A Westchester County country club will once again be able to apply for permits to build 105 residences on its property, thanks to a court ruling.

In a New York State Supreme Court decision on Thursday, Nov. 17, it was determined that the Hampshire Country Club in Mamaroneck can resume a decade-long effort to move the project forward after it was turned down by the village planning council, according to the judgement.

According to the ruling, the court found that the Planning Council’s refusal was unlawful and motivated by an already existing desire to achieve a negative result.

Evidence of this included emails revealing a plot by planning council members to take control of their own consultants because they agreed with the Hampshire consultants, as well as confessions by council members under oath according to which the alleged reasons for refusing the project would not occur. to the court decision.

One such reason for reinstating the Hampshire County Club’s application was that the planning board had asked the golf course to study whether the homes would be affected by projected sea level rise in 2070, and when the country club provided findings that homes would be safe, the council raised the standard to 2080. They then declined to review a study that showed homes would also be safe that year, according to the council’s decision. court.

The decision is a “significant victory for Hampshire”, according to Peter Giles, a spokesman for the country club, who also said the refusal was led by neighbors of the country club seeking to halt all development in the area, including including at least one member of the Town Planning Council.

The area in which the county club is located is zoned for single-family residential use, Giles said.

The country club will also pursue legal action against the village and seek more than $58 million in damages, according to Giles.

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