GOSHEN – The Village of Kiryas Joel has withdrawn its six-year lawsuit against the Village of Woodbury in which it challenged Woodbury’s comprehensive plan.
The lawsuit had alleged that Woodbury’s comprehensive plan included “exclusionary” zoning.
Had the suit continued and Kiryas Joel was successful, it would have been “crippling to Woodbury’s quality of life,” said Assemblyman James Skoufis, who said the discontinuation of the legal action is “a major win for Woodbury residents.”
The village zoning “is now protected, the character of our community is maintained, and taxpayer dollars are saved from continued legal expenses,” the assemblyman said.
“Protecting Woodbury has and will always be my and the village board’s top priority,” said Mayor Michael Queenan, who credited Skoufis with helping to secure “this legal victory.”
“Woodbury is a beautiful, suburban community – and we need to keep it that way,” said Town Supervisor-elect Frank Palermo.
Skoufis also secured commitments to create a buffer between the towns of Palm Tree and Blooming Grove, establish a new route for the Long Path, and make any legislative acceleration of Palm Tree’s timetable contingent on special state aid for Monroe-Woodbury schools.
On election day, the Village of Kiryas Joel won approval of Monroe voters to create the Town of Palm Tree out of a small section of the current Town of Monroe and Kiryas Joel.