17 and part of the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall.
According to Seven Springs attorney Steven Barshov, “We’re looking forward to the town promptly processing the incorporation petition at this time.”
Town board members and Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone said they would talk about whether to try to appeal their case to the state’s highest court.
The Town of Monroe would be required to determine whether the proposed village’s petition complies with all legal requirements before deciding to approve it, resulting in a public hearing and a vote by the locals if any further legal actions are taken to prevent the formation of Seven Springs.