2017-07-05 / Front Page

Judge rules in favor of Crossroads

Dismisses latest CHA lawsuit against Belleayre Resort
Joan Lawrence-Bauer

Local supporters of the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park had reason to cheer this week when State Supreme Court Judge Richard Mott dismissed yet another of the lawsuits filed to try to stop Crossroads Ventures from building a resort complex under consideration for nearly tow decades. In a decision signed June 30, Mott dismissed and/or found no merit in all seven causes of action identified by the Catskill Heritage Alliance as it sought to overturn a decision by the Shandaken Zoning Board.

Mott said claims of arbitrary and capricious actions in the first three causes were “without merit” and labeled the Zoning Board’s decision “rational.” The justice said CHA failed to demonstrate a formal rule violation” and dismissed the charge that open meeting law was violated. He ruled that an alleged conflict of interest for one planning board member as without merit because the decision was a five to zero decision and all potential conflicts had been disclosed. Mott also ruled on items six and seven challenging the board’s approvals on a lack of specificity, saying “given the ZBA’s rational conclusion that the habitational structures are a lodge development permitted in the subject zoning districts by special permit, the Approvals are also entitled to deference.”

The full story and latest news on the project will appear in next week’s Catskill Mountain News, on stands and on line each Wednesday morning.

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Fred Griffin I believe that

Fred Griffin I believe that in the 3rd line of the first paragraph there is a typo,,,,i'll be generous w/that comment. "under consideration for tow decaeds". Please correct me if I'm wrong. BTW this is not a complaint.
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