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A zoning change to increase the allowable density of Gan Eden was passed in 2005. The above letter clearly indicates that the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development considered their submission as incomplete.

The petition below asks you to support our effort to revert the zoning to a more reasonable level.

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I am a resident and property owner in the Town of Thompson and respectfully request the Town Board to revise its zoning back to Rural Residential (RR-1) to allow for smart and measured growth and development in our Catskill community.

1. When Town zoning was amended by the Town Board in 2005 and 2007, replacing the RR-1 district with a Suburban Residential (SR) district it was not done in conformance with Municipal Law Section 239, as confirmed in a letter from the Sullivan County Commissioner of Planning on June 21, 2005 (see letter on left).

2. The Town Board not only exceeded its authority by filing these zoning changes but also lacked the municipal infrastructure to support the scale and density of development that the SR zoning allowed.

3. Today, the Town of Thompson is still without the water, sewage and road systems necessary for SR density allowances and RR-1 is a more appropriate and responsible zoning category.

4. All proposals, those now before the Town of Thompson Planning Board without a vested interest, and those not yet presented to the Planning Board, should be subject to RR-1 zoning allowances.

I am opposed to the process by which our zoning was modified in 2005 and 2007 and request a RR-1 District be restored to ensure smart growth for the Town of Thompson, maintaining our community character, recognizing its natural resource limitations and encouraging responsible rural economic development. Thank you for your consideration.

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