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December 03, 2016
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Bloomingburg developer stopped with preliminary injunction

Most development at Villages at Chestnut Ridge Development has been halted by court action.

The judge also touched briefly on the “closer than arms length deal” connected to the project, a reference to the fact that the developer deeded over two properties to the mayor of the village as part of the overall process.

Henry again argued that the RCC had no right to bring action about alleged improprieties now, because that should have been done when they were previously in court.

“Even if they didn’t know about them?” Schick asked.

"Yes," said Henry.

Schick said he was going to grant the injunction, and would not be dealing with the previous judge’s ruling, which said the planning procedures were done properly, but would instead be dealing with the voting issue and alleged improprieties.

The RCC is required to post a $100,000 bond, in case they lose the case and the developer suffers financial harm.

Roche said that will be a challenge for the grassroots group. The RCC website is www.ruralcommunitycoalition.com.