Ateres Bais Yaakov Academy of Rockland

Nanuet, New York

Re-use of an existing church and school building by a Jewish religious school. The Town of Clarkstown Building Department denied a building permit to Ateres based on a misreading of the Zoning Code. It claimed that the Code's requirement that uses other than one-family homes be located on state or county major or secondary roads was a use requirement, not a bulk regulation. The Department then claimed that the school use of the site had ceased more than one year prior to the permit application, and that the prior non-conforming use had therefore expired.

Partnering with the global law firm of Weil, Gotschal & Manges, we prepared and submitted an appeal to the Clarkstown Zoning Board of Appeals.

Narrative Summary to Clarkstown ZBA (large file: 8MB)