INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 North Ocean Avenue
: Freeport, New York
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per day. This fine can he imposed on the owner of the property, or
his agent or contractor, or on the tenant where the property is rented.
In addition, a violation of the Zoning Ordinance is "disorderly
conduct," subject to police action.
Before any building may be erected, and before any structural
changes may be made on any building, a building permit must be ob-tained
from the Superintendent of Buildings, which gives the Super-intendent
a chance to examine the plans to make sure that the zoning
regulations are met. It is the Superintendent's job to see to it that
zoning regulations are carried out. But since there are many thous-ands
of buildings in the Village, the Superintendent may be unaware
of the changed use of a building or even a structural change, unless
it is brought to his attention by someone.
T IT'S UP TO YOU
If you see construction or alteration work going on, and want to
kriow?whether-a-building permit has .been obtained, telephone the
Village Hall (Freeport 8-4000) and ask for the office of the Super-intendent
of Buildings. If the work or the changed use of a building
dp,esrnpt. conform to the zoning regulations and you^want-to find out - -
whether a variance or permit was obtained from the Board of Appeals,
ask for the office of the Superintendent of Buildings, as all such vari-ances
and permits must be filed in his office.
If you want help in seeing to it that the proper zoning is main-tained
in your neighborhood, consult your civic association.
SEE NEXT MONTH'S ISSUE
A vote of confidence was given to Village officials on Biannual
Election Day, March 16. Because Village News had to be printed
before the annual organization meeting early in April, announcements
originating at that session will be published in the May Issue.
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
ROBERT J. •WKINKV. MAYO
HBNRV M. ALTKNOARTDI
PRANK W. COM EM
OBORQB H. FAIRBERd
FMANCI0 J. MU8SO
JOHN J. MAC DONALD
LEONARD D. B. SMITH
BEST m JOHN O. TBSSIER
•TELEPHONE FR 8-4OOO
"The Boating and Fishing Capital of the East"
.RECREATION CENTER A B.USY PLACE
More than 1, 300 young people have registered for Recreation Cen-ter
activities. Meeting rooms are available on request by Freeport
groups. . . . .
Daily schedule: - ' . - ' . . . . • ' - ,
Monday through Thursday-- 3:30 to 5 and 7 to 10 P.M.
Friday — 3:30 to 5 and 7 to 10 P.M.
Saturday -- 10 A. M. until 12 Noon, 3 to 5 P. M. and 7 to 10 P.M..
On Saturday mornings the Art Workshop includes Modern Dance,
Clay Sculpturing, Sketching and Drama.
Special Days: ,
Thursday 10 A. M. to 2 P. M. — Senior Citizens' Day Center.
Monday and Friday — Special program 12 Noon to 2 P. M. - The
Luther E. Woodward School for Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Adult Basketball, Mondays 8-10 P.M., Giblyn School.
Volleyball (Adults), Tuesdays 8-10 P. M., Atkinson School.
Saturday Morning Basketball — Junior High Age — 9 A. M. to
12 Noon at Giblyn, Atkinson, Bayview, Archer and Columbus Avenue
Thursday, Friday and?Saturdayi Bowling 'Instructional Program at
Freeport Bowl. .
Permits: Scheduling of fields is in progress. Teams or groups ~ :
wishing to use fields must apply for permits. . :
The Freeport Park Commission now has four picnic sites -- at
Northeast, Northwest, Randall atod Waterfront Parks.
At no cost, the Recreation Department loans movie-projector-sound
equipment to any Freeport group. Just call the Recreation
office for information.
PLANNING BOARD -- Taylor Hall (Member)
WATCH YOUR ZONING
(Reprinted in part, and brought up to date, from a pamphlet issued
a few years ago by the Northeast Civic Association, Columbia
Heights Civic Association and Community Relations Council of
Do you want to maintain the value of your property ? Then do
something about it.
Property values go down when property becomes run-down. The
biggest single cause of falling real estate values is FAILURE TO
KEEP UP THE PROPERTY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
How do we avoid this creeping blight in a neighborhood ? There
are only a few simple rules:
(1) See to it that the zoning regulations are .obeyed.
(2) Keep your own property looking attractive. Do.your bit, and
help set the standard for others.
(3) Make it clear to laggards in the neighborhood that their pro-perty
should be kept looking attractive.
For most residents the big question is, how may an owner of
land in the Residence "A" district use his property ? The uses all-owed
in Business "B" and other districts are described in the Zon-ing
Ordinance, which can be inspected in the office of the Village
RESIDENCE "A" DISTRICT
Since April 1, I960 only one-family houses are allowed in the
Residence "A" District. Before April, I960 two-family houses were
also allowed, and even three-family houses if permission was ob-tained
from the Board of Appeals. Houses which were legally occu-pied
as two-family or three-family residence on April 1, I960 may
legally continue as two and three-family residences respectively.
Apartment houses are not allowed in the Residence "A" District.
But churches are permitted, as well as public and private schools,
libraries, parks and hospitals. . . • . . ....
BOARDERS, ROOMERS AND LODGERS
No matter how big the house, not more than one room may be
rented out, and not more than two persons in all may occupy the one
rented room, unless a special permit has been obtained from the
Board of Appeals. But there are some special rules about rented
(1) Roomers may not have separate cooking facilities.
(2) The roomers are not allowed to cook in the house.
(3) If it is a two-family house or larger, the roomers must
have a bathroom of their own, separate from the bathrooms of the
regular family apartments.
There must be at least 800 square feet of floor area in every dwel-ling
unless a special permit is obtained from the Board of Appeals.
There are special rules as to the size, height and locations of
buildings. For example, buildings may not be over three stories
high, and the lot must have at least 5, 000 square feet for each
familyc The home may not cover more than 30 per cent of the area
of the lot, and in addition not more than 10 per cent of the lot may
be covered by garages or other buildings. Front and rear yards
must each be at least 20 feet deep, and the rear yard must be at
least one-fifth of the whole depth of the lot, although it may contain
an accessory building such as a garage. Side yards must be at least
five feet wide on each side and the two side yards together must be
at least one-fourth of the whole width of the lot.
If the building on the lot is not a residence, or a building acces-sory
to a residence, it must have a side yard of at least 40 feet. ..
Doctors, dentists aria other professional people may use their
homes as their offices. But for other home occupations a permit
must first be obtained from the Village Clerk and there are certain
rules which must be observed: the home occupation must be conduc-ted
in the residence, there may be no hired personnel, and the visi-ble
advertising is limited to certain types of signs (a six-inch by
12-inch professional name plate, or a one-foot by two-foot .sign not
more than four feet from the ground and at least 10 feet back from
the nearest property line).
CARS AND TRUCKS
Garage space or parking space may be provided on a lot for not
more than three automobiles. One of these automobiles may be a
truck, provided it does not have a capacity of more than one and one-half
ton -- but neither a truck nor a trailer may be stored outdoors.
The rules about renting out garage space ar,e stricter: garage
space for only one automobile may be rented out, but it must be a ^
passenger car, not a truck.
BOARD OF APPEALS
This Board is appointed by the Village Board. It has power to
grant a variance when the zoning ordinance is unfair or oppressive
as to a particular parcel of property, and it has power to grant spec-ial
permission to do certain things, but only after notice of the appli-cation
for the variance or permit is given to neighbors and a public
hearing is held at which people have a chance to explain any objec-tions
they may have. The Board of Appeals may exercise its power
to grant a permit only if it finds that it would not substantially dep-reciate
the value of other property, alter the essential character of
the neighborhood, or create a nuisance or fire hazard.
The decisions of the Board of Appeals are public records, and
mav be inspected in the office of the Village Clerk.
ENFORCING THE ZONING LAWS
The penalty for violating the Zoning Ordinance is a fine up to $100
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